Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 11, No. 15, April 17

Art Dealers and Gallery Owners Say NEA Doesn't Affect Business
A diminished National Endowment for the Arts will have little impact on business, say art mavens who make their living in the marketplace. Federal tax policies wield much more influence. The commercial art world wouldn't blink if the National Endowment...
A Social Outcast, Paine Became the Ultimate Political Insider
Thomas Paine led a life of paradox, a life in which the world embraced him even as it rejected him; a life of success, yet of failure. Indeed, failure seems too tame a word to describe his first 37 years in England. The son of a Quaker who was a corset...
Clinton's Ethical Promises Are Proving Hard to Keep
The Clinton administration proclaimed it would not be tainted even by the appearance of improprietary. However, some Cabinet officials find themselves under unrelenting congressional scrutiny. Bill Clinton came to Washington promising there would be...
Congressional Perks Show Us the 'Specialness' of Members
The impression most people have of Capitol Hill is one of grim lawmakers chained to their desks, swilling black coffee as they solemnly push through the Republican "Contract With America." Gone are the good times, the glory days of junketeering and lavish...
Euthanasia in Netherlands Is Cautionary Tale for U.S
In the United States, when the subject turns to euthanasia - known more commonly here as doctor-assisted suicide - ethicists and policymakers worry aloud about going down the "slippery slope." In the Netherlands, they've already slipped. And therein...
Experts Fear Copycat Attacks by Terrorists Operating in U.S
The gassing of Tokyo subway riders has provided a horrible glimpse into the future of global terrorism. The next attack could be against the United States. I've been asked a few times if we were surprised," says Michael Moodie, an arms-control official...
Feeling Inarticulate? Help Is on the Way
It is all too true that Americans have become inarticulate, at least in some respects. Television, families without much parental interaction with children and schools more interested in socializing kids than instructing them have combined to reduce...
Governor Grapples with 'Genteel' State Politics
The Old Dominion's governor, Republican George Allen, seems to have fallen from grace. Some say his iron fist has struck too hard, but Allen blames 'obstructionist' Democrats. During basketball games between the University of Virginia and Washington's...
Starr Investigation Turns to Drug Money and Clinton
The probe by Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr into the Whitewater scandal apparently is metamorphosing. Starr allegedly is looking into possible links between Clinton campaign finances and drug profits. Whitewater Independent Counsel Kenneth W....
The Endangered Species Act: An Animal Not Worth Saving?
Mark it in red on your calendar: April 22 is Earth Day, the most revered observance of the secular year. Or not so secular - environmentalism is a high-gear crusade with the ritual and doctrine of a religion. The environmental congregation - and its...
Welfare Must Encourage Self-Reliance
Reforming our country's welfare system is probably the most contentious issue we will undertake this year in the Senate. Will it be a rhetorical battle royal of the self-described protectors of the poor vs. the so-called "Robin Hood in reverse" Republicans?...
White House Job Policies Rely on Government, Not Free Market
Wall Street cheered when unemployment fell to 5.4 percent. So did the Clinton administration. "The fundamentals of this economy overall are healthier than they have been in a generation," said Clinton. Last year, of course, he said similar things about...
Why Clinton Crime Bill Doesn't Pay
President Clinton has vowed to veto Republican attempts to rewrite last year's crime bill. Conservatives of both parties should welcome this challenge. Block grants will not only give states and communities more discretion about how to spend their money,...
Women's Work: It's the Economy, Say New GOP Lawmakers
Republican women of the House refuse to be sidetracked by the politics of gender. They are as wedded to the GOP's 'Contract With America' as their male colleagues and are taking the lead in changing the way Congress does business. Don't call her a feminist....