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Tuesday, January 12, 1999

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  • The Millionaires Club–the U.S. Senate and Impeachment

    Becoming a Senator is a privilege that is almost exclusively reserved for wealthy, white men in the United States. It is one of the most expensive prizes in the world of politics. The last New York Senate race cost candidates a combined total of $36 million. As the U.S. Senate prepares to try President Clinton this week, we take a look at wealth, race, and gender in the Senate, and how they have undermined representative democracy.

  • Y2K and Nuclear Power

    Until recently, computers were not programmed to operate with four-digit date codes, and when the year 2000 arrives, many machines may think that we have gone back to the year 1900. The implications of "Y2K" are as complex as they are uncertain. One industry that may be seriously affected is nuclear powered reactors.

  • Gary Graham Execution

    Yesterday at 6 pm CST, Gary Graham was scheduled to be executed by the state of Texas but he was granted a stay, just 24 hours before he was to have been killed. His case has attracted national attention because his lawyers and supporters say that he is an innocent man. Graham’s case has renewed debate around the question of the execution of innocent people in the United States, something which becomes increasingly likely as more and more people are sentenced to death, and as politicians and courts limit the appeals process for death row prisoners.