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Yearbook 1999

USA stands for United States of America according to Abbreviationfinder.org. On January 7, 1999, Senate hearings began with President Bill Clinton regarding his deal with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The indictment against Clinton concerned perjury and attempts to prevent clarifying facts from being made, and prosecutors considered the president to be so criminal that he had to resign. Bill Clinton thus became the second president of US history to face trial, but most judges doubted from the outset that Clinton would lose the case. It was considered unlikely that a necessary two-thirds majority would vote against him. Clinton's Representative Andrew Johnson, the first president to stand trial in 1868, was acquitted with only one overweight vote. In Bill Clinton's case, at least 12 Democrats were required to vote with the Republican majority in order for it to be a convict.

1999 United States

1999 United StatesClinton's lawyers ran the line that even though the president committed a trial and prevented clarifying facts from being revealed, his crimes were still not serious enough to be sentenced in national law, as enshrined in the US Constitution. It is only a violation of the political system, e.g. treason, which is serious enough to lead to national law, not perpetration committed in a private matter such as divorce or a target of sexual harassment, according to defense attorneys.

On January 19, President Clinton spoke at the congressional opening, but he did not touch on the lawsuit against him at all, but outlined the prevailing domestic politics in social policy, education and health care. The account of the state in the nation was very well received by US voters, and a poll after the poll showed that 70% of those surveyed thought Bill Clinton was doing a good job.

The decisive vote in the Senate on February 12 ended with acquittal. With voting numbers 55-45, the Senate voted against the president's denial when he denied before a court in August 1998 that he had a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Ten Republican senators voted with the Democrats.

The surge after the Lewinsky scandal eventually settled, and new dramatic events caught the attention of Americans.

Jack Kevorkian, a retired pathologist who helped the deadly 56-year-old Thomas Youk commit suicide, was sentenced April 13 to between 10 and 25 years in prison for second-degree murder. Kevorkian acknowledged that he had obtained the deadly drug Youk used in the suicide. He has previously admitted that he assisted in 130 suicides since 1990.

On April 20, 18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold attacked a school in Littleton, Colorado, killing 12 students and their teachers in the most serious shooting drama that occurred at a school in the United States.

The domestic political debate was now dominated by the conclusions that should be drawn from the drama in Littleton. Bill Clinton was trying to push a national consensus on tougher gun control. Republicans, however, voted down a proposal for mandatory checks on anyone who buys guns, and then voted through a proposal to encourage voluntary checks on gun dealers without a license.

On July 29, President Clinton's amorous business again became front page material when the Arkansas District Judge ordered Bill Clinton to pay $ 90,686, mainly to Paula Jones, as compensation for costs related to the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.

In late November, Bill Clinton's draft budget for the 2000 financial year was approved, after several months of opposition from Republicans in both the Senate and House of Representatives. Republicans demanded that government spending be reduced by 1%, but the president stopped the cut with his veto, and his own proposal for a cut of only 0.38% went through.

In November, Hillary Clinton announced that she is running for New York candidate in the next Senate election. She briefly held her first political speech and went there for a fierce attack on New York's Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his harsh policies on the city's homeless.

Six-year-old Elian Gonzalez, who survived two days at sea after his mother and stepfather drowned while trying to escape from Cuba, became the cause of tough diplomatic entanglements in December. The boy's father and grandparents demand that the boy be returned to them in Cuba, while relatives in Miami require the boy to be granted a residence permit and stay in the United States.

On December 14, the United States surrendered control of the Panama Canal to Panama after 80 years of occupation of the Canal Zone. The surrender, which took place at a ceremony at one of the canal banks, marks the end of the negotiations on the control of the canal that began as early as 1977.

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