Friday, January 15, 1999

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  • Profile of Wisconsin House Prosecutor

    Opening the case against the President was Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), one of the wealthiest men in the House. He is heir to the Kimberley-Clark paper and cellulose fortune, and his great-grandfather invented the sanitary napkin. Sensenbrenner opposed the ban on semi-automatic assault weapons saying, "more people are killed by fists and feet than are being killed by assault weapons." He represents Wisconsin’s 9th District, which is 98 percent white. He also led opposition to legislation making it a federal offense for people to use physical force against a woman seeking an abortion.

  • Feminists Offer Alternative Trial

    Republican House prosecutors yesterday opened their case against President Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, and urged Senators sitting as jurors to vindicate "the rule of law" by determining that "the President of the United States has no license to lie under oath." Today we look at who is trying President Clinton, and at why he should be impeached for other high crimes and misdemeanors.

  • A Look at Controversial Conservative Group’s Republican Members

    Next we turn to a story that Democracy Now! Has been following for a few months: the link between the Conservative Citizens Council, a white supremacist organization, and Republican Congressman Bob Barr from Georgia and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott from Mississippi. Both politicians have spoken at CCC events and Lott’s involvement with the group dates back more than a decade. Although both have distanced themselves from the CCC and its views, a series of investigative articles by Washington Post staff reporter Thomas Edsall exposed deep connections between the CCC and both the Democratic and Republican parties in the South. Mississippi governor Kirk Fordice, who is a Republican, is an unabashed supporter, as well as members of state legislatures and people in prominent state party positions, according to Edsall’s findings.