-- The incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jesse A. Helms (R-N.C.), has been making headlines with his sharp attacks on President Clinton, GATT, and the Middle East peace talks, but Republican moderates hope to rein in the archconservative. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), for example, is hinting that as head of the appropriations foreign operations subcommittee, he will wield the real clout over foreign policy.

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