The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
March 17-March 21
Wednesday, March 19, 1997
- Smoking Gun
Smoking cigarettes is addictive and can cause cancer admits the Liggett Group, the smallest of the five major U.S. tobacco companies. In an historic settlement Liggett will include a warning on its cigarette products, pay $25 million in penalities, allocate an additional 25% of its pre-tax profits for 25 years, and turn over documents that indicate cigarettes were specifically marketed to minors.
- NATO Expansion Talks
The Clinton-Yeltsin summit is focusing on Eastern European nations joining Nato. Russia wants troops and nuclear weapons banned in new members states. Can Clinton promise this? Robert Zoellick, former State Department Counsellor to President Bush, and Sam Nunn, former Georgia Senator, debate the issue with Margaret Warner.
- John Wayne’s America: The Politics of Celebrity
Garry Wills, professor of History at Northwestern University, talks with David Gergen about America's favorite movie star.
Tuesday, March 18, 1997
- CIA Facelift
President Clinton chose George Tenet to be the next Director of Central Intelligence today. Tenet has been the acting director since 1995. To figure out what this nomination means to the American public, Jim Lehrer talks to a panel of CIA experts about Tenet's record and how his stewardship could help the troubled agency.
- Policing the Net
The Supreme Court explored cyberspace today with the Communications Decency Act. Cathy Cleaver, director of legal policy for the Family Research Council, and Jerry Berman, executive director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, debate what should be legal on the internet. Then, Margaret Warner finds out what happened today with the NewsHour’s regular court watcher, Stuart Taylor.
- In Remembrance: Willem de Kooning
Willem de Kooning, considered one of the greatest artists of his time and a pioneer in the abstract expressionist movement, died today in East Hampton, NY. Judith Zilczer, curator of painting for the Hirshhorn Museum talks with Charlayne Hunter-Gault about the life and times of the "American Picasso."
Monday, March 17, 1997
- Process of Elimination
In a letter to the President withdrawing his nomination as CIA director, Anthony Lake took shots at a confirmation system that, he said, is too concerned with "partisanship" and "gotcha." For a closer look at Lake's withdrawal, NewsHour correspondents are joined by:
- Advise and Consent
Last December an enthusiastic President Clinton announced his choice of Alexis Herman to replace Robert Reisch as Secretary of Labor. The Senate Labor Committee held the confirmation hearing today and is expected to vote on whether to recommend confirmation to the full Senate after Congress’s Easter break.
- Zaire in Turmoil
Since the recent fall of Kisangani, Zaire's third largest city, the country's future remains in the balance. The NewsHour analyzes what's in store for Zaire and the rest of Central Africa. A backgrounder is followed by a panel discussion with Charlayne Hunter-Gault.
- Changing of the Guard
Some household names such as Texaco and Bethlehem Steel have been dropped from the Dow Jones Industrial Average and replaced with companies like Hewlett Packard and Wal-Mart. How will these new players affect the performance of the stock market? Paul Solman investigates.
- Taking Off
President Clinton today gave an emergency mediation board two more days to propose a settlement between American Airlines and its pilots. The board was created by the President when he stopped last month’s pilots’ strike. At issue is a major change affecting the entire airline industry. Tom Bearden reports.
- Irish Ashes
Elizabeth Farnsworth speaks with New York writer Frank McCourt about his Irish childhood and his memoir, "Angela’s Ashes."
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