Tuesday, July 15, 1997

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    The Senate’s campaign finance hearings resume today. But with the focus of the hearings on Chinese and Asian American fund-raising activity, and not so subtle references to a supposed Asian influence, the Governmental Affairs Committee chaired by Senator Fred Thompson has come under fire for racial stereotyping.


    New Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen this past weekend invited international scrutiny of his regime’s human rights record and pledged to hold a free and fair general election at an unspecified date.


    At least since 1994, when the Republican Revolution swept into Washington, the national political agenda has been dominated by the American right. Whether welfare repeal or anti-immigration policies, the right has been hugely successful in attacking and dismantling many of the gains of the New Deal and the Great Society programs of the 1930s and 1960s.

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