AG THURSDAY, MAY 1, 1997 WASHINGTON THE SAUNA JOURNAL WHAT ABOUT BOB? Dole's new life will include a book, law work and speeches By CURT ANDERSON Tlw Associated Press W ASHINGTON — After Four decades in public life, 73-year-old Bob Dole starts work today with a high- powered Washington law firm. The former Kansas senator and presidential candidate is preparing to write a book, give speeches around the country — and retain a voice in Republican politics. "It's going to be Bob Dole Enterprises, I guess," Dole, grinning, told an interviewer. The former Senate majority leader said he will never lobby Congress or the executive branch for Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand. The downtown firm's long client list includes more than 90 Fortune 500 companies and some foreign governments. Dole's main duty will be bringing in new clients, a task he can combine with traveling the nation making speeches and raising money for the planned World War II Memorial in Washington. He also is working out a deal to write a book he hopes to have ready in the fall about "things that have been important in my lifetime that might have some value for readers." To take up his new digs at the law office, Dole finally is moving out of his GOP presidential campaign office suite, where "Dole For President" signs still adorned the windows Wednesday. Dole took time Wednesday to discuss his new job and future projects, his views of the current political landscape, even the potential for a presidential run by his wife Elizabeth Dole in 2000. Although Elizabeth Dole "sees these polls coming out," Dole said "it's way too early" for her to consider such a bid seriously. After a few months of relative inactivity — Dole blames his low post-election profile in part on a case of shingles — Dole reemerged recently with a splash. First he loaned House Speaker Newt Gingrich $300,000 to pay an ethics penalty, then he helped The Associated Press Former Senate majority leader Bob Dole, with his dog, Leader, gestures Wednesday during an interview in his Washington law office. President Clinton get the chemical weapons treaty passed. Dole bristles at Democratic criticism his loan to Gingrich is ethically flawed. "It's not going to be any sweetheart deal. I'm talking to my banker, and he's going to be able to tell me in writing that he'd do it," Dole said. He loaned Gingrich the money because "he was between a rock and a hard place," he said. "I don't have any agenda. I'm not going to run for anything. I'm not going to lobby Newt." Dole talks regularly with longtime Senate friends like Pete Domenici of New Mexico and Al D'Amato of New York, but he said Dole's dog earning keep By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Bob Dole's not the only one in the family bringing home some big bucks. As the former Kansas senator starts his new job at a Washington law firm, his 14- year-old schnauzer, Leader, is making some money in the private sector too. Leader is being paid $5,000 by Ralston Purina Co. to appear on a 1998 calendar of celebrity dogs, Dole said Wednesday. Leader sat in on an interview Dole gave to The Associated Press. The money will be donated to the Washington Humane Society, where the Doles adopted Leader. he's not looking to be a power broker. Neither will he remain silent. "I'm going to speak out on public policy issues. What I don't want to do is make it appear that I'm over there (in the Capitol) trying to frustrate the leadership," he said. Dole said he and Clinton put the election behind them during a 50-minute talk at the White House just before Christmas. "It was a rather frank discussion. I thought they'd been a little rough on Medicare. We sort of kicked that around," Dole said. Then, when Clinton gave Dole the Presidential Medal of Freedom in January, Dole told the president he would work with Clinton on issues of national interest — such as overcoming conservative Republican opposition to the chemical weapons treaty. "My view is, the election's over. If I can be helpful, that's the same duty every citizen has," he said. "I think it was the right thing to do." V DISASTER RELIEF Disaster relief caught in web of party bickering Democrats balk at plan to prevent government shutdown in the fall By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In a classic Capitol dispute, legislation providing billions of dollars in disaster relief became ensnared Wednesday in a partisan quarrel over a move by Republicans to prevent a government shutdown this fall. GOP lawmakers insisted on attaching the no-shutdown provision to the disaster aid package in a move that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, described as "good government." Democrats countered that Republicans were using the no-shutdown provision as a guise for forcing deep cuts in social programs. "Four hundred thousand Pell grant students will lose their Pell grants" if the GOP proposal passes, said Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota. "Two hundred thousand veterans are going to be cut off from their benefits." The White House said