This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The issue of whether the videotape of President Clinton's grand jury testimony should be made public introduced.
(Washington: Jackie Judd) Clinton's grand jury appearance on August 17 reviewed; details given of the Democrats' concern over the political use of the videotape. [Representative Steve BUYER - says he now understands why independent counsel Kenneth Starr put sexual details in the report to Congress.] [White House press secretary Michael McCURRY - comments on the videotape.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings; Washington: Linda Douglass) The battle behind the scenes over the release of the videotape, the meeting of Clinton's staff with Senate Democrats and the reaction to Senator Orrin Hatch's suggestion that a deal be cut with the president discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings; White House: Sam Donaldson) The White House position on the release of the videotape, on the staff meeting with Senate Democrats and the White House hiring of State Department lawyer Gregory Craig to bridge the strategy gap between law and politics discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Dallas: Peggy Wehmeyer) The president's decision to add spiritual advisers, Tony Campolo and evangelical minister Gordon MacDonald, examined; details given of what is likely to happen during such spiritual meetings. [In 1994, CLINTON - mentions Campolo.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The meeting of two dozen Congresswomen with First Lady Hillary Clinton noted. [Representative Barbara KENNELLY, Lynn WOOLSEY - say Hillary understands the important issues.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The status of the Latin American stock markets outlined on screen.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Promise from Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov to the IMF that Russia is still committed to free market reform noted.
(Yaroslavl, Russia: Bob Woodruff) The shift to a barter system in Russia examined; examples cited of cashless transactions; scenes shown from Yaroslavl.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The dispute between Iran and Afghanistan's Taliban rulers updated.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Iraq's threat to bar all United Nations weapons inspections unless the United Nations agrees to review economic sanctions reported.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The weekly look at how the government spends taxpayers' money introduced.
(Alexandria, Virginia: James Walker) The high cost to taxpayers of a proposed 1.6 billion dollar move for the Patent and Trademark Office to a central office complex examined; specific examples of wasteful spending cited. [Senator John McCAIN - calls the patent office move a ripoff.] [Patents and Trademarks commissioner Bruce LEHMAN - responds.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Confirmation that both the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder on Swissair Flight 111 went dead six minutes before the plane crash reported.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The issue of political polls in the wake of independent counsel Kenneth Starr's report on President Clinton introduced.
(Washington: John Martin) The disparity between the public's view of Clinton in the polls and the view of the president in Washington examined. [ABC News senior polling analyst Gary LANGER - outlines various scenarios that might change the poll numbers.] [American Enterprise Institution Norman ORNSTEIN - cites the disconnect between Washington and the public.] [Presidential pollster Mark PENN - cites the public support for the president.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The scandals involving President's Richard Nixon and Clinton reviewed; details given of the similarities, the role of polls in Watergate and the Monica Lewinsky matter.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) animation of pictures of the rings around the planet Jupiter shown.