The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
Thursday, May 22, 1997
- Shields & Gigot
In this week's Political Wrap our pundits discuss wrangling over the budget deal and the political lessons learned from the case of Air Force Lt. Kelly Flinn.
- Art Nouveau
Since 1995 the Whitney Museum of American Art has been searching through studios and galleries across the U.S. to find what's new and unusual for its Biennial Exhibit in New York City.
- Bombing Trial Update
The defense begins its case in the Oklahoma City bombing trial with eyewitness testimony.
- Flinn Case Discussion
Elizabeth Farnsworth and regional commentators discuss the case against Lt. Kelly Flinn.
Wednesday, May 21, 1997
- General Discharge
The US Air Force will grant a general discharge to First Lt. Kelly Flinn, allowing her to avoid a court-martial on adultery and related charges.
- Who is Kabila?
The Congo's new leader, Laurent Kabila, has yet to form a government. His supporters are confident he'll create a diverse governing body, but his critics say he's untrustworthy.
- Budget Deal.
The Senate worked through dozens of amendments on its way to near certain passage of the budget agreement.
Tuesday, May 20, 1997
- The Prosecution Rests
The prosecution took just 18 days to outline its case against Timothy McVeigh. Now the defense faces an up-hill battle proving that he was not behind the Oklahoma City bombing.
- How It's Playing in Peoria
TV networks started rating their programs earlier this year in reaction to public pressure. Does the system provide enough information to help parents make informed decisions?
- Incidental Adultery?
The Kelly Flinn case came up today at a Senate hearing. The witnesses were Air Force Sec. Sheila Widnall, who is deciding whether to grant Lt. Flinn an honorable discharge, and Gen. Ronald Fogleman, the Air Force chief of staff.
- The International Salesman
From day one the Clinton administration pushed economics and trade as crucial to U.S. foreign policy. Last year, the Center for Public Integrity and other public interest groups alleged invitations to participate in trade missions were direct payoffs for corporations contributing to President Clinton’s re-election effort. The Commerce Department denied the allegations
Monday, May 19, 1997
- Hard Choices
Elizabeth Farnsworth discusses the new defense plan with two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, John McCain, a Republican from Arizona and Carl Levin, a Democrat from Michigan.
- Losing Ground?
Betty Ann Bowser reports on the impact of a federal court decision on affirmative action programs at the University of Texas.
- Integration, the Army Way
The authors of All That We Can Be: Black Leadership and Racial Integration the Army Way discuss social success in the military.They say we could all learn much from the army model.
- Danger: Second-Hand Smoke
New research strongly suggests that second-hand cigarette smoke -- smoke inhaled as a result of being in the presence of someone else's cigarette -- can cause heart disease. Dr. Ichiro Kawachi of the Harvard School of Public Health discusses the findings with Charles Krause.
- Generation Gap
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt considers today’s generation gap.
- Department of Defense Newsmakers
Sec. of Defense William Cohen and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. John Sahlikashvili discuss plans to modernize the U.S. military. Key to their strategy: axe bases to afford new technology.
- What's Next for the Congo?
The U.S. will recognize Zaire as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Laurent Kabila as its interim leader. Experts analyze whether free elections or another dictatorship are in store.
- Favoring China
President Clinton said today he wants to renew China’s Most Favored Nation trading status for another year. After a background report, Margaret Warner leads a discussion with Republican Frank Wolf, who has introduced legislation in the past to deny China MFN status, and Congressman Lee Hamilton, the ranking Democrat on the House International Relations Committee.
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