President Clinton would veto the relief bill if Republicans persist in adding the no-shutdown measure. With Republicans holding a 15-13 majority on the Senate Appropriations Committee, it seemed likely the no-shutdown provision would remain intact during the panel's deliberations. The prospects are clouded on the Senate floor, though, if Democrats filibuster the no-shutdown provision. Republicans hold a 55-45 majority, but it takes 60 votes to shut down a filibuster. The underlying disaster relief aid enjoys wide support in the Senate.. In all, the $8.4 billion bill includes $5.5 billion to help disaster victims in 22 states, the flood- stricken Dakotas and Minnesota among them. Daschle said an additional $50 million was added during the day to compensate ranchers for livestock losses. But the no-shutdown measure quickly became a flashpoint, as the two parties waged their recurrent struggle over spending priorities. A third factor was clearly at play, as well — struggle for control of the Senate's agenda. "We are the majority," the Republican leader, Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, said. The White House and Democrats, he added, can't have an attitude that says, '"Do it our way or we're not going to do it at all.' That's not the way it works." Chelsea will attend Stanford By The Associated Press ' WASHINGTON — Ending months of speculation and rumor, Chelsea Clinton chose Stanford University as her next home, putting 3,000 miles between her and the iron gates on Pennsylvania Avenue. "Planes run out there and phones work out there. E-mail works out there, so we'll be all right," President Clinton sighed. The first couple's only child announced Wednesday in a single- sentence statement from Mom's press office that she would enroll at Stanford next fall. "I'm just grateful this day has come," said first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton after being questioned almost daily about Chelsea's pick. "I think she wanted to branch out and be her own person ... make her own mark in the world." The elite California university, with its sunny campus in the foothills south of San Francisco, had received 16,840 applications for just 1,610 freshman slots. Tuition, books, room and board will set the Clintons back more than $31,000 a year. V CAMPAIGN FUND-RAISING Reno will not seek independent counsel Attorney general sees no link between Clinton officials and misdeeds By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Attorney General Janet Reno firmly defended her decision not to seek an independent counsel's investigation of campaign financing, telling Republican critics Wednesday that she won't yield to "pressure from any quarter." Republicans accused the attorney general of misreading the law and of ignoring clear conflicts of interest that cry out for an independent investigation. Reno, grilled by Senate Republicans, said Justice Department prosecutors had found no evidence of wrongdoing by high Clinton administration officials that would warrant seeking an independent counsel. V SENATE RENO "We do not have any specific and credible evidence that any covered official violated the law. If you have any such information forward it to us and we will review it," Reno told Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Let me be absolutely clear: I am not going to violate my oath in this matter because of pressure from any quarter, not from the media, not from Congress, nor from anywhere else," Reno said. "To do so would be wrong, and I will have no part in it." Hatch persisted. "All of the persons or entities under investigation have strong ties to the inner circles of the White House and its re-election campaign," Hatch said. "If this does not present the attorney general with a conflict of interest, I would like to. know what does." Hatch argued that Reno was applying an outdated standard that was in place before Congress changed the law in the early 1980s to make it easier to trigger court appointment of an independent counsel. Cellular In Bloom. OFF ACTIVATION. 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The GOP and business groups claimed victory in the dispute over use of unionized workers for federal construction projects, but the White House said Clinton would send agencies a memo similar to the proposed executive order. "I didn't have a problem with Alexis Herman being secretary of labor," Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla., who had placed the hold on Herman's nomination, said moments before Wednesday's vote. "My purpose was to make sure that the administration does not try to legislate by executive order." Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback voted for the confirmation, while Sen. Pat Roberts voted against it. .(ROM * OFF The Kansas Cellular gardens are in bloom and everything's coming up cellular! And nobody knows how to grow cellular better than Kansas Cellular. Only Kansas Cellular provides you with ONE statewide supersystem that's grown to 113 towers covering 95 counties. 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