New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 9, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Reagan's 'Big Three' gone; latest switch gets praise
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan is embarking on his second term without the coterie of close aides and advisers who helped propel him into the Oval Office and guided White House operations and policy during his first term.
In a spur-of-the-minute, nationally televised announcement, the president surprised even his own staff Tuesday when he disclosed that two of his most senior advisers — Chief of Staff James A. Baker III and Treasury Secretary Donald T. Regan — are switching jobs.
The president praised the two men as having “compiled outstanding records of achievement” during his first four-year term, and explained the change by saying they sought new opportunities and challenges.
Reagan added that he hoped the swap would
help them inject “renewed vigor” into their work and that he was confident it would “contribute substantially to our second term.”
The moves were greeted with general praise on Capitol Hill, where Majority Leader Robert Dole said there were “no losers.” Dole described both men as pragmatists who understand the need to reduce the deficit, but he also predicted the staff turnover would not have any affect on the president s opposition to tax increases.
Reagan himself addressed that point in an interview Tuesday with The Dallas Morning News. “The true believer in the White House is sitting in the Oval Office,” Reagan said.
“No one has been whittling at me or trying to change my philosophy since I’ve been here,” the president said. “Sometimes I wonder if some of
those very vocal conservatives are really conservatives in conservatives’ eyes. They’re not in mine.”
Reagan announced the switch barely 24 hours after it was put to him by his long-time aide and deputy chief of staff, Michael K. Deaver, who revealed his own intentions to leave the White House only last week.
According to presidential spokesman Larry Speakes, Deaver, Regan and Baker engineered the staff maneuver during the past several weeks, keeping the president in the dark until they had worked out the details of the arrangement.
The 73-year-old president endorsed the plan when it was put before him on Monday, Speakes said. Reagan's style has been to delegate many of the details of management to his staff.
Rebels, Vietnamese clash near camp
ARANYAPRATHET, Thailand (AP) - Vietnamese troops and Cambodian guerrillas skirmished today outside Ampil camp in Cambodia, which was abandoned Tuesday by the anticommunist resistance fighters, Red Cross officials and Thai army officers said.
Between the sporadic clashes along the Thai-Cambodia border, guerrillas of the Khmer People’s National Liberation Front were regrouping in preparation for further combat, the Thai officers said.
Some 5,000 of the fighters were overpowered by an artillery and tank-powered Vietnamese assault launched on their headquarters camp Monday.
The resistance leaders decided to withdraw Tuesday in the hope of keeping their force intact to fight again. They abandoned the small portion of
the camp they had held onto through two days of fighting,and thousands of rebels scrambled aboard military trucks bearing Thai markings to be taken to undisclosed locations.
Six of the eight Khmer People’s National liberation Front camps inside Cambodia have been overrun during the dry season offensive that Vietnamese forces began in mid-November.
The Sok Sann and Dong Ruk camps remain unscathed and some of the guerrillas from Ampil were believed headed for Dong Ruk. About 20,000 Cambodian civilians and 4,300 Vietnamese refugees are at Dong Ruk.
The resistance coalition had about 20 camps just inside Cambodia, including the bases now in Vietnamese hands. The communist Khmer Rouge have IO, the liberation Front had eight, and the
supporters of former Cambodian leader Prince Norodom Sihanouk have two.
The three groups joined in a shaky coalition in 1981 to oppose the Heng Samrin government installed in Cambodia six years ago by Vietnamese forces who ended a reign of terror by the Khmer Rouge.
The number of casualties from the two-day battle for Ampil remained uncertain. The guerrillas insist that their men inflicted a heavy toll on the better-armed Vietnamese, but this could not be verified.
Lt. Gen. Pichitr Kullavanijaya, commander of Thailand’s first army region, estimated that not more than 20 guerrillas were killed, 50 seriously wounded and about 50 more with lighter injuries.
Cause sought in El Paso blast
EL PASO (AP) — Fire officials in this West Texas city today were left with the task of searching for the cause of an explosion that destroyed a house, damaged at least 17 others and injured ll people.
The blast occurred early Tuesday in a house where three people were asleep, said Deputy Fire Chief Mike Duryee.
The three, who suffered second-degree burns over IO percent of their bodies, remained at Sun Towers Hospital late Tuesday in stable condition, said nursing director Jolan Conan.
She identified them as Luis and Virginia Velez and their son, Martin.
Eight others, who were in nearby houses at the time, received minor cuts and bruises in the blast, Duryee said. All the injured were adults, he
“It was a major explosion,” he said. "We don’t know what caused it. There was a small fire after the explosion, but it was brought under control within 20 minutes."
Charred debris filled the street in front of the Velez house and police cordoned off a three-block area immediately after the accident.
Duryee said an investigation could take up to two days to complete.
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New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Wednesday, January 9,1985 SA
Unemployment rate up for December
WASHINGTON (AP) -Unemployment edged up to 7.2 percent of the civilian work force in December as a surge in Americans looking for work surpassed the creation of about 340,000 new jobs during the month, the government reported today.
The number of Americans actually holding jobs in December rose to a record 106.3 million, but the total of unemployed increased to 8.2 million as the labor force expanded by 390,000, the I^ibor Department report said.
Meanwhile, the number of “discouraged workers,” those without jobs but not counted as unemployed because they’ve given up looking, increased to 1.3 million from the September level of 1.2 million. Those quarterly figures have been falling for the last two years, since reaching a recession high of 1.8 million at the end of 1982.
Since then, some 7.1 million jobs
have been created. In 1984 alone, the economic expansion produced
3.2 million new jobs.
A yearend slowdown in U.S. economic growth had led many economists to expect that the jobless rate would either rise a bit or remain flat in December. But widespread predictions of at least somewhat faster growth early in this new year would seem to indicate the unemployment increase will be short-lived.
Many analysts had been surprised by November figures that showed the rate declining to 7.2 percent from October’s 7.4 percent. Today's report revised those figures to 7.3 percent for October and 7.1 percent for November.
The rate, which reached 10.7 percent near the end of the 1981-82 recession, dropped to a revised 7.2 percent last June but bounced back to 7.5 percent before beginning to decline again.
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