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Wednesday July 17, 1974
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This Day In 1970's History: Wednesday July 17, 1974
  • Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee are torn between pressures for and against a vote recommending impeachment. Undecided Republicans are being urged by those against impeachment to join a solid Republican bloc. Constituents are warning they could lose support either way. But the senior Republican member, Robert McClory of Illinois, said he would ignore the perils to his own career if he decided Mr. Nixon should be held accountable for "wrongdoing taking place right under the President's nose." [New York Times]
  • A committee of Democratic members of the House reopened the battle over reorganizing its committees with a proposal that would reduce the power of the Rules Committee and increase that of the Speaker. The changes are more modest than another proposal by a bipartisan panel. [New York Times]
  • New York City Controller Harrison Goldin reluctantly borrowed $800 million in short-term funds at an interest rate of 8.586 percent, the highest in New York's history, to meet debts due in the next few weeks. He then left for Washington to ask top federal officials to help ease the credit squeeze on cities, and won a promise from the chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers to consider speeding federal payments to cities. [New York Times]
  • The United States has begun discussions with the new leadership on Cyprus but Washington insists that no decision has been made on diplomatic recognition. High American officials indicated the Nixon administration was leaning toward Nikos Giorgiades Sampson rather than President Makarios, who was overthrown in the military coup that Mr. Sampson led. [New York Times]
  • Archbishop Makarios and Premier Bulent Ecevit of Turkey conferred separately in London with Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Foreign Secretary James Callaghan, trying to work out a common approach to reverse the Cyprus coup. Britain is reluctant to use more than diplomatic pressure on Greece. Word that the United States is dropping Archbishop Makarios adds another complication. [New York Times]
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