The American Prospect

A monthly political journal of liberal though. Contains articles that generate debate, further ideas, and set agendas; and provides a forum for working through the controversies and hard choices facing all Americans. Includes regular topics and features.

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 12, May 8

After Anthrax
CAN FORMER SOVIET BIOWEAPONS SCIENTISTS BE TRUSTED TO TURN THEIR LETHAL SKILLS TO PUBLIC HEALTH EFFORTS? Poking my head down, looking into the abyss of a four-story-tall, 20,000-liter fermenter, which was one of 10 there to produce anthrax for weapons,...
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Are We All Progressives Now?
Over the past decade, politicians and pundits have increasingly sought authority for their actions and ideas in the Progressive Era. After Newt Gingrich became speaker in November 1994, he compared himself to William McKinley's campaign manager Mark...
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Care, Charity, and Profit
Our cover story this issue is an investigation of ResCare, a national corporate chain that runs group homes for the disabled and the mentally retarded. As Eyal Press and Jennifer Washburn document in sometimes gruesome detail, deinstitutionalization...
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Caveat Lector
Remember the Beardstown Ladies? Their "common sense" investment guide became a best-seller in the mid-1990s. The story of these 16 small-town women who formed an investment club in the early 1980s and reportedly beat the market over a 10-year period...
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Code Blue
TO THE EDITORS, Obviously, there is a lot of work that needs to be done to change the minority community's perceptions of the NYPD. But I had a problem with three of Mr. Jerome Skolnick's examples in his article "Code Blue" [TAP, March 27-April...
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Kids First?
HOW VACCINATION POLITICS UNDERMINE PUBLIC HEALTH With clinical trials now underway, it is natural to expect that a safe and effective vaccine against HIV will soon spell the end AIDS in this country. But consider a more likely scenario: Immediately...
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Neglect for Sale
TWO DECADES AGO, ADVOCATES FOUGHT TO SHUT DOWN WILLOWBROOK AND OTHER ABUSIVE STATE INSTITUTIONS WHERE THE MENTALLY RETARDED WERE BEING WAREHOUSED. TODAY, PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES FACE A NEW THREAT: BIG BUSINESS. On April 14, 1998,...
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Our Ford
Last September AT&T approached the financially struggling First Christian Church in Alexandria, Virginia, with this bargain: In return for letting the company erect a 130-foot-tall cross doubling as a cellular phone tower, the congregation would...
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Photo Finishes
In California's 27th district, in suburban Los Angeles, Republican incumbent James Rogan is especially vulnerable this year because he acted as House prosecutor during President Clinton's impeachment trial. But his seat was never very secure to start...
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Psychic Friends Network
Aliens are still poking around on television, though by now you'd think they'd have found what they were looking for, and God has certainly been holding His own on TV lately, what with angels and miracles and the like. But now, finally, dead people...
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Roar of the Crowd
My son Paul and I watched the fourth game of the 1998 American League Divisional Series from seats between home and first that had been provided by my other son, Theo. At the start of the eighth inning, with the Sox clinging to a 1-0 lead, Jimy Williams...
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Rx FOR A PLANETARY FEVER
As the earth's temperature rises faster than at any time in the past 10,000 years, the efforts of the world's policy makers to deal with global warming are withering into paralysis. With our oil and coal burning and the resulting carbon emissions...
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Targeting House Managers?
Poor Jim Rogan. The two-term congressman from California, it seems, is the focus of a dastardly campaign by Bill Clinton and the Democratic Party to take down the heroic House impeachment managers of yore. "I have been targeted for defeat," Rogan wrote...
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The Great Divide
Dot-com billionaires are sprouting like spring crocuses, and their money is trickling down through the rich topsoil of America. The average pay of chief executives of major companies rose 18 percent in 1999, to $12 million. (Back in 1990, it was a...
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The Money Chase
Visit the Web site of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and you'll be greeted by an animated banner ad blaring: "Contribute! In the '98 elections, Democrats were outspent 3 to 1." Fair enough. As a whole, Republicans routinely...
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The Taxonomist
VOODOO TAX CALCULATOR George W. Bush's Web site includes a "Bush For President Tax Calculator" that ostensibly lets taxpayers "See How Governor Bush's Tax Plan Helps Working Americans." But the calculator often simply doesn't work. If you type...
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Thy Kingdom Dot Com
The rise of the new economy and skyrocketing prices of Internet stocks have caused a certain discomfort and ambivalence among older Americans, which in this case generally means anyone over 26. There is, of course, due acknowledgment of the great promise...
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Word of Mouth
A decade after Abbie Hoffman had first set the hairstyle for a generation, he showed up on a television talk show with a radically short haircut and the explanation that, once Tab Hunter was wearing his hair long, Hoffman knew it had come time to cut...
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