Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 10, March 18

A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, "Denial Country" is how a friend of ours recently described the universe in which various government officials work in Washington. They either are in denial or just are denying whatever it is they're accused of doing -- as in the cases...
A Little Insider Trading Doesn't Bother DNC's McAuliffe. (Fair Comment)
Compared to Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe, former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow is a piker. Fastow used an inside track to earn millions of dollars in ill-gotten profits from Enron's off-the-books...
Angry Investors Could Be Political Wild Card. (Political Notebook)
In 1994 a strong wave of public disaffection with the political status quo propelled Newt Gingrich's House Republicans to victory. It was the year of the angry white male. Is 2002 going to be the year of the angry investor? And, if so, which party...
Big Brother Hits Speed Bump in Colorado. (Waste & Abuse)
In what may come as a relief to those who see the proliferation of automated traffic cameras as another step toward an Orwellian surveillance state, the Colorado Supreme Court recently ruled that the state General Assembly can regulate use of such...
Campaign Finance Is Not the Reform We Need
The U.S. House of Representatives, in reckless disregard of the Constitution when it passed "campaign-finance-reform" legislation, has demonstrated dramatically why we need real political reform. The First Amendment to the Constitution begins "Congress...
Chips off a Brand New Block: By Providing Young Apprentices with Hands-On Experience, a State-of-the-Art Foundry Is Helping Sculptors Understand the Latest Technology Driving an Ancient Art. (Art)
A tourist stands transfixed before a bronze sculpture, part of a work titled Depression Bread Line on display at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington. George Segal, a widely respected sculptor who passed away two years ago, cast the...
Correctness Crack-Up: In Response to the Sept. 11 Attacks, Students at U.S. Colleges and Universities Are Rejecting Totalitarian PC Doctrines and Challenging the Power of the Left-Wing Faculty on Campus
At his very popular class on contemporary politics at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., during the evening of Sept. 18, Kenneth Hearlson raised questions with his 180 students about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. The...
`Digital Dirty Dozen': The Cato Institute Lists Examples of Bad Technology Policy to Warn Congress Away from Regulation. (Technology)
Lawmakers increasingly are eager to regulate the technology industry, according to a report by the Cato Institute. "We see Washington becoming very comfortable with being meddlesome," says Adam Thierer, director of telecommunications studies at Cato,...
EPA's Generosity Knows Few Bounds
A study of grants given by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to nonprofit groups since 1993 reveals that many of the recipients were not environmental groups at all, and many of the groups that benefited are involved in lawsuits against the...
Federal Judge Slams Fingerprint `Science': A Ruling by an Eminent Jurist Has Opened the Door for Defense Attorneys to Challenge the Practice of Accepting Fingerprint-Expert Testimony as Infallible. (Nation: Criminal Justice)
Busted, tried and convicted! That is the verdict police expect when forensic technicians match a fingerprint found at the scene of the crime to a suspect. Long considered an infallible means of personal identification, latent fingerprints lifted from...
Free Press Facing Challenge to Its Rights. (the Last Word)
What do an international business consultant, an Ohio professor and three journalists have in common? Nothing more than independent work to expose squalid and disturbing allegations of ties among politicians, banks, narcotraffickers and money launderers...
Gen-Xers Turn into Ex-Spouses: Why Do So Many Marriages Crash and Burn before the Couple Turns 30? the Authors of Two New Books Offer Some Answers and Advice to Young People Tying the Knot. (Books)
They were young and in love, and marriage seemed like the right thing to do for many reasons. "It was the next step," they thought. "Then we won't be lonely." Or: "All our friends are getting married -- why not us?" And the biggie: "Now we'll be happy."...
Hospital Hazard: In Some Communities, Emergency Rooms Seem under Siege. Health-Care Officials Fear Chaos Would Follow a Terrorist Strike. (Medicine)
Hospitals can be scary places for patients, but for doctors, nurses and others who work there they can be downright dangerous. "Every emotion is expressed in the emergency room every day," says Thomas Arnold, a professor of medicine and acting chairman...
