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Ambassadors / Influence Buying #619552

NBC Evening News for Monday, Jul 28, 1997
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced. [Note: local weather bulletin on screen.]

(Washington: Gwen Ifill) The purchase of United States ambassadorships through political connections and money examined; details given of the favors that are traded behind the scenes at White House coffee klatches. Five Texans receiving ambassadorships named. [Foreign Service Association Tex HARRIS - says the practice of appointing poorly qualified people for these positions is not best for the country.] [White House Press Secretary Mike McCURRY - defends the practice.] [Heritage Foundation Ken WEINSTEIN - comments on the sales at the White House coffees.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Ifill, Gwen

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