The American Prospect

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Articles from Vol. 11, No. 9, March 13

Among the Philistines
The Pew Charitable Trusts, a Philadelphia-based foundation, strode into the middle of the culture wars last summer and got mugged. Pew proposed spending some $50 million over the next five years in an effort to answer what seems, at first blush, like...
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Bad Hair #2
This March, primary voters in Youngstown, Ohio, have the opportunity to weed out the worst haircut in Congress. Said haircut belongs to Representative James A. Traficant, Jr., a Democrat who faces his first stiff re-election challenge in a 16-year...
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Correspondence
LIBERALISM AND CATHOLICISM TO THE EDITORS: I am surprised to find myself listed by Alan Wolfe in the January 31, 2000, issue as among those liberals who "expressed concerns about the absolutist, hierarchical, or corporatist aspects of Catholicism...
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Fatherhood Matters
On the campaign trail, Vice President Al Gore recently gave a speech with the following central claim: "Promoting responsible fatherhood is the critical next phase of welfare reform and one of the most important things we can do to reduce child poverty."...
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How Did Feminism Get to Be "All White"?
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN JANE MANSBRIDGE AND BARBARA SMITH A great many women, both black and white, have viewed the feminist movement as mostly a white movement. Yet surveys also show that black women in fact,support feminist issues, and even the...
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How Soft Money Favors the GOP
In 1996 the Clinton-Gore campaign took new liberties with soft money. Unfortunately for the 200 campaign of Al Gore Republicans are a lot richer and do thid a lot better You'd be forgiven if you thought of the contest for the presidency as two big...
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John Brown: Triumphant Failure
"John Brown taught us that the cheapest price to pay for liberty is its cost today." --W.E.B. Du Bois In his 1928 epic poem John Brown's Body, Stephen Vincent Benet named the problem of John Brown in America's historical memory: The law's...
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Love-Hate Relationship
With the possible exception of Lyndon Johnson, no modern Democratic president has divided his own core constituency more bitterly than William Jefferson Clinton. The conversation between Clinton's loyalists and critics, some of it published in these...
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Only in New York
CLASH OF THE TITANS won't be playing in New York voting booths for another eight months, and already many of us are tired of hearing about it. Yet the battle for U.S. Senate between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani offers so many firsts--and...
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Opus Posthumous
This last year in the arts seems to have been dominated by dead people. Maybe that isn't inappropriate when a millennium grinds to a close. For example: One of the most eagerly awaited movies of the year, Eyes Wide Shut, was released soon after...
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Oxleymorons and FM Radio
On January 20, when it lifted the ban on low-power FM (LPFM) broadcasting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened the airwaves to as many as 1,000 new noncommercial radio stations operating at or below 100 watts. The goal of the FCC's initiative...
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Razing McCain
THE CONSERVATIVE CAMPAIGN TO DERAIL THE ARIZONA SENATOR In South Carolina, the National Right to Life Committee ran radio ads bludgeoning Arizona Senator John McCain. "If you want a strongly pro-life president," the ads said, "don't support John...
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Reckless Predictions
You had no reason to notice it, but The American Prospect was totally Y2K-free this past year. We didn't run a single article about the disasters that were supposedly going to be fall the world after the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve. We...
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The Disappearing Movie House
The multiplexes and the behemoth distributors are driving independent theaters out of business. One of the most accomplished and moving American films of recent years is David Riker's The City (La Ciudad), the recipient of many international film...
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The Hard Truth about McCain's Soft Money Ban
Everyone jumped all over John McCain after the news broke that he had intervened with the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of a generous campaign contributor. Here's a candidate who has made campaign finance reform the centerpiece of his...
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The Resurrection of Michael Milken
Late last summer, the organizers of an annual convention called TechLearn '99 announced that two of the most famous icons of the 1980s would keynote the event. The first was Bill Cosby, one of the decade's most popular entertainers; the second was...
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The Taxonomist
THE (REALLY) LONG TAX FORM In his 1997 tax deal with Congress, Bill Clinton helped add multiple new items to our tax forms, such as tax credits for children, deductions and credits for college expenses, a new flavor of IRAs, medical savings accounts,...
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Victims versus Suspects
In the 1960s, the Supreme Court recognized that people accused of crimes were imbued with constitutional rights, which the states were obliged to respect. In the course of a few years, the Warren Court applied the exclusionary rule to the states, prohibiting...
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