The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
Thursday, May 8, 1997
- Zaire: Is Peace Possible?
Zaire's rebels have rejected a plan for Pres. Mobuto to step down by not running for re-election. But U.N. envoy Bill Richardson says a non-violent transition of power is conceivable.
- Century Old Water Fight
Mark Twain put it best: "In the West whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting." This particular fight is over the water in two rivers: the Animus and the La Plata, a fight nearly a century old.
- Shields & Gigot
This week's Political Wrap focuses on the details of the budget deal, the lack of additional Congressional agendas, and illegal foreign contributions to election campaigns.
Wednesday, May 7, 1997
- Fitting the Crime?
From 1985 to 1994, violent crimes committed by juveniles doubled. Thursday the House considered a measure to crackdown on those youths found guilty of crime.
- Summit of the Americas
In an effort to demonstrate continued support for the region, President Clinton met with the leaders of seven Central American countries to discuss trade and immigration issues.
- Combating Asthma
Twelve to fourteen million people in the United States have asthma and more than four million of them are under the age of eighteen. The number of cases has more than doubled since 1980, as have deaths from the disease. Kids in America’s inner cities are especially at risk. A study published today in the "New England Journal of Medicine" begins to explain why, and it involves cockroaches.
- On the Sidelines
A legal battle over academic standards for college athletes. Joan Cartan-Hansen of Idaho Public Television reports.
Tuesday, May 6, 1997
- Open Files, Open Society
In a Newsmaker interview Sen. Daniel Moynihan talks about his efforts to de-classify hundreds of government documents. The motive: improve democratic discourse and curb paranoia.
- Lower Long Distance Rates
The FCC has lowered how much long distance carriers must pay local phone companies for access to their lines. Consumers with one line could save $2/month or more on long distance.
- Accounting For Gold
Today, the United States released the initial conclusions of a seven-month look at the role Switzerland and other neutral countries had in handling Nazi assets during and after the war. The report also examined the role of the United States and the allies in trying to reclaim those assets after the war.
Monday, May 5, 1997
- Protecting the Youngest
The President and some members of Congress want to ensure health care for all of America's children, but some Republicans label the plans as an unwarranted expansion of government.
- BIENVENIDO A MEXICO
President Clinton plans to visit Tlaxcala, a 500-year-old provincial capital, to meet the "real people" and learn about the real problems of Mexico.
- Bombing Trial
The prosecution continues to lay out its case in the Oklahoma City bombing trial against Timothy McVeigh. We get more on the developments in the from Time Magazine correspondent Patrick Cole, who has been covering this story since the bombing.
- George Tenet Hearings
A Senate committee takes up the nomination of the director of Central Intelligence. Kwame Holman has our report.
- The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism
David Gergen, editor at large of U.S. News & World Report, engages William Greider, national editor for Rolling Stone Magazine and author of One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism.
- Crisis in Zaire
U.N. Commissioner for Refugees, Sadaka Ogata, discusses the terrible plight of Rwandans in Zaire and how internal struggles to overthrow the government are exacerbating relief efforts.
- Newsmaker with Mexican President Zedillo
The smaller communities of Southern Manitoba, Canada, were consumed last week by flood waters that have formed a 350 square mile lake. Fred de Sam Lazaro of KTCA-St. Paul-Minneapolis reports.
- Fighting the Floods
For the first time in 20 years a U.S. president is visiting Mexico. In a Newsmaker interview the country's leader talks about new, stricter, drug enforcement and good relations with the U.S.
- Man Vs. Machine
Chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov and "Deep Blue" have each won one game to each other and will continue the six-game match-up on Wednesday. For analysis of the match we’re joined by C. J. Tan, who heads the team of IBM computer scientists that built Deep Blue, and Frederic Friedel, a computer chess expert who serves as Gary Kasparov’s technical adviser.
- Mirror Image
Richard Rodriguez, editor at the "Pacific News Service," reflects on the shared images of Mexico and the United States.
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