Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 19, No. 11, May 13

A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, Watching news of the ongoing war on terrorism while making a sometimes arduous road trip, one bears in mind the old chestnut that no matter how things change, they still remain the same. It's French, you know. And yet, reviewing the...
Anti-War Crowd Demands Proof of WMDs. (Political Notebook)
Despite the insistence of the Pentagon that a menacing arsenal of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) eventually will be found in Iraq, the failure after more than a month of war and occupation to unearth even a single illegal warhead or a drum of prohibited...
Antiwar Singers out of Tune with Public: The Entertainers Who Have Crossed the Line in Their Opposition to War with Iraq Are Finding There Is a High Price to Pay as Fans Reject Their Anti-American Rants. (the Nation: Entertainment Today)
The band Pearl Jam, which became famous during the Seattle "grunge-rock" movement of the 1990s, is not known for having politically conservative enthusiasts. So the reaction of fans at the opening of a new U.S. tour to an antic that lead singer Eddie...
Ban Telemarketers from Your Home Forever! PhoneZap Is the Only Technology That Stops Telemarketers before the Phone Rings. (Technology Breakthrough)
You've had a long day and look forward to coming home and finding some peace of mind. You're just beginning to feel relaxed as you sit down to dinner. Of course the phone rings. Maybe you will just let the machine answer. But then you are reminded...
Celebs Speak Their Mind and Expect Others to Keep Quiet. (Fair Comment)
Since the adoption of the Bill of Rights into the U.S. Constitution, there have been few tenets as reliable as our freedom of speech. On playgrounds across the country, children pour forth with epithets such as "pigface" and "goofball." When told by...
Complexity of Forms Hurts Taxpayers, IRS. (the Watchers)
It's a point that need not be made to millions of Americans who have lost some hair or their tempers testing the premise, but preparing a tax return exacts a cost. A recent General Accounting Office (GAO) report found the complex nature of tax forms...
Diller Fears Further Media Deregulation. (the Business)
He once was media magnate Rupert Murdoch's blue-eyed associate, but now Barry Diller is on the other side when it comes to the regulation of media ownership, or at least the deregulation Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission...
Dowd Questions Do-Gooders
You know the left has gone off the deep end when they complain and ridicule the Pentagon and conservatives because they had Christians as guest speakers at a Good Friday ceremony. Honestly. Pulitzer Prize-winning "journalist" Maureen Dowd, in her...
Fear and Money Are New Factors in Tourism. (Nation in Brief)
The tourism/vacation industry is facing new challenges in an era of concerns about terrorism and the economy. As summer-vacation time approaches, the industry--which ranks right behind autos and food as a consumer item, generating $584 billion a year...
Former G-Men Retire to Top Jobs: Secret Service Agents Are Exploiting a Loophole in Civil-Service Rules to Assume High-Level, High-Paying Jobs Some May Be Unqualified for in Offices of Inspectors General. (the Nation: Federal Law Enforcement)
At a time when federal law enforcement finds its resources stretched to the limit with the war on terrorism, an increasing number of retired U.S. Secret Service agents are taking advantage of an anomaly in the retirement system, unavailable to other...
Greenspan's Not-So-Private Life and Daschle's Week from Hell. (the Insider)
Like the economy, public life has its ups and its downs. Sure, President George W. Bush offered to appoint Alan Greenspan to yet another term as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, but that same week Greenspan underwent a highly publicized operation...
Horror Stories: Millions of Secret Police and Intelligence Files Seized by U.S. Forces Detail the Unspeakable Atrocities Sanctioned by Saddam Hussein
The war footage of Iraq beamed via satellite to billions of TV viewers around the world showed homes with walls invariably decorated with pictures of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. If he was so hated, why so many pictures? There was little choice:...
Is There a Plan to Clean Up the IDB? after Many Months of Denial That Anything Was Amiss, Officials at Latin America's Key Development Bank Have Established Procedures for Greater Accountability. (the World: Inter-American Development Bank)
The stakes had grown increasingly high, but the speaker knew his subject. In an address kicking off the annual meeting of the U.S. taxpayer-financed Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), held this year in Milan, IDB President Enrique Iglesias declared:...
