Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 15, No. 1, January 4

12 Months of Monica Lewinsky
Although she first came to the White House in 1995, events of this year have had the most impact on the presidency -- and have led the U.S. to the brink of a constitutional crisis. Dec. 28, 1997: Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky have their last...
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And Now, the Rest of the Story
The scholars, scribes, philosophers and thinkers interviewed for Insight's `Picture Profile' section have more to say at year's end regarding the state of the union. And here it is. From the vantage point of the nation's capital, 1998 seems, for...
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At Theaters near You
With apologies to critics who love grainy films about morose Bicyclists with one leg, here is Insight's populist list of motion Pictures that Americans actually seem to have enjoyed in 1998. Insight's decidedly populist list of best films of 1998...
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Correspondence
Forget the Sex, Congress, and Represent the People Unfortunately, the GOP never listened to the voices of the rank and file Republicans. If they had, they would have discovered long ago that the American people feel they have had no voice in what...
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Europe's Future
This January, the European Union adopts a single currency, in addition to its Parliament and court. The prospect of that closer union is unsettling to many. On the first of January, 11 of the 15 nations in the European Community are handing control...
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Hell and High Water
Mother Nature was on a tear in 1998, and one of her bad `children' wreaked havoc in the Western Hemisphere with weather that claimed tens of thousands of lives and left millions homeless in its wake. As the song goes, the weather out there is frightful....
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High Tech's Second Coming
Ultrafast Internet access, computer-designed cars, digital video, free online banking and satellite telephones are among popular devices that have changed Americans' lives in 1998. When scientists manage to kill HIV/AIDS cells in a test tube or...
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Hilaire Du Berrier: Spy from North Dakota
The boy who was raised on the American prairie became the confidant of kings, and lived a life of incredible adventure. And after nearly a century of work he calmly looks to the future. Hilaire du Berrier is a pioneer aviator, daredevil, adventurer,...
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Orders from the Court
The Supreme Court handed down important -- but underreported -- rulings on school vouchers, workers' rights, interest on lawyers' trust accounts as well as sexual-harassment liability. In law, 1998 was the year when radical legal theory came into...
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Q: Did Bill Clinton Let U.S. National Security Slide in 1998?
Yes: The Clinton foreign-policy chickens have come home to roost. For six years, the Clinton-Gore administration has been pursuing foreign and defense policies doomed to fail. Now, the failures are being noticed. In region after region, the chickens...
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Reading by the Book
Best-seller lists in fiction and nonfiction may reveal no more than literary fashion, but here are the year's most memorable reads in both categories. There are so many books published each year that Insight doesn't offer a Top 10 list as much as...
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Rolling out the Pork Barrel
Under the guise of a balanced-budget bill, the White House and Congress crafted a $520 billion piece of legislation that shows the incumbency-protection racket is alive and well. The fall of 1997 was a triumphant time for deficit hawks in Congress:...
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Setting Fire to Their Pompoms
Are the mainstream media perhaps a bit biased in their coverage of the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal? In summing up the positions espoused, L. Brent Bozell III, chairman of the Media Research Center, or MRC, suggests strongly that the bias actually is blatant....
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Sex-Harassment Trials Don't Just Hurt Yahoos
Americans are seeing for the first time what happens when the president of the United States is sued for sexual harassment. The discovery process in the Paula Jones case gave investigators the right to explore other sexual relationships, including...
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Straight from Central Casting
Some late testimony just in from the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearings as told to Plato -- or possibly Saturday Night Live. Chairman Henry Unctuous of Illinois: "Why, thank you, Mr. Rough for being here and being ready to impart your...
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Technology Update
"For years I had trouble sleeping restfully--now I know the problem was in my mattress!" NatureSleep[TM] Platinum features comfort zones that match your body's shape and promote restful, I lead a hectic life. Between my part-time job, the kids,...
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Ten Honorable Men
In 1974, I served as chief counsel to the House Judiciary Committee looking into impeachment of President Nixon. I kept a diary during the proceedings -- a testimonial to the statesmen. Our Founders, in their wisdom, made the House of Representatives...
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They're Playing Our Songs
Swing, big band and hot jazz were resurrected in 1998, while a musical was paying ragtime to rave reviews around the country. Whatever your taste, there is something on the list for everyone. The American music scene remained healthy during 1998....
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Trouble on the Horizon?
As 1998 drew to a close, there was alarm in some foreign capitals that the White House, distracted by L'affaire Lewinsky, was only episodically keeping abreast of key overseas developments. For Americans, 1998 was the year of Monica Lewinsky, of...
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U.S. Media Should Take Cues from Russians on Covering Monicagate
A quarter-century ago, on Nov. 12, 1973, many U.S. newspapers published a UPI story captioned "Pravda Comes to Nixon Defense" The principal mouthpiece of Soviet propaganda had broken a months-long silence about the tremors that had been rocking Washington,...
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Waiting for Godot
The last 365 days have seen confusion about the word `is' tape recordings debating the meaning of sex, bombs dropped on foreign countries and endless probes. But is anything happening? Estragon: Let's go. Vladimir: We can't. Estragon: Why...
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