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Thursday, November 16, 2000

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  • Democrats and Republicans Go to Court Over Elections, As Florida Secretary of State Says No to Further Recounts

    Battling for the U.S. presidency in the courts, Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush are forging ahead today with legal challenges to Florida’s disputed votes, while offering competing visions to end the impasse. Vice President Gore’s legal team vowed to mount a swift challenge in the Florida courts today after the state’s Republican secretary of state refused to add any more hand counts to Florida’s official presidential tally.

  • Clinton Visits Vietnam But Will Not Apologize for War

    President Clinton arrived today in Vietnam, but he has no intention of apologizing in Vietnam for the war he bitterly opposed, with his ambassador to Hanoi saying the United States has already transformed relations with its onetime enemy from pretty awful to pretty good.

  • Texas to Execute Johnny Penry, 38th Prisoner of 2000

    Last night, with his political fate hanging in the balance, George W. Bush went on national television from his governor’s mansion and said that the electoral process should be guided by three principles: it should be fair, accurate and final. But what much of the public did not know is that moments before, he himself had decided on the fate of a man’s life, by giving the green light for his state’s 37th execution of the year.

  • Witness to An Execution: An Audio Documentary

    Texas has executed a record 235 people since the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a ban on the death penalty in 1976. A large majority of these executions have taken place in the past few years, at a pace that has led Amnesty International to describe the system as a conveyor belt of death.