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Thursday, July 25, 1996

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  • Bob Dole’s War Record

    In his campaign for the Presidency, Bob Dole emphasizes his record as a war hero from WWII, hoping to appeal to older generations of voters. But the emphasis on Dole’s war injuries also serves to shine a contrasting negative light on President Clinton who dodged military service during the Vietnam War.

  • Rollback on Regulations of the FDA

    A Battle is raging in Washington to reform the Food and Drug Administration. Pharmaceuticals, biotech and tobacco companies are leading the fight to roll back regulations with the help of Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The issue may come to a vote next week. Public Citizen has just released a report documenting the flow of money into this effort. it’s called "A Million for Your Thoughts: The Industry-Funded Campaign by Conservative Think Tanks Against the FDA"

  • Welfare Reform Measure

    This week, the Senate passed a welfare reform measure which stands a good chance of being signed by President Clinton. While the Senate version of welfare reform is not as harsh as the House version, critics are still concerned that the so-called reform will send more women and children into poverty. A whole financial industry has developed in the U.S. that takes Advantage of the poor. We’re joined now by Michael Hudson who’s edited a collection of essays called Merchants of Misery: How Corporate American Profits from Poverty, which chronicles how major corporations are bankrolling pawn shops, check-cashing outlets and finance companies that rip poor people off.