Independent Investigation Needed for Intelligence Failures. (Fair Comment)
I have one word for those who thought the House and Senate Intelligence committees were going to conduct thorough, no-holds-barred investigations of problems within the U.S. intelligence community that may have contributed to its failure to warn of,...
Is Big Business Ethically Bankrupt? a Boom in Business-Ethics Courses Is Likely in the Wake of the Enron Scandal, but Critics Say These Classes Need to Focus on Moral, Rather Than Political, Correctness. (Nation: Professional Ethics)
In the wake of apparently dishonest practices by Enron Corp. executives, and apparent negligence by members of its board of directors, many are asking how people believed to be so smart could have lacked the moral courage to seek and tell the truth....
Lieberman Not Making Any Friends with Delay of `No Fear' Bill. (News Alert!)
Reps. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) don't have much in common. About the only time they vote in unison occurs when House sentiment is of the unanimous sort. Throughout most of the Clinton impeachment process Sensenbrenner...
New-World-Order Zoning May Be Coming to Your Town
Wouldn't it make life interesting if, in order to comment on proposed development projects in your neighborhood, you had to make a pilgrimage to Brussels, Belgium, or Bern, Switzerland? Protests, or for that matter endorsements, might be reduced to...
O'Neill Taking Tough Stand in Criticizing U.S. Tax Code. (News Alert!)
These should be hard times for Washington's tax-simplification crowd. With the war on terrorism draining federal coffers, a nagging recession dragging down the economy and congressional leaders such as Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) clamoring to rescind...
Preaching a Gospel of Self-Reliance: The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Is Leading a Conservative Crusade to Get Black Americans to Focus on Dr. King's Dream Instead of Jesse Jackson's Race-Baiting Nightmare
The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a Los Angeles pastor, is challenging blacks to revise their views on the traditional civil-rights movement. In January, Peterson and his allies held the Third Annual National Day of Repudiation of Jesse Jackson outside...
Robo Warriors and Millennial Weapons: The United States Will Be Able to Fight Swift, Decisive Victories with Few Casualties-But Only as Long as We Can Deny Our Adversaries the Ultimate Advantages. (Special Report)
Imagine new defense technologies that would allow the Pentagon to decrease drastically its nuclear arsenal, slash the size of the U.S. armed forces and reduce the number of military bases abroad. The new technologies would enhance me safety of U.S....
Scammers Find Cyber-Loopholes: The Internet Has Made It Easier for Criminals to Trick Consumers into Giving out Sensitive Personal Data. (Technology)
Recently, a scam artist sent e-mail messages to America Online (AOL) users claiming to be the company's billing department. "Our records indicate that the credit-card information on file for your AOL account is not up-to-date. Therefore, you will need...
Symposium
Q: Should Congress steer some welfare funds toward pro-marriage programs? YES: Healthy marriages provide numerous benefits to adults, children and society. The case for marriage is beyond debate. Marriage is the most stable and healthy environment...
Unfocused Federal Wildfire Effort Draws Fire from States. (Waste & Abuse)
Following the lead of New Mexico -- which not long ago declared mismanaged federal lands in the state to be disaster areas and threatened intervention unless Washington took aggressive action to thin out overgrown, wildfire-prone public forests --...
Waste, Fraud in AIDS Programs
Federal AIDS programs are an "epidemic of waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement," according to a watchdog group calling for the redirection of money for some of the programs. "In the early years of AIDS, activists were justified in asking for money...
What Does It Take to Lose a Contract? Arthur Andersen's Complicity in the Enron Fiasco Has Raised Debate about What Actions Should Disqualify Contractors from Performing Government Service. (Nation: Federal Contracting)
Spokesmen for Arthur Andersen LLP, once one of the most respected accounting firms in the world, testified before Congress in February that employees deliberately shredded records containing details of the Enron debacle that were under subpoena. Coupled...
Will Bush Be a Man of Steel? (Washington's Week)
As he got ready to depart for foreign soil, political opponents and members of the press continued to question whether campaign donations had played a part in the decisionmaking of his government. Bristling at the accusations, he challenged those calling...