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Thursday, August 1, 1996

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  • Welfare Reform

    In a defining moment in his political career, President Clinton announced yesterday he will sign the GOP measure that ends welfare as we know it. The bill easily passed in the House yesterday and goes to the Senate today. President Clinton criticized some aspects of the bill, but called it "a real step forward for our country, our values and for people on welfare." Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole tried to claim the credit, saying that the "first 100 days of the Dole administration have begun 97 days before the election." Many advocates for the poor agree. Guests join us now to explain what this welfare reform means.

  • Poll Shows Americans Are Angry with Corporate Greed

    The issue of corporate responsibility emerged early on in this election year, with the presidential campaigns of right wing populist Pat Buchanan and consumer advocate Ralph Nader. But it hasn’t yet really hit the radar of the major candidates. Sure, President Clinton held a summit on corporate citizenship this spring, but its unlikely that a President so indebted to corporate America will challenge corporate power in this election year, even if that’s something voters would like to see. A new poll released this week shows that the public is getting increasing angry with corporate greed and that people want the government to do something about it. Joining us now to talk about this poll and state and local grassroots efforts to push for corporate responsibility are:

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