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Thursday, August 8, 1996

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  • Republican Platform Hearings and Abortion

    It looks as though Christian conservatives and Republican Presidential hopeful Bob Dole have succeeded in averting a floor fight over abortion at next week’s GOP national convention in San Diego. While pro-choice delegates lost their battle to get a statement expressing tolerance of a diversity of views on abortion included in the platform, the spin out of San Diego is that a compromise was struck. The platform document will have an appendix that includes a list of the pro-tolerance, pro-choice amendments that failed to pass during platform hearings.

  • New Antiterrorism Bill and Immigrant Rights

    When the Anti-terrorism bill was passed last April on the first anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, it was lauded by members of Congress as a tough measure to combat international and domestic terrorism. But opponents warned the bill would threaten constitutional guarantees, especially for criminal defendants and death row inmates. Four months later, the impact of certain provisions of the anti-terrorism law is being felt by immigrant communities around the U.S.

  • Anniversary of Nagasaki Bombing and Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility Today

    Tomorrow is August 9th, the 51st anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki. Toshihiko Sto is a survivor of that attack. For this Nagasaki Anniversary, we’re taking a look at nuclear issues in this country and an unusual story about truth and justice and, perhaps, the American way. 18 jurors from the Rocky Flats Grand Jury are urging a U.S. district court judge to let them speak. Four years ago, the jurors wanted to bring criminal indictments against a justice department employee and Rockwell International, the contractor that runs the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility in Colorado. But the Clinton Administration and Rockwell cut a deal to prevent any indictments from being handed down.