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Tuesday, September 10, 1996

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  • Who Will Be Allowed to Debate in the Presidential Debates?

    Today in Washington, the Commission of Presidential Debates will hold a briefing to explain the criteria it’s using to determine which Presidential candidates get to participate in a series of upcoming debates. Of course, President Clinton and Republican challenger Bob Dole will be invited, and probably Reform Party candidate H. Ross Perot. But what about other third party hopefuls like Green Party nominee Ralph Nader or Libertarian Candidate Harry Browne?

  • The War on Drugs During an Election Year

    It’s an election year when the war on drugs becomes the focus of heated political rhetoric. In recent weeks, there have been a series of reports showing that drug use is rising among American teenagers. And, in recent stump speeches, Bob Dole and Jack Kemp have questioned Bill Clinton’s leadership on the drug issue, perhaps an attempt to remind Americans that Clinton smoked marijuana. This weekend Clinton fired back, blaming Congress for not appropriating the full 15.3 billion dollars he requested for the drug war. Clinton sent a letter to House Speaker Newt Gingrich complaining that the house hasn’t approved legislation making tougher penalties for methamphetamine trafficking and for people who grow marijuana on public lands. Dan Baum is the author of Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure. He says the War on Drugs itself is historically rooted in Presidential election year politics.

  • Tupac Shakur in Critical Condition

    RAPPER TUPAC SHAKUR is in critical condition after being shot four times in the chest Saturday night in Las Vegas. Shakur, a leading gansta rapper, and Death Row Records co-founder Marion Shug Knight were in a caravan headed for a nightclub after watching the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon heavyweight boxing title fight, when a car pulled up and fired a hail of bullets into their vehicle. Police say they have no suspects, no motive and no arrests yet. Some on the hip-hop circuit are concerned that a war has broken out, blurring the lines between rap music and gang violence.