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NO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION LAWS PLANNED, THORNBURGH SAYS

US Attorney General Dick Thornburgh told a black audience June 27 that the Bush administration won't pursue legislation to overturn recent Supreme Court decisions on civil rights. However, Mr. Thornburgh said he would monitor implementation of the rulings and take ``any legislative or executive action that might be required to resolve inequities.''

``The pursuit and promotion of civil rights in America is more than a legal obligation, it is a moral imperative embodied in our national sense of fairness and justice,'' Thornburgh told the annual convention of Operation PUSH, the civil rights group founded by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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Recent court decisions have restricted affirmative-action programs and made it more difficult for plaintiffs to prove discrimination in the workplace.