Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 8, March 4

A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, It always intrigues us when politicians get caught speaking in "private" near microphones. President George W. Bush, God love him, is no stranger to such embarrassments, and recently at the National Prayer Breakfast was caught again....
All That Glitters Is Not Gold: Critics Charge That a `Gold Cartel' of Public Officials and Major Bullion Banks Has Suppressed the Price of Gold, Possibly Setting Key Banks Up for an Enron-Like Tumble. (Nation: Bullion Banks)
Even though Enron employees and the company's accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, have destroyed mountains of documents, enough information remains in the ruins of the nation's largest corporate bankruptcy to provide a clear picture of what happened...
An Olympic Price Tag: Salt Lake City's Tab for the 2002 Winter Games Will Reach Nearly $2 Billion. (Sports)
Mitt Romney, president of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee (SLOC), made reducing the size and cost of the Games a priority during his tenure. Of course, there's only so much one man can do. The 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, which began...
Bush Budget Plan Signals a Different Republican Revolution. (Budget)
It's often said that Sept. 11, 2001, was a day that forever changed America. But it seems also to have completed a transformation of the Republican Party, from one long associated in the public mind with fiscal responsibility and minimalist government...
Command Performance: President George W. Bush and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld Have Been the Leaders of a Paradigm Shift in the Mission, Structure and Post-Cold War Objectives of the U.S. Armed Forces. (Cover Story)
He is shifting the way America sees itself and its role in the world, and radically changing the way the country defends itself and wages war. He began with a vision more than a year ago -- a vision that since the attacks of Sept. 11 has come into...
Do the Data: The Statistical Abstract Offers Snapshots of American Life in the New Century. (Trends)
Use of cellular phones in the United States has climbed more than twentyfold -- from 5 million to 110 million subscribers -- since 1990, the U.S. Census Bureau has disclosed in the Statistical Abstract for 2001. While cell-phone usage and employment...
Efficiency Effort Threatens the Status Quo. (Political Notebook)
Performance goals for government departments? A management scorecard that grades federal agencies for all to see? Next thing you know the Bush White House, in its drive for corporate efficiency, will start getting serious about saving taxpayers hundreds...
Enron vs. Hillary Care: Media Double Standard Is at Work. (Fair Comment)
This Enron guilt-by-association media jihad needs to stop. Suddenly it seems that everyone who took money or spoke with someone at Enron should just line up at the federal penitentiary. To the media's collective delight, the General Accounting Office...
FBI Puts a Lid on an Internet Trash Can. (Washington in Brief)
The FBI has begun cleaning up some of the trash on the Internet. Agents raided the home of a Los Angeles teen-ager who published bomb-making information and, according to an FBI affidavit and his own admission, hacked into other Websites to post anarchist...
Harvard Flap Sells Rap: The Dustup between Cornel West and Harvard and the Ensuing Publicity Have Been Helping Sales of His CD. (Culture)
Last September, when Harvard University Professor Cornel West released his rap CD, Sketches of My Culture, it floundered, selling around 1,000 copies. But his recent falling-out with university President Lawrence Summers, who asked West to cut back...
Hubris Alive and Well on Hill. (Washington's Week)
Michael LaRock has learned an invaluable lesson about hubris. So confident was he of his abilities to stay one step ahead of the police -- he already had escaped from the scene of his crimes in New York to his home in Georgia -- LaRock placed a boastful...
I'm Ok, Euro-K: But Some Analysts Remain Skeptical about the Cohesion of the Euro Countries. (Economy)
Analysts in neutral Switzerland, which has kept out of the European Union (EU), are increasingly cautious about Europe's ability to pull together. But some remain optimistic despite the recent fall of the euro and the increasing economic difficulties...
Lack of Clear Law Leaves Dual Citizenship a Murky Subject. (News Alert!)
Just because U.S. law on dual citizenship has been murky for more than 30 years doesn't mean the problem is going away anytime soon. In the recent report, Dual Citizenship and National Identity, Stanley Renshon, a professor of political science at...
Live from Qatar: It's Jihad Television: The Al-Jazeera TV Network Is Osama Bin Laden's Favorite Satellite Channel -- a Station Financed by the Emir of Qatar, a U.S. Ally. Some Believe the Network's Cozy Relationship with Al-Qaeda Merits Vigorous U.S. Action to Pull the Plug on Its Dubious Programming. (Special Report)
For once, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher didn't mince words. "We've expressed our concerns about some of the kinds of things we've seen on their air, particularly inflammatory stories, totally untrue stories, things like that" he said at...
