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Monday, December 28, 1998

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  • Banana Wars and the Clinton Administration

    Escalating a nasty trade fight with the European Union over bananas, the Clinton Administration announced last week that it will slap hundreds of millions of dollars in punitive tariffs on European products. This decision is being seen by some as a multi-million dollar Christmas present to the Cincinnati-based Chiquita Banana Company. Its politically influential boss, millionaire businessman Carl Lindner, blames much of its 457-million dollar losses since 1992 on what he sees as the European Union’s unfair trade practices.

  • Mandatory Minimum Drug Laws and Congress

    For years, members of Congress have been trying to out-do each other in terms of their support for tough counter-drug legislation. One example of this politicking can be seen in the stringent mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws that have been in effect since 1986. These mandatory minimum sentencing laws limit a judge’s ability to hand down sentences in drug convictions according to the particular circumstances of a case. How are these laws applied when family members of U.S. lawmakers are themselves breaking the law?

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