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Wednesday, September 24, 1997

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  • Congressional Pay and Ethics

    In two little known actions recently, the House of Representatives moved to win a pay increase and also to change the way ethics violations are investigated. Members of Congress are presently paid $133,600 per year, plus perks, pensions and other benefits. The new proposal, passed by the House but voted down by the Senate, would give members an extra $3,000 a year.

  • Wellstone

    Thirty years ago, the late Senator Robert Kennedy toured some of the American South’s poorest regions, from the Mississippi Delta to the coal mines of Kentucky. And in a reprise of that famous journey, Minnesota Democrat Paul Wellstone — the only Democratic Senator to oppose the 1996 welfare repeal bill — has embarked upon his own trip through American poverty.

  • Thalidomide

    The Food and Drug Administration looks set to approve Thalidomide, the drug that caused tens of thousands of horrific birth defects in newly born children all across the world when it was first introduced decades ago. Pregnant women took the drug to ease morning sickness.