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Read My Lips and Slick Willie. Election of 1988: Furloughs and Foreign Policy Mike Dukakis: 112 George Herbert Walker Bush: 426 / 54%

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1 Read My Lips and Slick Willie

2 Election of 1988: Furloughs and Foreign Policy Mike Dukakis: 112 George Herbert Walker Bush: 426 / 54%

3 Crime and Punishment  Furman Decision: SC rules racial bias in jury imposed capital punishment 1972  State laws rewritten: mandatory sentencing  Prisons transformed  1995: More $ on prisons than higher education  Crack -> Gang growth - > drive-by-shooting

4 “A Kinder Gentler Face…”  Drug Czar  Manuel Noriega: Captured and convicted in US  Treaty: USSR-US - Reduce stockpiles by 30%  Communism’s Collapse 1991  Don’t embarrass Gorby

5 Persian Gulf War: 1991  Saddam Crushes Kurds  Invades Kuwait  Saudis ask for help: US and UN  Desert Storm: Bush stopped short…good or bad?  90% approval of Bush

6 Carville to Bill: Its the Economy Stupid!  Recession hits ‘91-2  S & L Crisis: Michael Milkin’s legacy  1000 people convicted of fraud, etc  $500 billion clean-up  1992: Bill Clinton and James Carville: “Focus like a laser beam” Stand By Your Man

7 Comeback Kid: 1992 “The Man from Hope” in New Haven with Hil, 1971 George, Ross and Bill 168/38% 0/19% 370/43%

8 Opportunities and Responsibilities As Policy  1993: Abortion and Ruth Bader-Ginsburg  Don’t Ask Don’t Tell  Reduce Spending, Raise Taxes  Economy climbs In private life: Slick Willie

9 Hillary: Whitewater and Health Care  Vince Foster  Investments  HillaryCare

10 Contract With America  Newt Gingrich: Midterms  1995 Budget vetoed  Public blames Republicans  US Reelects Bill in 1996  But keeps Congress Republican…

11 Foreign Affairs…Africa, Balkans  Somalia Warlords 1993  Blackhawk Down  Hotel Rwanda  Serbians cleanse Bosnia 1993  Yugo’s Milosevic stopped in Kosovo by NATO 1999

12 Racial Politics  OJ Simpson Trial  Million Man March 1995  University of California: Ends Affirmative Action  1997: Little Rock, little changed?

13 Violence and Youth  1980s: Rambo II and III, Die Hard series  MTV: Michael Jackson’s Thriller  1990s Natural Born Killers  1990s Gangsta Rap

14 Clinton’s Impeachment  Paula Jones sues  Subpoenas Monica Lewinsky  Hillary: “A vast right-wing conspiracy”  Lewinsky: I was encouraged to mislead  Bill’s legalisms: “I have not had sex with her as I defined it”


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