Monday, September 29, 1997

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  • Campaign Finance Reform

    The Senate finally opened Friday a long-awaited debate on campaign finance reform. The McCain-Feingold bill aims to ban open-ended donations — so-called soft money contributions — to political parties by corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals.

  • Italian American Internment

    We have heard a lot in the last year about the issue of righting past wrongs, of apologies and reparations — from the Tuskegee experiment to the internment of Japanese Americans and the enslavement of Africans in the Americas. Now another sector of Americans is demanding acknowledgment of a largely hidden chapter in American history — the repression and internment of Italian Americans during World War II.

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