This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Report introduced.
(Supreme Court: Tim O'Brien) Supreme Court hearing of a free speech case in cyberspace involving whether pornography on line can be restricted examined. [Plaintiffs attorney Bruce ELLIS - says speech is constitutionally protected.] Exchanges between Justice Stephen Breyer and Justice Department lawyer Seth Waxman quoted. [America Online Bill BURRINGTON - says software can be used for parents to block children's access.] Previous court rulings on indecent material transmitted by television and the telephone recalled.
(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Senate non-binding vote calling for an independent counsel to look into campaign fund-raising illegalities reported.
(Washington: Linda Douglass) Accusation first printed in the Washington Post that House committee chairman Dan Burton pressured Pakistan government lobbyist Mark Siegel to raise money for him presented. [BURTON - denies Siegel's charges.] Letters exchanged between Pakistan and Siegel about Burton quoted. [SIEGEL - offers affirmation.] [Democratic Representative Frank PALLONE - calls for Burton to recuse himself.]
(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Further coverage of the fund-raising scandal announced.
(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Report introduced.
(White House: John Cochran) The growing frustration over gridlock on Capitol Hill examined; scenes shown of President Clinton meeting with members of Congress about the budget. [CLINTON - calls for writing up the budget agreement.] [Representative John KASICH - jokes about receiving a wedding present.] [Representative James McGOVERN, Family Research Council Gary BAUER - comment on the absence of action.] The days of bill passage under the Republicans' Contract with America mentioned. [March 6, Representative Newt GINGRICH, David McINTOSH, Christian Coalition Ralph REED - talk about politics.] The public's growing lack of interest in Washington politics noted.
(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Report that the Liggett Group tobacco company will announce that cigarettes are addictive as part of a settlement with states that are suing tobacco companies to recover health care costs outlined.
(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) President Clinton's nomination of acting CIA director George Tenet for the post from which Anthony Lake withdrew reported.
(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) The summit talks between Russian President Boris Yeltsin and President Clinton that will deal with the planned expansion of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) previewed.
(Pentagon: John McWethy) Russia's concerns about a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) that would include former East European Communist nations like the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary, examined. [Secretary of State Madeleine ALBRIGHT - says the Cold War is over.] [Brookings Institution John STEINBRUNER - says a new line is being drawn in Europe between the included and the excluded.] The implications of a bigger NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) for the United States raised. [Representative David OBEY - says the US is guaranteeing to defend central Europe.] Clinton's need to sell an expanded NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) to both the United States and to Russia noted.
(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Contract talks between American Airlines and its pilots updated.
(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) American College of Cardiology's report on the inability of planes to handle on board medical crises examined.
(Anaheim: Tim Johnson) The use of defibrillators to jump start the heart on board airplanes examined; scenes shown of American Airlines personnel being trained to use the medical device. [Flight attendant Roasheen HUFFMAN, Peter ENGLER, Qantas medical director Dr. Eric DONALDSON - talk about the defibrillators.]
(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Handwriting analysis that partially links the writing of murder victim JonBenet Ramsey's mother to the ransom note reported.
(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) The Justice Department investigation of three Taiwan-born men John Huang (for his contacts with the Chinese government), Charlie Trie (for raising Democratic Party money from questionable sources) and Johnny Chung (as a conduit to illegal donations to the Democrats), reviewed.
(Taipei: Mark Litke) A visit to Taiwan to look into the backgrounds of Chinese-Americans Huang, Trie and Chung presented; details given of Taiwanese remembrances of the trio. [Government information officer CHI Su - says they are American citizens and the Taiwan government is not responsible for their behavior.] Trie's defense of his political and business actions outlined.
(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) "Nightline" coverage of the three men involved in the fund-raising scandal announced.
(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Death of American abstract impressionist artist Willem de Kooning reported; his paintings shown. [Museum of Modern Art John ELDERFIELD - calls de Kooning one of the century's great artists.]