`Loonie' Bin: The U.S. Dollar May Force the Struggling Canadian `Loonie' into Extinction. (Economy)
America's war on terrorism may end up claiming an unintended victim -- the lowly Canadian loonie. As Washington and Ottawa forge closer ties to strengthen continental security, politicians are about to ask a question few would have dared before Sept....
Losing Liberties: Legislators and Agencies Are Working on Security and Civil-Rights Issues. (Security)
After rushing to post metal detectors at entrances to state capitols, legislators have realized there's nothing they can do about people carrying firearms into the buildings: Many states grant residents the right to carry a gun in public spaces. ...
Measures to Prevent Terrorism Miscalculate Risk Assessment. (Fair Comment)
President George W. Bush's State of the Union address told us that legislation passed, expenditures made and troops deployed are just the beginning of our war on terrorism. But shouldn't we begin to confront the difficult question: How much should...
Minorities' Health Improves, but Gap Persists. (Trends)
Federal health officials have released a report showing significant improvement in the health of racial and ethnic minorities even though major ethnic disparities persist. The good news, notes U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, is that Americans of...
Move over David Letterman, Here Comes Mark Foley. (News Alert!)
Republican Rep. Mark Foley carries the unlucky distinction of representing West Palm Beach, Fla., home to so much voter confusion in the last election that it was almost, well, funny. It's a matter of good fortune that Foley has a sense of humor about...
Out-of-Control Pataki Handles Budget like RINO Run Amok. (Fair Comment)
Immediately after the World Trade Center's destruction, Republican New York Gov. George Pataki played Robin to GOP Mayor Rudy Giuliani's Batman as they rallied Gotham City. Pataki recently has emerged, however, as more villain than superhero's sidekick....
Pledge Politics: `Black Pledge of Allegiance' on a School Website Riles Critics, Who Call It Divisive. (Culture)
A public-school district in Oklahoma City has been accused of espousing black-separatist doctrine because a copy of the "black pledge of allegiance" is posted on its Website (www.millwood.k12.ok.us/ Students.htm) just beneath the Pledge of Allegiance...
Spy Startups: A Nonprofit Venture Gets $30 Million from the CIA to Invest in Tech Companies. (Security)
Gilman Louie is not on the lookout for companies that make exploding pens, but he is trying to help the government's leading intelligence agency find useful technology. Louie heads In-Q-Tel Inc., founded two years ago as the nonprofit venture-capital...
Symposium
Q: Was President Bush right to include North Korea in the `axis of evil'? YES: A nation that starves its own people and sells weapons to rogue nations is worthy of the name. FRANK J. GAFFNEY JR. Gaffney formerly served as assistant secretary...
The Party Is Almost over for the Democrats. (the Last Word)
You can't blame Senate Democrats or their panjan-drums, Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Teddy Kennedy of Massachusetts, for wanting to grab full control of Congress in the November elections and the White House in 2004. They see the...
Who Cleared That Enron Exemption? under Arthur Levitt's Direction, the SEC Gave Enron Exemptions from Securities Laws, Opening the Door for Business Practices That Cost Many Their Life's Savings. (Investigative Report)
Former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman Arthur Levitt fast is emerging in the national media as the white knight of the Enron Corp. scandal. If only Congress hadn't stopped the proposed "reforms" of Levitt, who was appointed by President...
Will Bush Find Budget Balance? the President's Budget Proposal Focuses on National Defense and Ending the Recession, Leaving Congressional Porkers to Complain about Funding of Social Programs. (Nation: Government Spending)
For congressional budget trackers the release of the president's budget proposal is as much a harbinger for the annual governmental funding dance on Capitol Hill as Labor Day is for the start of the school year. On Feb. 4, President George W. Bush...
World Listens as Reilly Tells Truth: Director Robert Reilly Believes the Voice of America's Mission of Providing Accurate and Objective News to a Worldwide Audience of 91 Million Still Is Indispensable. (Picture Profile)
When President George W. Bush appointed Robert R. Reilly as director of the Voice of America (VOA), the official international radio of the U.S. government, it was a compliment to the VOA staff Reilly, a longtime civil servant at the broadcasting agency,...
Xbox Football Season Begins: `NFL Fever 2002' Is Perfect Postseason Entertainment for Pro-Football Faithfuls. (Media)
Getting a group of surly, 250-pound football players to jump on demand has become a routine part of the workday for Kathy O'Keefe. She and a team of 40 other computer-graphics experts have developed NFL Fever 2002 for Microsoft's Xbox video-gaming...