Wednesday, January 20, 1999

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  • The Clinton Defense Strategy

    The White House took the offense yesterday on the first day of arguments in the Senate impeachment trial. President Clinton’s lawyer, Charles Ruff, called the charges against him "a witch’s brew" of conjecture that did not warrant his removal from office. Ruff poked holes in the prosecution’s case by highlighting the speculative nature of the charges and juxtaposing inconsistencies in Monica Lewinsky’s testimony. Today we look at Ruff’s defense strategy.

  • State of the Union Address and Social Security

    President Clinton delivered his State of the Union address last night in the same chamber in which he was impeached just one month ago. Prominent in his speech was the fate of Social Security; he announced his intention to invest some of the Social Security funds in the market. Today we look at the privatization of Social Security with two people who are on opposite sides of the issue.

  • State of the Union and Welfare

    President Clinton gave a brief mention to welfare in his speech last night, announcing that a record number of families had been taken off public aid. The Washington Post announced yesterday that the President plans to increase by $1 billion the budget for the Welfare To Work program, know as W2. Advocates of the poor say that so far W2 has not worked, citing that unemployment rates remain very high for people who are taken off welfare through the program. None-the-less, the State of Wisconsin has flaunted its W2 program as a model for the nation.

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