Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 15, No. 21, June 7

Academia Embraces Own Future Shock
It has been so easy to make fun of politically correct academia that it is hard to shock the public anymore in exposing how the intellectual elites think. It's particularly difficult to write satire after surveying the rifles of courses at prestigious...
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A Formula for Cutting Government Spending
The president of the National Tax Limitation Committee, through years of trial and error, has developed the means to bring government spending and taxation back under control. Lew Uhler, president of the National Tax Limitation Committee, is a longtime...
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Alien Invasion Alarms Arizonans
Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants seeking U.S. jobs are tramping across the border each month, providing cover for drug couriers and trashing the little city of Douglas, Ariz., 120 miles southeast of Tucson. The number of border crossers has...
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Angels Look Homeward
Angels always have been part of American culture, but a renewed interest and belief in them is sweeping the country, leading to questions about who they really are. Angels are popular in the United States these days, and you can meet them almost...
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Athletes Don't Fade Away ... They Just Call It Quits
Players retire at the top of the game because they can afford to. Money is affecting their behavior in other ways, too, as guaranteed contracts take the edge off performance. Athletes stopped being rich about 10 years ago. Now they're Fortune 500-wealthy....
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Chinese Spies Taking Advantage of U.S. Business Visas
Few newspapers chose to cover the visa-fraud heatings on May 6 by the House Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration and Claims. Those that did failed to push beyond the testimony of administration officials, who acknowledged that business-visa programs...
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Correspondence
Rand's Characters Reflected Her Own Impressive Vitality Rather than argue against the pernicious criticisms of Ayn Rand raised in the article ["Rand'$ $tory," May 31] by those who either didn't know her or with whom she severed relations, I'll just...
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DNC Donor Tells Chinese Secrets
The campaign-finance scandal figure has at last broken his silence in testimony detailing how he got large sums of money from Chinese intelligence to buy access to Clinton. There is comic timing. There is dramatic timing. And then there is Johnny...
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Duck and Cover, U.S. Taxpayers
The Cold War may be over, but the days of "duck and cover" never seem to end for the shell-shocked U.S. taxpayer. It's called the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, or CTR--but the $3 billion U.S. effort to help Russia safely dismantle its Soviet-era...
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Frogs as Poster Children in `Pollution' Campaign
By now, virtually every public-school student in the country has heard about the supposed environmental catastrophe that has produced deformed frogs. Everywhere you look, it is said, there are frogs being born with severe disabilities: too few or...
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Gender Gap Dooms Men to Shorter Life Spans
It seems that two X chromosomes are better than one. Women outlive men, despite their vulnerability to conditions such as arthritis, depression and diseases of the immune system. The ultimate gender gap between men and women doesn't involve pay...
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Generation Gap Widens; Films, Songs Don't Help
Things haven't changed much since parents asked, `What's the matter with kids today?.' in Bye Bye Birdie. A study finds parents mere perplexed than ever about the younger generation. American adults remain uneasy about the current generation of...
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Government Predicts Mass Migration
More than a half-million immigrants from Central America are headed toward the U.S. border. Critics say the White House is partly responsible and entirely unprepared for the invasion. A vast migration of Central Americans is moving toward the U.S....
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High Court Focuses on Challenging Questions
The Supreme Court ended its term debating the Americans With Disabilities Act. At issue is the definition of disabled -- whether it covers high-blood pressure and imperfect vision. Bra sizes of Hooters' waitresses, the height of quarterback Doug...
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Is University of Chicago Becoming Too `Normal'?
Students, faculty and alumni are decrying what they call the `dumbing down' of a renowned institution to attract more students, make more money and become more `normal.' The University of Chicago long has been revered as a place for serious scholarship,...
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Liars, Then and Now, Fly High on Borrowed Wings
There is a great line from a speech given in the late 1950s -- a line that could serve as our modern-day epitaph. It's a short, eight-word sentence that seems to capture the entire worth of the baby-boomer generation and beyond. This sentence is embarrassingly...
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Lucas Weaves New Mythology
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace succeeds dramatically and gives new background to George Lucas' unfolding vision, which is much indebted to Christianity. It's here. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace opened around the country on May...
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Nuclear Security
An Insight investigation finds shocking new and ongoing espionage at DOE labs. Money alone won't fix the lapses; FBI probes find new suspects, new worries. After his NBC Meet the Press appearance on May 9, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson rushed...
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Prueher to Be Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to China
The ambassador job that nobody wanted will go to retired Adm. Joseph W. Prueher, 56, who led all U.S. forces in the Pacific during a particularly tense period in U.S.-Chinese relations. Prueher, who began making his rounds on Capitol Hill in early...
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Questioning the Questioners
The TV networks' Sunday morning news-talk shows are losing influence as their competition increases -- and maybe because of their superficiality and lack of hard-questioning interviews. He probably should have worn his "lucky blazer." He liked to...
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Refugees Arrive from Kosovo
The White House ordered the quick evacuation of 20,000 Kosovar refugees that the United States pledged to take, shortcutting normal procedures and background checks. On April 1, a Muslim holiday, Serbian police appeared at the Kosovo home of Selin...
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Savings-and-Loan Bailout: The Bills Keep Coming
Last year when no one was watching, Congress and the Clinton administration quietly made sure that an even greater share of the tab for past savings-and-loan fiascoes would be picked up by taxpayers. The deed was done quickly with no hearings or...
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Sugar Beats Bop to Pop
The Sugar Beats record pop hits from the sixties and seventies on family-friendly CDs that have Kids--and their parents--singing along. Sherry Goffin Kondor grew tired of listening to the music her toddler enjoyed, so she formed her own record company...
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Symposium
Q: Will building more U.S. prisons take a bite out of crime? Yes: As prisons have filled, crime rates have fallen. Conclusion: Prison works, build more. BY MORGAN REYNOLDS Prisons have broken the back of our 35-year crime wave. It's about...
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The People vs. the Plover
No one wishes for any species to slip into extinction. But in Long Island's tony Hamptons, the delicate desires of a tiny bird are talking precedence over the rights of humans. Many are affected by the regulations of the Endangered Species Act,...
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Trent Lott's `Advance to the Rear' May Doom GOP Senate Majority
It's time for Sen. Trent Lott to resign. Rather than rally Republican senators behind a free-market, limited-government agenda, Lott of Mississippi has ducked fights, squandered opportunities and watched his majority shrink. With House Speaker Dennis...
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