Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 16, No. 46, December 11

A Classic Comeback
Modernism ruled during the 20th century, but traditional art could reign in the next. Art in the 21st century will draw its inspiration from traditions that largely were neglected during modernism's 20th-century heyday, say artists, critics and...
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A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, At the junction of Military Trail and Gun Club Road, history again is being made as surely as it was during the Cuban missile crisis, when the world also waited anxiously for reports from West Palm Beach, now embroiled in another presidential...
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Americanism According to Professor Lipset
The eminent scholar and author has written a new book that examines how liberty and individualism prevented socialism from taking root in America. Seymour Martin Lipset is one of America's great scholars. The author of numerous books on the history...
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AWOL Military Ballots Cause Controversy
In Florida, the Democrats are bewailing spoiled ballots and demanding that such votes should count. But in farflung regions of the world, as well as on the high seas, the lament of military personnel is about missing ballots -- ballots completed and...
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Bureaucratic Malpractice
Critics of the agency that oversees Medicare claim that its cumbersome bureaucracy cripples medical innovation and cheats the sick. Now Congress has gotten into the debate. A bipartisan group of 31 congressmen has petitioned the House Ways and Means...
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Elderly and Armed
While the numbers are low and most offenses minor, more senior citizens are committing more violent crimes, often with guns. Crime committed by the elderly is increasing. As baby boomers who have abused alcohol and illegal drugs enter the ranks...
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Election Turns into a Circus
As the Gore team's Clintonian schemes to wrangle the Florida vote away from George W. Bush were grinding on, Clinton was locking in new regulations by executive order. Anyone who ever wondered what a collaborative effort between Monty Python and...
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Funeral Industry Colludes with Clergy to Fleece Laity
Most people have heard stories of unscrupulous funeral directors who employ shrewd sales techniques and outrageous markups to prey upon their clients' emotional vulnerability. What most people do not know is that a good number of their local family...
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Gore Attempted Theft of Election in Desperate Act
Democrats like to steal elections. In fact, they're very good at it. Whether it was the presidential election of 1960, the Indiana "Bloody Eighth" House race of 1984 or the Maryland gubernatorial race in 1994, they have proved time and again to be...
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HPV Emerging as the Next Epidemic
An incurable sexually transmitted virus is quietly spreading through the U.S. population, but government officials disagree as to the danger it poses and how it should be handled. On one side is Rep. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., an obstetrician who speaks...
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Market, Allies and Adversaries Await Results
If polls are to be believed -- and, after what we've been through, who the heck could give most of them much credence at all -- most Americans don't see the delay in knowing who the next president is going to be as a big problem for the country. Al...
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Media Culpas
This just in: ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, Fox and AP now are blaming their blatant election-night reporting errors on a polling service they all had a hand in creating. Soon 7:49 p.m. may go down in history as the beginning of the end for confidence in...
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Old Age Ain't What It Used to Be
The AARP, formerly known as the American Association for Retired Persons and now simply known by its acronym, is retooling itself to accommodate a flood of new 50-somethings who are redefining the terms "elderly" and "older." In October, the organization...
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Oregonians Post Their Ballots
In this presidential election, Oregon replaced the traditional ballot box with a new system of mail-in voting. There was a high vote turnout, but problems were encountered. The turmoil and uncertainty of this year's presidential election overshadowed...
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Pollster John Zogby on the Exit Polls
John Zogby of Zogby International again predicted the presidential election with near perfection. Here, exclusive to Insight, is what he has to say about the premature, and wrong, calls the TV networks made about the presidential balloting in Florida....
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Social Measures Do Well on Ballot
Pro-family, conservative groups claim victory in several state elections and thorny ballet initiatives, even in such traditionally liberal strongholds as Maine and Vermont. American voters showed on Election Day that they have not abandoned their...
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Suffrage Is Now Stepchild of Apathy
As tediously predictable as that dogs get fleas in the summertime is the fuss every four years about the Electoral College. That a U.S. president be chosen by indirect vote is deeply offensive to the rabidly egalitarian. Never mind that this constitutional...
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Symposium
Q: Would privatizing Social Security shortchange U.S. workers? Yes: The cost of transition and alternative insurance will mean less retirement income for all Americans. You've probably heard the rumor that Social Security won't be there for you...
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The Embarrassing Pentagon Website
The Pentagon's oh-so-sensitive Website has information on tacos, diapers and sexual harassment, but says little about Chinese or Russian weapons that target the United States. Not since Ronald Reagan was president during the 1980s has the Department...
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Troubled Souls Gather at Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Confab
"Just relax and take a deep breath" -- that was President Clinton's advice at the summit meeting on Nov. 15 in Brunei for the leaders of countries bordering the Asian Pacific. In a joking mood, the president predicted that whatever happens with the...
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True Campaign-Finance Reform
The major problem in campaign financing is the fear that some donors expect their contributions to be rewarded with political favors, votes or decisions that candidates would not have made absent those donations. We worry that our elected officials...
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Wast & Abuse
Clinton Cranks Out Last-Minute Executive Orders Everything else about the Clinton administration has been strangely backward, so one shouldn't be surprised that this particular White House has saved the most controversial remnants of its agenda...
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Welcoming the Stork Later in Life
More over-40 women are having babies, and society is more receptive toward older parents, but there's a downside to having kids in middle age. More and more people are delaying marriage and pregnancy to pursue education and careers. Last year, women...
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When Voters Are the Legislators
On Election Day, voters bypassed legislatures and decided many controversial issues themselves through statewide referenda. But is direct democracy good for the country? Through votes on some 200 ballot measures in 42 states, new state and local...
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Why Al Gore Is No Richard Nixon
The embarrassments of the 2000 presidential election share several uncanny similarities with the 1960 election, except Nixon conceded to JFK for the good of the nation. Remember when former presidents were regarded as elder statesmen? In 1960, President...
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Write Stuff
The director of The Right Stuff turns his attention to history's most famous libertine inQuills. In the spring of 1803, at age 63, the notorious Marquis de Sade was confined to Charenton, an insane asylum outside Paris. "This incorrigible man was...
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