Thursday, September 14, 2000

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  • The First Lady’s First Debate

    Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rick Lazio met last night in the first debate of this year’s Senate election, which aired on national networks with all of the trappings of a presidential debate. It was Clinton’s first political debate, and Lazio’s first at this level. The candidates fielded difficult questions from local reporters addressing health care, education, environment, the upstate economy, and the fate of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, avoiding abortion. From the beginning the candidates exchanged jabs at one another. Lazio derided Clinton for her outsider status in New York, declared her 1993 health care reform proposal an "unmitigated disaster", and repeatedly questioned her trustworthiness by virtue of association with the president. Clinton pounded Lazio for casting his votes to support Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America and deep cuts in education and health spending. She called him head whip to Newt Gingrich’s right wing policies. [includes rush transcript]

  • Firestone: Above the Law?

    Bridgestone/Firestone executive vice president John Lampe admitted for the first time this week that it had produced defective tires, and that their design, along with possible quality control problems at one of its plants, appear to be factors in the catastrophic tread failures. It was the first time the tire company has taken any responsibility for the faulty tires that have been linked to 88 deaths at last count. [includes rush transcript]

  • Preview of Tomorrow’s Program: The Olympic Committee–Behind the Rings

    Tomorrow the world’s attention will turn to Sydney, Australia, where the Olympic Ceremonies will begin. It won’t be soon enough for the International Olympic Committee. The institution that for years has promoted itself as the 'United Nations of Sports' is embroiled in an increasing number of controversial incidents as the games near. [includes rush transcript]