July 30, 1997 --
Sophomores on the Budget
A regular NewsHour panel of five members of Congress, all elected during the Republican takeover in 1994, discusses the balanced budget deal.
July 29, 1997 --
Analyzing the Budget Deal
Balance the budget in 5 years, give $91 billion in
net tax breaks and change Medicare. The
Congress and the White House appear to have a
deal. Proponents and opponents debate.
July 28, 1997 --
... Mightier Than the Sword
A special perspective on the political and other events of this summer. It is that of editorial cartoonists
who regularly appear on the NewsHour.
July 28, 1997 -- Intra-Party Politics
Sen. Jesse Helms opposes President Clinton's
nomination of Gov. William Weld (R- MA) as
next ambassador to Mexico. Have bipartisan
gestures been thwarted by internal divison?
July 25, 1997 --
Shields & Gigot
This week: Haley Barbour's defense of a
GOP/Hong Kong connection, fallout from the
failed attempt to oust Speaker Gingrich, and
pearls of wisdom from Rep. Sony Bono (R-CA).
July 22, 1997 -- "Bordering On Cannibalism"?
Last week's botched coup against Speaker Newt
Gingrich was the latest example of the growing
rift between conservative Representatives and
those looking to work with President Clinton.
July 21, 1997 -- Historical Congressional Hearings
The NewsHour's regular panel of historians, joined by former Senator Warren Rudman (R-NH), look at the nature of congressional investigations.
July 18, 1997 -- Shields & Gigot
What a week! House Speaker Newt Gingrich
quashed an attempt by conservative rebels to
oust him. Then there were the campaign
spending hearings. Are they getting anywhere?
July 18, 1997 --
The State of the Hearings: Week Two
As week two of the Senate's investigation came to a close, the NewsHour examined what the committee
had uncovered and what it hadn't yet proved. Following a recap of the week's hearings from Kwame
Holman, Margaret Warner discusses the state of the hearings with Marc Lacey of the Los Angeles
Times and James Barnes of the National Journal.
July 17, 1997 -- The Wanderings of Huang
The Senate today examined the "suspicious" work of John Huang. They interviewed a secretary from an Arkansas- based accounting firm that served as a second office for the then-Commerce Department official.
July 16, 1997 -- The CIA Testifies
The Senate heard testimony from the CIA agent assigned to the Commerce Department today. The agent, John Dickerson, testifying behind a screen to protect his identity, told the committee that he had briefed John Huang on classified information regarding China.
July 15, 1997 -- Week Two Begins
Senator Fred Thompson kicked off the second week of testimony with former employees of the Indonesia-based Lippo Group. Kwame Holman reports.
July 15, 1997 -- Condition Critical
Congress has worked out two competing
versions of Medicare reform. The Senate's
sweeping changes have provoked sharp
criticism. Which will improve the entitlement?
July 11, 1997 --
Shields & Gigot
Our pundits spar over the campaign finance
investigations that began this week in the
Senate. Is the committee really addressing the
issues or simply playing party politics?
July 10, 1997 --
Former Democratic National Committee finance chief Richard Sullivan spent a second day before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee answering questions on possible money laundering and foreign fund-raising practices.
July 10, 1997 --
A Question of Immunity
Behind the scenes, the first week of the Senate's campaign finance investigation has been focused on a possible immunity deal for Democratic fund-raiser John Huang. Two former special prosecutors examine the wisdom of congressional immunity with Jim Lehrer.
July 9, 1997 --
The First Witness
The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee called its first witness in its investigation today. Richard Sullivan, former DNC finance official, said that John Huang had been hired after two calls from White House Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes. Kwame Holman reports on Day Two.
July 8, 1997 --
Senator Fred Thompson opened his committee's hearings into campaign finance irregularities saying he believed that the Chinese government had made a concerted effort to infiltrate the U.S. government. Listen to excerpts from today's opening statements.
July 8, 1997 -- Initial Maneuvers
On the first day of the Senate's investigation into campaign fund-raising practices, both parties made startling revelations. Chairman Fred Thompson (R-TN) said the committee had proof of an organized effort by the Chinese government to influence U.S. government. The ranking Democrat to John Glenn (D-OH) also stated that a possible immunity agreement had been reached with Democratic fund-raiser John Huang. Senators Glenn and Arlen Specter (R-PA) discuss the first day's events with Jim Lehrer.
July 7, 1997 --
The Hearing Fight
Kwame Holman reports on the struggle to begin the Senate's investigation into campaign finance irregularities.
July 4, 1997 --
Shields & Gigot
Mark Shields and Paul Gigot debate the tax cut proposals and campaign finance hearings.
July 3, 1997 --
A Tale of Three Tax Plans
The President and both houses of Congress have each proposed ways to reform what we pay in income tax. All three address child and college tax credits, and capital gains and estate tax reductions. But their formulas vary widely. What's the best plan?