Odds and Ends from across the Atlantic. (for the People)
Regular readers of for the people no doubt will find interesting the following stories, culled from news services and collected for instruction, edification and enlightenment: * In Germany, a group of four college professors who claim to be morally...
Putting Power Back in Parental Hands: Legislation Is Being Considered That Would Allow Parents-Not Schools-To Decide Whether Their Children Need to Be Medicated as a Prerequisite for Attending Classes. (the Nation: ADHD)
Congress soon will vote on legislation that has the psychiatric and mental-health communities agitated. Advocates of the bill say it will return to parents the power to decide whether a child should be medicated to get in school or stay there, and...
Right & Left: Congressional Votes
Senate 1. Eliminate Tax Cuts S Con Res 23 (Amendment) Congressional budget resolutions, though nonbinding, serve as reasonably firm blueprints for fiscal-year appropriations. The most contentious issue during Senate consideration of its fiscal...
Secrets within Iraq's Archives: The Archives of Saddam's Toppled Regime Hold Priceless Intelligence, Diplomatic and Economic Information. but Concerned Parties Wish Some Secrets Would Stay Hidden. (the World: Captured Records)
Looters, journalists, soldiers and spies are scrambling to control or make off with what remains of the archives of the toppled Iraqi government. U.S. and coalition officials are fanning out across Iraq, triaging thousands of sites where secrets of...
Symposium
Q: Should the president's road map to peace include an independent Palestinian state? YES: Statehood will force militant groups to halt violence and behave as political parties. BY EDWARD WALKER Walker was U.S. ambassador to the United Arab...
The Character of Wartime Statesmen: Eliot Cohen Discusses What Made Lincoln, Clemenceau, Churchill and Ben-Gurion Effective Wartime Leaders and Analyzes How President George W. Bush Stacks Up
Eliot Cohen is professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University's prestigious School for Advanced International Studies, also known as SAIS. But Cohen's influence ranges far beyond the classroom. His most recent book, Supreme Command, reportedly...
The Hunt Is on for Saddam's Weapons: Saddam Hussein Had 12 Years to Hide His Weapons of Mass Destruction. after His Fall, It Is Going to Take Some Time for Coalition Forces to Locate and Identify Them. (the World: War in Iraq)
Liberals on Capitol Hill and in the media are screaming, "Where are the weapons?" Since the White House had argued that disarming Saddam was the main reason for going to war, not finding his forbidden weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) all lined up...
The Search for Saddam's Fortune: Financial Sleuths Currently Are Trying to Navigate Saddam Hussein's Byzantine Money Trail. but Finding His Fortune and Seizing It Are Two Separate Challenges. (the World: Finding Money)
The great Saddam cash hunt is afoot. The U.S. Treasury believes it has identified more than $1 billion in previously unknown accounts and the Bank of England already has frozen $648 million in British banks. But some experts say that could amount to...
Things That Go Oink in the Night: Despite Tough Economic Times, Congress Has Approved Federal Monies for Preschool Anger Management, Sea-Otter Research and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. (the Nation: Pork-Barrel Spending)
At a press conference to roll out the 2003 Congressional Pig Book Summary, representatives of the Washington watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) were joined by Sen. John McCain and Rep. Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans, and...
U.S. Gives Chretien a Mulligan for Terrorist-Friendly Agenda
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien recently vacationed in the Dominican Republic, where he teed off with former U.S. president Bill Clinton in the Soft-on-Terror Masters Tournament. While Chretien golfs, his fellow countryman and favorite accused...
Was Liberal Media's War News Fit to Print? (the Last Word)
Since Sheriff Dubya and deputies Dick, Rummy and Colin told Saddam and his thugs to get out of Dodge, it has been vividly demonstrated that Americans now live in a "media democracy"--Paul Johnson's description of the social hive in which we all now...
Yes, Values. but Whose Values? (Washington Diary)
If it has been said once, it has been said a thousand times: George W. Bush has learned the lesson of his father's failed re-election campaign of 1992 and aggressively is addressing the economic concerns of voters. As the president and administration...
You Think You Have a Lot of Paperwork? (the Watchers)
After climbing out from under the mounds of forms and filings necessitated to submit their remittance to the federal government, many Americans wonder how their tax dollars are being spent. On evermore paperwork, of course. And it is no surprise that...