Federal File: News briefs; Diversity; On the bench
President Clinton kept his promise to return to MTV: Music Television last week when he answered questions about crime and violence as part of the cable network's "Enough Is Enough'' violence-prevention campaign.
Mr. Clinton, who first appeared on MTV during the 1992 Presidential campaign, stumped for pending omnibus crime legislation, emphasized crime prevention, and discussed strategies to make schools and communities safer.
But he handled other questions as well. One young woman--this is, after all, a network that caters to the libidos of teenagers and young adults--solicited the President's preferred style of underwear. He said he is a briefs man.
President Clinton also said that rap songs should be judged by their intended purpose, and that the Administration is considering launching a gun buy-back program on "a national basis.''
Hillary Rodham Clinton last week visited a Baltimore public school run by a private, for-profit company.
The First Lady stopped by Sarah M. Roach Elementary School, one of 12 public schools in the city managed by Education Alternatives Inc.
"I'm looking at all kinds of different ways to make [schools] work,'' Mrs. Clinton told reporters, according to The Sun in Baltimore. "We want every school district to try different things.''
Observers are again speculating that Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley is on a list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees. He reportedly was offered a seat last year when Justice William J. Brennan resigned, but turned down the job.
Mr. Riley is said to have reiterated his desire to remain off the Court, which will soon have a vacancy with the retirement of Harry A. Blackmun.
David S. Tatel, a former head of the office for civil rights in the old Health, Education, and Welfare Department, is in line to become a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Mr. Tatel, 52, now a prominent Washington education lawyer, is slated to take the spot formerly held by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He has not yet been formally nominated.--MARK PITSCH & MARK WALSH