Wednesday, May 22, 1996

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  • Results of 5/21 primaries

    Pacifica National Affairs Correspondent Larry Bensky reports on the results of yesterday’s primaries.

  • Tell Newt to Shut Up!

    After stunning success with the Contract with America, the Republican majority in the House of Representatives lost momentum by the end of the 1995, in part because the controversial rhetoric and personal foibles of Speaker Newt Gingrich. Michael Weisskopf of the Washington Post is co-author of a new book based on a Pulitzer prize nominated series of articles that went behind the scenes into the so-called Republican Revolution. Tell Newt to Shut Up documents Republicans’ day-to-day efforts to reshape federal government and coddle corporate supporters. Music From the Foreman, a political folk-rock group whose new CD, coming out in June, is called "What’s Left?"

  • Part Two of interview with Michael Weisskopf–Church Fires.

    Since 1990, 45 African American churches in the South have been burned to the ground... but most of those fires have happened in the past year and half. At a House Judiciary committee hearing yesterday, Federal officials said so far, they have not found any evidence of a conspiracy behind the series of arson attacks. But some at the hearing questioned the Clinton Administration’s commitment to the investigation. Pacifica’s Don Rush was there and has this report. Also testifying at yesterday’s hearing was an African American representative of the Christian Coalition, the political arm of Millionaire Television Preacher Pat Robertson. The overwhelmingly white movement has been trying to reach out to people of color. Reverend Earl Jackson, Sr. is the National Liaison of for Urban Development for the Christian Coalition. Reporter Dennis Bernstein joins us. Dennis is recently back from the South where he’s been investigating the church burnings for a documentary that will air on Democracy Now! this summer. Tape of Rosa Sanchez of the Civil Rights Museum in Selma, Alabama.

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