Wednesday, May 8, 1996

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  • Alexander Cockburn and the Underbelly of National Politics

    Washington Babylon is the name of the new book by investigative journalists Alexander Cockburn and Ken Silverstein, which describes the corruption of the political establishment, both Republicans and Democrats alike.

  • A House Divided, Divisions in America

    The Cold War is over, but is America now at war with itself? It seems as though Americans are increasingly dividing along racial, class, gender and ideological lines. Abraham Lincoln warned us, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." A new book called A House Divided looks at six belief systems struggling for America’s Soul.

  • Archer Daniels Midland

    Archer Daniels Midland is the largest agribusiness company in the Western World. It’s also one of the biggest contributors to political campaigns — to both Republican and Democratic candidates. ADM has been very savvy in spreading its political influence. ADM Chief Dwayne Andreas is a longtime fried of Bob Dole, and just last week the Washington Post reported that Andreas has donated millions of dollars to the Red Cross since Elizabeth Dole has been its leader. ADM is a also corporation that’s under criminal investigation by the Justice Department for international price fixing. There hasn’t been a tremendous amount of coverage or discussion of ADM on public broadcasting, perhaps because ADM has spent several hundred thousand dollars a year underwriting public radio news programs and millions of dollars underwriting or advertising on television news and public affairs shows.

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