Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 16, No. 48, December 25

A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, As we go to press we are unperturbed by shrill comments, such as those by Sen. Joe Lieberman, that the United States is facing a constitutional crisis. Hogwash! We as a people are seeing our republic's system of constitutional doctrines...
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American Imperialism Is Not in the U.S. Interest
Robert Kagan, the top foreign-policy theorist of something that has become known as "National Greatness" conservatism, insists that thoughtful Americans come to grips with the new post-Cold War world by adopting a new outlook on foreign policy consistent...
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At Last, Albright Takes Action on International Parental Kidnapping
News alert! has learned that Secretary of State Madeleine Albright recently met with Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner and once again raised the issue of international parental kidnapping -- and, in particular, the Tom Sylvester case....
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Battle for Justice on the 19th Floor
The outcry against the Miami-Dade Election Board's exclusion of Republican observers from its vote recount was portrayed as mob intimidation, but here is the truth. Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., smelled "a whiff of fascism." Democratic vice-presidential...
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Canadian Elections Were Not without Controversy
Only 63 percent of Canada's eligible voters cast their ballots in late November -- the lowest level for a general election in more than 75 years -- returning the Liberal Party and 66-year-old incumbent Prime Minister Jean Chretien to power. Canadians...
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Florida Supreme Court's Abuse of Power Must Be Punished
The Florida Supreme Court must be severely punished for participating in vote fraud. Impeachment is too good for the Gang of Seven. Arrest, indictment and trial are the best response to the court's misuse of judicial office to facilitate the attempted...
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Foreign Business Faces New Hazards
`RiskMap 2001,' a guide for companies doing business abroad, details the increasingly difficult political, social and economic environments that accompany globalization. U.S. companies beware: It's tricky out there, according to Control Risks Group...
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Gore Lawyer Misleads Court
When the celebrated Washington lawyer Bob Bennett learned that he had been lied to by his client, and had as a result submitted false information to a federal judge, he knew what to do. Bennett told the court directly that facts he had presented on...
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Left Behind
The producers of a heavily marketed Christian movie hope it will sell enough tickets to stir interest in the genre among Hollywood moguls. The movie Left Behind won't open for another three months, but its producers are trying to whip up enthusiasm...
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Living with a Difficult Transition
The transition from one presidential administration to the next has never been easy, but the transition from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush could be extra difficult. In his 1981 book Presidential Saints and Sinners, historian Thomas Bailey described...
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Merry Prankster Christmas Gifts
A new catalog from an old company -- Johnson Smith -- offers a variety of offbeat (and low-cost) items that will bring out lots of laughter and surprise in kids of any age. So you still are looking for that unusual gift, that special something,...
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Santa's Scorecard
Not working," Jim Carrey fumes as his Christmas-hating Grinch attempts to drown out sounds from the Christmas-loving Whoville -- a peevish remark that has a boomerang relevance to Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. An all too lavish, consistently...
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Shanks Unearths the History of the Bible
An interest in biblical archaeology motivated Hershel Shanks to trade his legal pad for an editor's notebook to bring Bible scholarship to a wide popular audience. Hershel Shanks was a Washington attorney in private practice when he decided "to...
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Show Goes on for Inaugural Fetes
Despite the contested election results in Florida, hoteliers, caterers, party planners, retailers and the political parties now are preparing for the swearing of the 43rd president. Ric Marino of Washington-based Well Done Catering laughs about...
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Stink Police to Enforce Dis-Odorly Conduct
Adding its weight to a trend that has been building momentum for the last decade, the federal Access Board has adopted a policy against the wearing of perfume or cologne at its meetings. Also banned are scents generated by soap or shower gel, and anything...
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Symposuim
Q: Does the reliance of the news media on polls distort reporting? Yes: A horse-race poll becomes the issue and it is nothing but manufactured news. "You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war," wrote newspaper publisher William Randolph...
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Top Cats
The fate of college basketball's top-ranked Arizona Wildcats hinges on center Loren Woods. It was enough to turn University of Arizona head basketball coach Lute Olson's hair gray -- or, at least, lighten the few renegade strands in his famously...
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True Sportsmanship
Men and women at universities across the country are devoting as many as 20 hours a week to one of 500 club sports offered for students who like to compete -- and have some fun. Ed Bowers rolls out of bed at 4 a.m. -- not to study for a full day...
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Truth Goes Down for the Recount
The presidential election has turned into a melodrama worthy of a TV miniseries as vote recounts, court challenges and baseless allegations make a mockery of American democracy. The febrile opinions of Alan Dershowitz, the hordes of cameras outside...
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Union Dues
Despite ringing appeals for unity, North Africa seems to be drifting further apart. Ethnic and religious bonds notwithstanding, the planned union of the five North African nations known as the Maghreb -- "the place where the sun seats" -- is plagued...
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U.S. Politics Locked in a Cycle of Vengeance
Where is this going and how on earth is the next president -- presumably George W. Bush -- going to be able to govern with questions of legitimacy clouding the authority of the next administration and sour grapes adding to ill feeling on Capitol Hill?...
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Waste & Abuse
Bringing the Environment Battle to the Burbs Demonstrating that organized environmentalism is at heart as much about economics as it is about ecology, the Seattle Times recently reported that antilogging groups, having succeeded beyond their dreams...
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Waves of Refugees
People are moving, but not because they want to. Millions of displaced people fleeing political and religious persecution are swamping efforts to help them survive their living nightmares. The numbers are staggering and fail to express the depth...
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Welfare Reform Still Needs Work
Although welfare reforms have weaned many American families from cash assistance, reliance on supplemental benefits is still on the rise. So what's next for welfare? Welfare reform, a volatile issue during the 1996 election season, was all but ignored...
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