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Wednesday, July 16, 1997

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  • CAMPAIGN FINANCE HEARINGS

    The Senate campaign finance hearings yesterday established the first direct link between foreign money and a contribution to the Democratic National Committee.

  • Poet Adrienne Rich Refuses to Accept National Medal for the Arts

    Adrienne Rich, one of the most distinguished poets living and working in the United States, refused the 1997 National Medal for the Arts to protest the growing concentration of power in fewer and fewer hands. Rich informed the Clinton administration of her decision in a July 3 letter to Jane Alexander, the chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts, which administers the awards. The National Medal for the Arts is usually awarded annually to 12 people. Past winners include the writer Eudora Welty, the dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham, and the artist Roy Lichtenstein. Adrienne Rich begins the interview by reading her July 3, 1997 letter to Jane Alexander, chair of the National Endowment of the Arts. [includes rush transcript]

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