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Friday, September 29, 2000

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  • Is This What Democracy Looks Like?

    The Commission on Presidential Debates, a private corporation consisting of un-elected officials, formally announced that it intends to exclude all third party candidates from the presidential debates. Right now in Washington activists are occupying the offices of the Commission on Presidential Debates for the second time in protest of the commission’s arbitrary rule that a candidate has to have 15% support in two national polls in order to take part in the presidential debates. If this rule had existed in 1992, Ross Perot wouldn’t have been a part of the debates then. The first scheduled presidential debate is next Tuesday in Boston.

  • Hollywood and the Elections

    Yesterday we began a discussion centered around the latest round of culture wars between Washington and Hollywood. Earlier this week, the Motion Picture Association of America pledged to the Senate Commerce Committee that they would curb, but not guarantee an end, to marketing movies with violent content to underage audiences.

  • Ru-486 Finally Arrives in the U.S.

    After 12 years of bitter struggle, RU-486, the abortion pill, finally received FDA approval for sale in the United States yesterday. The pill, Mifepristone, is used in the first 49 days to terminate a pregnancy and has been widely used overseas but was banned in the US in 1989.

  • In LA, the Poor Walk in Solidarity with Bus Drivers

    The transit strike in Los Angeles is now into its third week making it the longest transit strike in LA in 20 years. On Wednesday bus and rail drivers rejected Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan’s plea for an end to their 12-day strike. Riordan had asked the drivers to return to work and obtain a new contract through negotiation. The United Transportation Union, representing 4,300 workers, said the union will not return to work without a labor contract.