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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Opinions on use of marijuana by Supreme Court nominee Doug. Ginsburg reported Secretary of Educ. William Bennett noted calling for Ginsburg's withdrawal. Federal government workers union noted accusing President Reagan of double standard in calling for drug tests for federal employees while saying Ginsburg's use of marijuana was youthful indiscretion. Report introduced.
(DC: Kenneth Walker) Reagan said refusing to withdraw nomination [REAGAN - says Ginsburg's marijuana use was just experimentation.] Response from White House officials detailed. Failure of FBI background checks to disclose marijuana use noted. Some Ginsburg associates said revealing that Ginsburg's marijuana use extended longer than time period previously stated. High visibility of campaign against drugs by President and Nancy Reagan mentioned. [September 14, 1986, REAGAN - says drugs are menacing our society.] [Nancy REAGAN - says just say no.] Nancy's statement that she was sorry Ginsburg used pot noted. Issue of withdrawal of nomination if allegations not explained fully reiterated.
(DC: John Martin) Mtg. of FBI agents with Ginsburg's former business partner reported [Harvard Law School Hal SCOTT - says he knows of only 1 occasion on which Ginsburg smoked marijuana.] FBI said admitting not having asked Ginsburg about drug use during their background investigation. Ginsburg noted having answered Senator Judiciary Committee questionnaire that he personally tried 34 cases in court when he really only tried one, according to Justice Department report [Attorney General Edwin MEESE - says FBI investigation has not been completed.] Ginsburg nomination noted thrown into serious jeopardy.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Brit Hume) Capitol Hill's response to revelation of Ginsburg's pot-smoking reported Ginsburg shown meeting with Senator Howard Metzenbaum. [Senators Arlen SPECTER, Dennis DeCONCINI, Howell HEFLIN - say issue is a problem.] Senator Robert Byrd said suggesting Ginsburg consider withdrawing. [BYRD - wonders what image this gives to American youth.] Dismay expressed by Senator Larry Pressler over Ginsburg's denial of problems in his background mentioned. [PRESSLER - says he couldn't defend use of marijuana.] [Senator John McCAIN - says issue is harmful to Ginsburg.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) White House approval of wife of Attorney General Edwin Meese sending of letter to judge asking for leniency for family friend convicted of filing false tax return reported Meese's position on issue mentioned.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Attack on American-owned tanker, Grand Wisdom, in Persian Gulf reported; details given, scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Communist underground warning that all Americans in Philippines are targets for attack reported Recent attack killing Americans recalled. Report introduced.
(Manila, Philippines: Mark Litke) Arrival of USS Midway in Subic Bay, Philippines, reported Restrictions on sailors' leaves discussed. [SAILORS - don't mind restrictions.] Sec. at Clark Air Force Base shown. Impact of restrictions on local economy noted. [WOMAN - says no GIs are off base.] [Retired AM. - wonders who is next target.] Uncertainty over who was behind recent killings noted. Issue of safety of American civilians noted. Death toll attributed to communist guerrillas detailed; scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Stk. Mkt. Report October unemployment figures given. Report introduced.
(DC: Sheilah Kast) Future discussions on budget between Congress and White House representatives reported Plan to cut deficit noted brought by Representative Robert Michel. [Representative Trent LOTT - calls plan a bold stroke.] Michel's plan outlined: tax incr., defense spending cuts, domestic cuts and entitlement cuts. Democrat response noted. [Representative William GRAY, Senator J. Bennett JOHNSTON - discuss Michel plan.] President Reagan's position noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Results of ABC News poll on economy given. "Nightline" program on "Wall Street and the Econ." announced.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Return of Tania Aebi, woman who sailed around the world by herself, reported; scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Cold weather in New York City reported Report introduced.
(NYC: Ned Potter) Challenge in court by New York Civil Liberties Union to NYC program putting psychiatrists on the streets to find those homeless people they deem dangerous reported; details given, scenes shown. Attorney George McDonald shown distributing leaflets to homeless. Homeless patient, whose real name way Joyce Brown, but called herself Billie Boggs, noted allowing attys. to take her case to court [New York Civil Liberties Union Norman SIEGEL - wants to protect civil liberties of homeless.] [City health official Dr. Luis MARCOS - says mentally ill in streets need help.] Boggs test case reviewed. [McDONALD - tells man he will help him.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Pol. career of China's Deng Xiaoping featured. [DENG - (thru translator) wants old and new leaders to work together.] Deng's retirement and replacement of old guard by Deng's proteges at recent party congress recalled; scenes shown. Deng's career reviewed; historical films shown. Mao Tse-tung mentioned. [MAN - explains Deng's challenging of Mao.] Deng's eldest son noted a paraplegic, who was pushed out of window by Mao's red guard. [MAN - discusses cultural revolution in China.] Deng's return to power in 1976 after Mao's death recalled. Deng's leadership in China recalled; scenes shown. [Tufts Univ. David ZWEIG - describes economy changes under Deng.] [University of Michigan Michel OKSENBERG - says Deng started China on road to economy development and on way to being a major world power.] [Council on For. Relations spokesperson Alan ROMBERG - describes structure of China government] Deng's continued control of army noted. One of Deng's favorite proverbs quoted.