Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 17, No. 49, December 31

A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, If ever there was a viable candidate for burial in Arlington National Cemetery it is Capt. Charles F. Burlingame III, the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, who served in the Navy and the Navy Reserve for 25 years. He was killed...
A Pair of Congressmen Get Snookered by an Argentine School of Scandal. (News Alert!)
Cries of anti-Semitism and human-rights abuse sprang from Congress last February when a yoga school was shut down by the Argentine government. Its defenders claimed it was being closed because 50 percent of those involved were of the Jewish faith....
Battles Heat Up on Capitol Hill. (Washington's Week)
The axiom may not be poetic, but it usually is true: Never let your mouth write a check that your posterior can't cover. On one hand, ABC did carry through with its threat to remake Brian's Song, the 1971 tear-jerking chronicle of the life and death...
Blue and Grey in Technicolor: Hollywood Goes East to Film Another Civil War Epic, This One on `Stonewall' Jackson. (Arts)
Snowflakes fall as rifle-wielding Confederate soldiers move warily down the street in Harpers Ferry, W. Va., followed by a column of infantry. Behind them, on horseback, ride the top commanders of the Army of Northern Virginia: Robert E. Lee, James...
Bureaucrats Circle Their Wagon: Facing Civil Contempt-of-Court Proceedings for Their Department's Role in Looting the Indian Trust Fund, Interior Officials Add Another Layer to the Bureaucracy. (Nation: Indian Trust Fund)
Being a winner on the big game board of politics sometimes takes more than an enthusiastic roll of the dice. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton learned this recently by landing on the "Bureaucrat Go to Jail" space when U.S. District Judge Royce...
Clark's Gift of a Lifetime: The Corcoran Displays the Fascinating Collection of Its American Benefactor. (Arts)
William A. Clark (1839-1925) amassed one of the great late 19th-century American fortunes. His money largely came from mining out West, mostly copper. Though his is not a household name like that of Cornelius Vanderbilt or John Jacob Astor, he nonetheless...
Disenfranchised Blacks in Florida: New Data Show That If There Were Any Deliberate Efforts to Suppress Votes in Florida in the 2000 Presidential Election, It Came at the Expense of Black Republicans. (Nation: 2000 Presidential Election)
For months following the 2000 presidential election, Americans were told that to ensure the election of George W. Bush the ballots of many black Democrats were disqualified. But now it develops that the highest rate of ballot spoilage for blacks was...
Families Trees in Full Bloom: As the Web Opens Access to Information, Genealogy Has Never Been More Popular. (Life)
Julanne Myers has been putting together a puzzle for more than 20 years. The branches of her family tree start in England and stretch to Virginia. It has taken hundreds of hours of research, but Myers has found grandparents and great-grandparents,...
Glassman Sees Glass as Half-Full: James Glassman, a Distinguished Commentator on the Stock Market and Economy, Believes the United States Never Has Been in Better Shape to Fight a Recession
He makes his living studying and writing about the stock market and the economy, but dames Glassman is optimistic. After the recent declaration by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) that the U.S. economy officially is in recession, the...
How Men -- and Women - Call the Shots. (the Last Word)
Do men and women react differently to terrorism? That depends on who you ask. A Manhattan bachelor of my acquaintance and his steady girlfriend, both in their late 20s, saw their romance founder in the aftermath of Sept. 11. He wanted to be alone to...
Likely Mastermind of Tower Attacks: Imad Mugniyeh Has Been Murdering Americans and Attacking U.S. Interests for 20 Years and Almost Certainly Was One of the Planners Behind the Sept. 11 Massacres. (Nation: Terrorism)
He has blown up U.S. embassies and car-bombed a U.S. military barracks. He has hijacked U.S. commercial airliners and murdered Americans. He has kidnapped and tortured a top CIA officer and vowed through terror to drive the United States from his country....
Martinez Must Save Property Rights from Antigrowth Elites. (Fair Comment)
When Mel Martinez took the reins as the new secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), he had little reason to suspect that in addition to heading the nation's housing policies, he also would be handed the dubious distinction...
On Tenet's Watch, Politics Have Trumped Intelligence-Gathering at the CIA. (Fair Comment)
Those who wonder why President George W. Bush has kept George Tenet on as director of central intelligence have been given reason to question Tenet's suitability for that position, in addition to his failure to pay attention to the advance warning...
Orwell's 1984: The Future Is Here: George Orwell Believed the Stark Totalitarian Society He Described in 1984 Actually Would Arrive by the Year 2000, Thanks to the Slow, Sinister Influence of Socialism. (Special Report: A Commentary)
Suppose someone 50 years ago had drawn a picture of the future that looked something like this: You live under the governance of an international alliance composed of a North American Union, China and Europe. Major powers are waging permanent low-level...
Political Friends Give Boeing Early Christmas Presents. (Waste & Abuse)
Aerospace giant Boeing Co. may have lost out to rival Lockheed Martin in November's high-stakes competition for a $200 billion contract to build the multiservice, multipurpose joint strike fighter. But since that setback the company has had some potentially...
Quack Shot: `Home of the Friendliest People and the Annual Coon Supper' Says a Sign Entering Gillett, Ark., the Duck-Hunting Capital of the World. (Sports)
Bill Cooksey whispers, "Be still," as we huddle in a well-concealed blind in the middle of a soggy rice field, occasionally brushing off an impertinent mosquito. "We've got some widgeons up there." While Cooksey points a finger into a pink dawn...
Recession Shock: Economic Analysts Say It's Time to Name Those Responsible for Bringing about the Current U.S. Economic Recession: Bill Clinton and Arthur Levitt
For nearly 20 years it was the boom that couldn't end. Although Bill Clinton loved to take the credit, the prosperity of the 1980s was part of "one continuous boom since the early 1980s," says Brian Wesbury, chief economist at the brokerage firm of...
Senate Gridlock Begins and Ends with Daschle. (Fair Comment)
In the lazy, hazy, crazy days of Bill Clinton, the media fought an enemy it no longer has. In an interview almost stroking the hair of vice president Al Gore, CBS' Bryant Gumbel identified them as "the architects of gridlock." They, of course, were...
Something Is Rotten Behind Economic Scene. (Political Notebook)
During the first week of December, Bush officials started briefing journalists to the effect that the White House was aware that it needed to focus more attention on America's blighted economy. The underlying thrust of what they were saying was...
Subjects of GAO Critique Cry Foul over Leaked Report. (Waste & Abuse)
Try as it might, it is nearly impossible for the General Accounting Office (GAO), which is supposed to serve as the nonpartisan auditing arm of Congress, to stand aloof from the political spasms that regularly rattle the rest of that institution. No...
Surveying the Media's Wartime Woes. (Washington in Brief)
An opinion poll cited here recently showed that the public holds the media in low regard for its performance during the current crisis. A look at letters to newspaper and magazine editors and other forums where the public can get a word in edgewise...
Symposium
Q: Is multiculturalism a threat to the national security of the United States? YES: A fragmented culture subverts national identity, purpose and the will to fight enemies. The purpose of the ideology known commonly as "multiculturalism" is to...
U.N. Aid Feeds Iraqi Weapons Program: A Department of Energy Report Reveals That Saddam Hussein Is Exploiting the U.N. Oil-for-Food Program to Enhance His Weapons-of-Mass-Destruction Capabilities. (World: Saddam Hussein)
Iraq may have been able to boost its development of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), including deadly nerve agents such as VX gas, by purchasing dual-use chemicals and equipment bought under the auspices of the U.N. oil-for-food (OFF) program, according...