Monday, May 27, 1996

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  • POLITICAL HEADLINES.

  • Veterans Hospital Closures.

    The Clinton Administration is planning to close 41 Veterans Hospitals, the main source of health care for millions of American men and women who’ve fought this country’s wars and served in the military. Some vets are angry about the closures and are organizing protests. GUEST: Steven Williams, Deputy Director of Black Veterans for Social Justice, member of Veterans in Pain.

  • The Return of Star Wars

    Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is sponsoring a bill called the "Defend America Act" which would require the development of an anti-missile defense system by 2003. Republicans are busy re-writing the bill after the Congressional Budget Office estimated it would cost $60 billion dollars, forcing the GOP to yank it from the House floor.

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