The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
Thursday, June 26, 1997
- Court Strikes Gun Rule
The Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Brady gun law, ruling 5 to 4 that the Federal government couldn't make local sheriffs run background checks on handgun purchasers.
- Shields & Gigot
In this week's Political Wrap: the latest wrangling in Congress over taxes and Medicare eligibility, and ethical questions surrounding recent Whitewater investigation tactics.
- Countdown to Handover
As the transition to Chinese rule lies just around the corner, Hong Kong's Anson Chan prepares for her role in the political scene after the handover.
- The Time Bind
David Gergen speaks with sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild about the whirlwind workplace infringing on home life in her book The Time Bind: When Work Becomes home and Home Becomes Work.
Wednesday, June 25, 1997
- Right to Die Denied
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that states may outlaw doctor-assisted suicides. Now, the lawyers who argued the case in court debate the verdict.
- Virtual Victory?
The internet community is breathing easier now that the Supreme Court has struck down the Communications Decency Act, which would have limited adult-oriented online material.
- A Reconciliation in the Works
A budget reconciliation between the President and Congress may, for the first time in thirty years, lead to a balanced budget. Legislators are now adding details to the five-year balanced budget agreement reached with the President last month.
Tuesday, June 24, 1997
- Moscow, We Have a Problem
During docking procedures, a resupply ship crashed into the Mir, causing severe damage to the Russian space station. What does the accident mean to future U.S.-Russia missions?
- Stricter Standards
President Clinton is backing the EPA's push for tougher air quality standards, but critics say they're too costly. Is the family barbecue headed for the trash heap?
- Too Much Freedom?
The Supreme Court struck down the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was meant to protect religious institutions from government infringement. Did the act go too far?
- Jacques Cousteau--The Adventure Over
A look back into the life of the explorer who acquired worldwide fame through his love of the oceans and who then brought his underwater world into our living rooms.
Monday, June 23, 1997
- Rights Vs. Economic Might
The House has backed President Clinton and voted to maintain China's Most Favored Nation trading status, ignoring calls to impose sanctions for human rights violations.
- Case Closed?
Tuesday, the government tried to end rumors of alien encounters by releasing a report that the mysterious Roswell crash of 1947 actually involved military balloons, not UFOs.
- What You Don't Know...
Eight million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, but another eight million have no idea that they suffer from the disease. An international panel gives its reccomendations on how to keep people informed about how to catch the signs of diabetes.
- American Success
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt discusses gangsters in America.
- Certiorari Denied
By opting not to hear the case, the Supreme Court let stand a lower court order: White House lawyers must surrender notes from their talks with Mrs. Clinton to a Whitewater grand jury.
- Model Economy
The President kicked off last week's Summit of Eight with a paean of praise for U.S. prosperity, pushing it as a world model. Paul Samuelson and Herb Stein analyze the reality of his praise.
- Public Teachers, Private Schools
The Supreme Court decides to allow public school teachers to teach remedial classes at private schools, while still on the taxpayers' clock. This reverses the Court's 1985 decision not to allow the teachers to teach for parochial schools. Why the change? Elizabeth Farnsworth reports.
- Sailing Away
The British Britannia sails into a Hong Kong harbor, charged with taking Prince Charles and the city's last British governor home, and signaling that the transition to Chinese control is near.
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