The Supreme Court session in 1997 ended with 16 opinions released in the final week. Among them, a number of landmark decisions including the overturning of the Brady handgun bill and the first ruling on whether the internet should be governed by free speech provisions. Analysis provided for us by the Dean of the Supreme Court Press Corps, Linda Greenhouse.
The 1995 budget talks between President Bill Clinton and the Republican-controlled Congress over how to reduce America’s spiraling deficit ended in political deadlock and a partial government shutdown. Republicans were demanding deep cuts in taxes and spending including Medicare; President Clinton wanted smaller cuts in spending and none at all in taxes. Sound familiar?
President Clinton declared victory when his economic program to lower the federal deficit passed the House Ways and Means Committee in May 1993. But panelist Gloria Borger predicts political deadlock in the Senate between Democrats and Republicans over Clinton’s desired tax hike—the biggest the country had seen in decades—that proposed to raise taxes on the wealthy and increase the Social Security tax.
The House GOP included a balanced budget amendment as part of their "Cut, Cap and Balance" bill that is currently stalled in the democratic-controlled Senate. Balanced budget amendments have been proposed since 1936; the last was in 1997. On March 4, 1994, Washington Week discussed the Senate's failure to pass a balanced budget amendment, 63-37.
After Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) won the Ames Straw Poll this past Saturday, we look back into our vault and examine the 1999 straw poll won by George W. Bush. Michael Duffy, Time Magazine, examines what it takes to win in Iowa. Also, a look at the early drug controversy in Bush's race for the White House.