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. 8, February 28

A Paler Shade of GRAY
THE DISABLING ALLIANCE BETWEEN AMERCIA'S MOST PROMINENT DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR AND SPECIAL-INTEREST CORPORATE MONEY In the beginning was the money. Gray Davis isn't running for anything in 2000; he is just now beginning the second year of his initial...
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Boom Box
This month, the economic boom enters its 107th month, making it the longest expansion in U.S. history. But there are now two small clouds on the economic horizon. With the economy having grown in the fourth quarter of 1999 not at the 3-or even 4-percent...
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Comic Crusade
In January, Salon reported that drug czar Barry McCaffrey and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) had coerced television networks to include government-approved antidrug messages in prime-time shows. Under the arrangement, the major...
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Dead Center: Clinton-Gore Leadership and the Perils of Moderation
A MAN FOR THIS SEASON Bill Clinton has presided over the longest period of economic expansion in American history--whether by design or default, whether by strategic appointments to critical government agencies or by caving in to the private sector,...
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Democracy in Motion
Focus groups, aux armes! The revolution will be won at last: not in the mechanisms of the state, but in consumer showrooms nationwide. This spring, when DaimlerChrysler makes its new PT Cruiser available to customers, we'll finally see an automobile...
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Eliminating the Debt?
One party claims that the budget surplus will be small and that the most important goal is to eliminate the debt. The other says the surplus will be big and we can do ambitious things with it You'd be forgiven if you thought that the first party was...
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Gay Rites
While civil libertarians celebrated the recent decision by he Vermont Supreme Court recognizing the rights of gay and lesbian couples to wed or enter domestic partnerships, Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer suggested that gay marriages were...
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Gore in the Balance
HOW THE VICE PRESIDENT RESOLVES A MEADOWLANDS DEVELOPMENT DISPUTE COULD SAY A LOT ABOUT HIS ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITIES AND THE POWER OF MONEY IN POLITICS. For years infamous as the world's biggest garbage dump (and quite possibly the final resting...
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In Love with Night: The American Romance with Robert Kennedy
Six months before Robert F. Kennedy was killed, I had occasion to inventory the theories of what made him tick. Here is my list: that he was a ruthless calculator (Ralph De Toledano, Gore Vidal, Victor Lasky); that he was a market researcher (Nicholas...
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Is It All Over?
It was a later night than Al Gore wanted, but in the end, he got the result in New Hampshire that he needed--a slim but measurable victory over former Senator Bill Bradley in the state where Bradley arguably had the best shot of beating the vice president....
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Jazz's Changing of the (Avant) Garde
Jazz rode the 1990s surprisingly well. It was a decade in which the recorded-music market was flat compared to other media; and traditionally, jazz--which has a perennial single-digit market share--is n early casualty of the budget cuts and corporate...
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Making White Elephants Fly
AGING NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS ARE GOING ON THE AUCTION BLOCK--WITH YET ANOTHER BIG DOSE OF CONSUMER SUBSIDY. In the summer of 1998, after about a year of peddling its Oyster Creek nuclear plant and finding no takers, GPU Inc. appeared resigned to shutting...
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Military Surplus
HOW THE U.S. HAS FAILED ITS DISPLACED DEFENSE WORKERS Given the robust economy of recent years, and President Clinton's avowed commitment to defense conversion and worker retraining, you might assume that displaced defense workers did rather well...
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Mob Scene
Living in New Jersey is always strange, but it's been getting stranger since HBO's hit series The Sopranos debuted last year. Suddenly the whole state is rediscovering its Mafia roots. At my local mall, the hairdresser can t even wait until the conditioner...
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Monster and Man
Not long ago I saw a documentary film on Adolf Eichmann and was shocked by the sight of him: The smirk, the smile, seemed to yank his mouth nearly off his face. He looked like a boxer undergoing the impact of a right hook, or like a portrait by, of...
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No Fanfare for Learnfare
This school year, Governor George Pataki of New York expanded Learnfare--a program making family-assistance grants contingent upon children's attendance at school--to include all elementary schools in the state. After three unexcused absences, students...
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The Business of Art
One way or the other, everybody was up in arms about "Sensation," the exhibition of "Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection" that recently closed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Details of that show and the outraged objections to it were...
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The Longest Ballot
IN CALIFORNIA'S BIZARRE PRIMARY, NOT ALL VOTES ARE EQUAL March 7 is primary day in California, Ohio, New York, and most of New England; it could all but decide who will be the major party presidential candidates this fall. But of all the states,...
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The Taxonomist
COMPASSIONATE TAX-CUTTERS? Now that John McCain has joined George W. Bush in presenting a major Tax-cut plan, the two GOP candidates are engaged in a debate that is, by conservative standards, unusual: Whose proposal does the most for taxpayers...
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Weak Week
Weekly Standard editor William Kristol was fired from ABC's This Week at the behest of the liberal media conspiracy. That, at any rate, is the contention of conservative columnist Mona Charen, who writes that "most chat shows have ratios of liberals...
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Wedding March
HOW THE RIGHT'S CAMPAIGN AGAINST SAME-SEX MARRIAGE MAY GET DERAILED IN CALIFORNIA Marriage is between one man and one woman: 30 states and the federal government have passed laws insisting that it's so--and on March 7, Californians will vote whether...
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