No Newt In ’96 – February 13, 1995

Contract With America - the ride was getting bumpier and bumpier.

Contract With America – the ride was getting bumpier and bumpier.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – CBS Wold News Roundup – February 13, 1995 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

This day 20 years ago was a grab-bag of people and events. Starting with news that House Speaker Newt Gingrich wasn’t going to run for President in 1996. Saying he was busily preoccupied with his Contract With America and up to his eyeballs in “renewing civilization”. 40 days into their 100 day timeframe for Newt’s Contract With America, the agenda items were getting more controversial for House Republicans and squabbles were erupting on Capitol Hill.

On the subject of squabbles; President Clinton‘s choice for Surgeon General, Dr. Henry Foster was getting stuck in the crossfire over his confirmation hearings. Writing an op-ed piece in The Washington Post, Foster defended his positions saying he “knew who he was, and he knew what he stood for”, and admitted the attacks hurt. The White House was stepping up its support for the embattled nominee by sending vice-President Gore to appear with Foster at a Nashville get-together for Foster’s “I Have A Future”, a program Foster started for at-risk teen pregnancy.

Portland Oregon was socked in with 12 inches of new snow, stranding cars and closing schools. Weather also claimed skiers who were killed from avalanches in Utah and Colorado.

And this day in 1995 marked the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Dresden during World War 2. The Allied raids over the city claimed some 35,000 lives and was one of the most controversial attacks during the war. Critics claimed the city was of no military value, but was revenge for Nazi raids over England early in the war during the Blitz.

And that’s a small slice of what went on this February 13th in 1995, as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.

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