The Republican take-over of Congress in January 1995 was a seminal event in American politics.
The "Republican Revolution," led by House Speaker Newt Gingrich, forced a national debate
about the proper functionof the federal government. It also set-up an epic power struggle between
the Executive and Congressional branches of government. THE PEOPLE &THE POWER GAME - THE ELECTED
takes viewers inside that power struggle to answer the question: Can any one political leader run
the American government from a single power base?
Americans have a mythology about the presidency. We cling to the ideal that every four years we can
elect a single powerful leader to alter our nation's destiny. But is the modern Presidency as powerful
an institution as Americans assume? Bill Clinton promised voters a revolution, but then struggled to
pass his agenda even though his party controlled both houses of Congress. In interviews with
Vice-President Al Gore, White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and other key players, Hedrick Smith
goes inside the Clinton Administration to examine how competing power centers have weakened the modern
Excerpts of Program Interviews:
Albert Gore, Vice-President of the United States
Leon Panetta, Clinton Chief of StaffGeorge
Stephanopoulos, Clinton-Senior White House Advisor
Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
With a freshly elected and determined majority, House Speaker Newt Gingrich set out to reshape
government in Washington and make the House of the Representatives the driving force of American
government. But like Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich overread his mandate and ignored traditional
power centers within the U.S.Congress. Hedrick Smith goes inside the "Republican Revolution"
with interviews with Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole and several of the House Republican Freshmen who were
the core of Newt's revolutionary army.
Excerpts of Program Interviews:
Robert Dole, (R-KS)
Newt Gingrich: Speaker of The House (R-GA)
Richard Gephardt, (D-MO)
Tom Daschle, (D-SD)
Tom Mann, The Brookings Institute
Since our original broadcast in September of 1996, several areas have received a great deal of attention
from the public and the media. We offer several links that follow the themes developed in the original
President Clinton & Democratic Agenda
1997 State of the Union Speech outlining
The Presidents vision for the next term.
NewsHour White House Backgrounders for extensive coverage of White House issues.
The 53rd Inaugural Address by President Clinton.
Newt Gingrich & Republican Agenda:
Republican response to the 1997 State of The Union as delivered by JC Watts (R-OK)
The Republican National Committee's
"TalkingPoints" on various issues.
A link to all things
Republican on the Web-put out by the Republican National
As we watched the Speaker
maneuver his way out of the budget battle in 1995-6, we offer The NewsHour pages as a means of
updating what the current issues that Speaker Gingrich faces each day. These reports can be
found on the "Newshour Congress
A link to
Newt Gingrich himself. This includes
the speakers views on a variety of issues.
The Online NewsHour is launching an exciting year-long
feature examining the workings of the 105th Congress.
Join them @ The Capitol
where they'll explore Congress from a variety of exclusive angles.
The line up in Congress and the
White House, based on the final results
of the 1996 Race as provided by PoliticsNow
Search Current Congressional Legislation
on the Library of Congress Thomas.