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Tuesday, February 23, 1999

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  • Jasper Trial Goes to Jury

    It was one of the most shocking crimes in recent years—the brutal racist killing of African-American James Byrd. Today, that murder trial is headed for a jury in Jasper, Texas. Lawyers will present closing arguments in the capital murder trial of Bill King, a white supremacist who is one of three men accused of dragging Byrd to death last year.

  • Bloated Pentagon Budget

    As the U.S. continues to bomb Iraq and is poised for possible air strikes against Serbia, we take a look at the U.S. military complex, and at plans to increase military spending. In his first radio address of 1999, President Clinton announced the largest increase in military spending since the Reagan years–$112 billion over the next six years for what he called "military readiness." This was followed by increased bidding from the Senate Armed Services Committee, which requested a $150 billion increase.

  • Delayed Justice

    Rep. Tom DeLay, the House Republican leader who led the drive to impeach President Clinton for statements he made under oath, now finds himself at the center of his own controversy over truthfulness. DeLay received a lot of media attention as he kept up a steady stream of invective against Clinton. Now, the spotlight has shifted to DeLay, as he is asked about discrepancies between statements he made in a legal proceeding and in financial disclosure forms he is required to file as a member of Congress.

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