News of the day for November 7th 1987. Judge Douglas Ginsburg asked to withdraw nomination to the Supreme Court over Marijuana smoking charges. The Soviet Union celebrates 70's years since the Bolsheviks took over. Former Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett dies. President-for-Life Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia removed from office and a Columbia Mississippi Chemical Plant dumping ground has been discovered.
November 7, 2011

Douglas Ginsburg - Justice Doobie just didn't sit well with the White House, or Nancy for that matter.

November 7, 1987 and the big story was Supreme Court nominee Douglas Ginsburg's admission that he had used Marijuana. The sea of red faces from the White House dissolved into finger pointing that no one ever thought to check and see if the good Judge fired up a doobie every now and then. And word from the West Wing was that Ginsburg needed to say "thanks but no thanks" and pretty soon.

It prompted several prominent members of Congress to admit, including Newt Gingrich, that they had smoked dope on several occasions - all of course quickly retorted that they hated the experience and would never do it again. No no. Never, ever.

And while all that was going on, the Soviet Union were celebrating 70 years since the Bolsheviks took over. The usual hardcore display of arms and might, but a little light on the "we will bury you" rhetoric so popular in the past.

Heads rolled slightly when it was learned Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega was looking to start some dialog with the Contras. And Tunisian President-For-Life Habib Bourguiba was removed from office, citing ill-health.

Former Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett died on this day. An obituary revealed his outspoken stance on segregation during the 1960's Civil Rights Movement and his belligerent opposition to School Integration.

And speaking of Mississippi - a chemical plant in Columbia was discovered to have dumped untold hundreds, if not thousands of barrels of toxic chemicals in and around the plant vicinity over several decades. Prompting an evacuation of the town and explanations as to why there was so much Cancer in one small town.

Such was the day, as reported on The CBS World News Roundup for November 7, 1987.

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