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Jackson staffers leaving Washington

Four of Jesse Jackson's top staff members have left or are in the process of leaving his Washington headquarters, which sources have described as a sign that Jackson will not run for District of Columbia mayor this year. Sources close to his association also say Jackson is now considering a possible run for one of two "shadow" senator seats to serve as a paid lobbyist for D.C. statehood. Jackson urged the D.C. Council on Wednesday to authorize an election to fill those posts _ an election that has been delayed four times. Jackson sidestepped questions about his political future during a news conference at the District Building.Senate at odds over Armenian resolution

The Senate spent hours Wednesday locked in an unusual debate over honoring Armenians who died early in the century at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. The debate has pitted some of the Senate's most powerful figures against each other and unleashed a frenzy of lobbying. The resolution being sponsored by Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, the Republican leader, would designate April 24 as a day of remembrance of the "Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923." The core of the debate is over the use of the word "genocide." Turkey has termed the use offensive, and the measure's Senate opponents, led by Robert Byrd of West Virginia, say that passage of the resolution could harm Turkish-American ties.

China policy critic's aide visited China

Last December, Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell attacked President Bush's decision to send national security adviser Brent Scowcroft to China for talks with the leadership that crushed pro-democracy demonstrators in June in Tiananmen Square. He accused the president of an "embarrassing kowtowing" to Beijing that made a "mockery" of American concerns for human rights. Mitchell repeated his criticism Tuesday in response to a State Department report detailing a continuing crackdown on dissent there. But one of Mitchell's aides was part of a congressional staff trip to China in December, the same time as the Scowcroft visit. A State Department official said the trip was paid for by a group financed by the Chinese government. A Mitchell spokeswoman said the visit was for fact-finding, not policy-making.

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President Bush announced the nomination Tuesday of Curtis Bohlen, vice president of the World Wildlife Fund, as assistant secretary of state for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs.

President Bush notified Congress on Tuesday that the governments of the United States and Canada had reached agreement on the quick lifting of tariffs on some 400 products worth $6-billion in trade.

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