Tuesday, January 23, 2001

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  • Bush Comes Out Swinging at Abortion

    On his second day in office, George W. Bush took his first major political action: He signed a memorandumreinstating the full abortion restrictions on U.S. overseas aid that his father and former President Reagan hadinstituted before him.

  • Clinton Commutes First Federal Death Row Inmate’s Sentence to Life in Prison

    President Clinton, during his last few hours as President, commuted David Ronald Chandler’s death sentence to life inprison.

  • An Exclusive Interview with Susan Rosenberg After President Clinton Granted Her Executiveclemency

    On his last day in office, President Clinton commuted the sentence of Susan Rosenberg. Now 45, Rosenberg served 16years in prison for possession of 740 pounds of explosives, a submachine gun and false identification. Under normalcircumstances, say her lawyers, the crime would have drawn a five year term. But Rosenberg’s case was politicallycharged. For years, she had been an activist against the Vietnam War, and a strong supporter of African American andPuerto Rican liberation struggles. She and co-defendant Timothy Blunk defended their illegal actions as morallyjustified efforts to resist U.S. government oppression.

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