Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 14, No. 20, June 1

After Preaching Carpe Diem, GOP Gets Educational Reform Rolling
If you listen closely, you will hear the sound of cement cracking. It is the cement in which the education debate has been frozen for a dozen years. The familiar and tiresome argument went like this: Liberals argued they were "for" education because...
Avarice in the Nineties? It Depends Who Says So
The press criticized Ronald Reagan during the eighties for that decade's capitalistic concupiscence. But the same media mavens are surprisingly silent duping the rapacious nineties. A snapshot of a decade: New York stockbrokers host lavish year-end...
Believing in God and Science
Is the gap between modern science and faith in a Creator unbridgeable? Not so, say growing numbers of scientists and theologians who believe the two can exist in harmony. At first glance, Bill Stoeger might look like a man of contradictions. A Jesuit...
Calculation, Not Whim, in Russian Reshuffle
The editorial pages of the world's leading newspapers were of one mind back in March. Shocked by Russian President Boris Yeltsin's abrupt dismissal of his Cabinet, including pro-reform prime minister Victor Chernomyrdin, the conclusions were the same:...
Democratic 'Career Resource Center' Helps Hubbell
When he was not discussing his distaste for meatloaf with his wife, or his softball injury with CBS correspondent Linda Douglass, convicted Whitewater felon Webster Hubbell was getting business done. During the course of a Sept. 11, 1996, recorded...
Does Microsoft's Web-Browser Policy Violate Antitrust Laws?
Yes: Microsoft is `marketing' its browser based on its monopoly of operating systems. Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman, recently was quoted as saying that "the entire PC industry has a large stake in the introduction and success of Windows 98," Microsoft's...
Dumbing Down God
When priests and ministers are not adequately trained, the false idols of television displace them as dubious moral guides for American youth. We all know Johnny can't read. Nor, most likely, can he readily write, add or subtract. But, surely, he...
Genoveses Try to Alter the Course of History Teaching
Eugene Genovese, now a leader against the cultural left, has joined with Ids wife, Elizabeth, to challenge politically correct assumptions that have undermined historical scholarship. Eugene Genovese, a Communist Party member from 1947-50, gained...
Hail, Gales and Doldrums ... It's All in a Day's Sail
One of the most sporting contests -- the Whitbread Round the World Race -- is coming to an end. Two U.S. crews will be among the proud regatta that sails toward England May 24. It is sailing's megamarathon, a sporting event that tests tactical skills,...
Methodism's Same-Sex Vows Portend Schism
The bishops of the United Methodist Church grappled with the issue of same-sex marriage at their meeting in Lincoln, Neb., at the end of April. But their largely inconclusive response ensures that the issue of homosexuality will continue to inflame...
NEA Spreads Wealth, but New York Gets the Most
The National Endowment fop the Arts has released $80 million in funding, with Empire State nonprofit organizations receiving a lion's shape -- 204 federal grants totaling $25 million. After learning that one-third of all congressional districts receive...
Private Firms Are Leading the New Race into Space
As the telecommunications revolution continues to unfold, companies ape investing in networks of satellites that promise to provide global -- and eventually cheaper -- cellular service. With the flip of a switch, the panels of a conference room slide...
Profs Stage Coup against Status Quo
A group of historians have mounted a challenge to postmodern orthodoxy that some say determines who gets ahead in their profession. Marc Trachtenberg refers to it as his "John Belushi letter," the manifesto that signaled his alienation from many...
Rein in RICO before It Rewrites the Constitution
Today Eugene "Bull" Connor, the infamous former police commissioner of Birmingham, Ala., who vehemently opposed desegregation, wouldn't have to use fire hoses and attack dogs to stop the freedom marchers. He could use RICO -- the Racketeer Influenced,...
The Big Bankers Get Together
The distinctions among commercial banks, investment firms, securities brokerages and insurance companies melt away as more and more U.S. banks seek profitable megamergers. In rapid succession, the asset gatherers joyfully announced that the era of...
The Search for Sovereignty
Even with new wealth from gaming and business,, American Indians still ape struggling to define their cultures and preserve their ways of life against new pressures. Sovereignty is a word you hear frequently among American Indians these days. It...
Thoughts on Chairman Dan
There is madness afoot as Democrats continue to attack their accusers. This time the target is Indiana GOP Rep. Dan Burton, and the finger-pointer is the fiercely partisan Henry Waxman. No wonder Hollywood stars like coming to Washington. There's...
When 'Hip' No Longer Is in Fashion
It's tough to be hip in the culture if you're not in your twentysomethings. Even then it's not easy. If you use the word cool you're not hip, and if you're hip your time has already passed. I learned all this from the latest cool dude in pop culture...