Tuesday, August 6, 1996

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  • Dole’s Proposed Tax Cut

    Republican Presidential Hopeful Bob Dole yesterday unveiled a giant tax cut proposal he hopes will attract middle class voters to his campaign. Critics quickly charged that the 548 billion dollars in tax cuts over six years will balloon the federal deficit, a move inconsistent for a leader who has promised to balance the federal budget. But Dole was armed and ready to answer the charges.

  • Republican Platform Hearings: Christian Coalition Gets Abortion Off

    The Republican Platform Hearings in San Diego got off to a controversial start yesterday as Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed won his battle to get language expressing tolerance for different views on abortion wiped off the platform document. Pacifica National Affairs Correspondent Larry Bensky is in San Diego covering the hearings, leading up to the Republican National Convention next week.

  • Nuclear Issues in Current Election

    Today is the 51st anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima — the first intentional wartime nuclear attack on civilians. We mark that anniversary today by drawing attention to nuclear and military issues in the 1996 elections. Peace Action is putting together voter guides that describe candidates positions on everything from the Pentagon budget to Star Wars to nuclear testing.

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