Insight on the News

Insight on the newspaper is a magazine specializing in General topics.

Articles from Vol. 13, No. 5, February 10

Antiabortion Crusader Refutes Liberal Stereotypes of Pro-Lifers
Mother, theologian, attorney and self-described `born-again Catholic,' Helen Alvare has become a national champion of the unborn by espousing the philosophy of Chesterton that everyone matters. Her somewhat unwieldy job title is "Planning and...
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Assisted Suicide Is Death Knell to Doctor Ethics
The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in two cases that could generate a constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide. Several justices seemed skeptical about the wisdom of creating such a right, and we all should hope that the court...
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Does Press Play Ethics Shell Game?
As in the McCarthy era, it's good to have a calm voice speaking reason. So where's our Joe Welch? As Newt Gingrich has fully submitted to peer review, accepted responsibility and was found guilty by the press of imaginary enormities that were...
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Free-Market Economic Miracles Mock Bank's 'Statist' Programs
In early December, Russia returned to the world capital markets for the first time since 1917, when the Bolsheviks renounced the debt of the czars and defaulted on their loans. Russians raised $1 billion from financiers on Wall Street and elsewhere...
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Frontier Justice - the New Morality
The popular culture in its many guises tells us much about ourselves, frequently offering the chicken-and-egg conundrum. Does it reflect who we believe ourselves to be, or does it push us around, manipulating minds and emotions in a certain and sometimes...
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Helms-Burton Act Up in Smoke?
Funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation. another group of present and former federal legislators has made a pilgrimage to communist Cuba in search of facts -- and rumor has it, to obtain some of those popular and prohibited stogies for which the...
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Managerial State Haunts Welfare of Democracy
For some months now conservative intellectuals have been debating whether an activist federal judiciary has subverted the moral foundations of the nation (see "GOP Philosopher-Kings Battle for Soul of the Party," Feb. 3). If one is to believe the...
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Now Playing Right Field
The most libertarian Republican returns to Capitol Hill with fresh ideas and an invigorated spirit. Pundits are proclaiming that the Republican revolution is over but, to newly elected Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, it hasn't even begun. Paul tells Insight...
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Over 8 Billion by Year 2025
The population bomb -- the epithet anxious demographers use to describe the worlds ever-rising birth rate -- continues to tick and likely will do so well into the next century. That's the ominous conclusion drawn by the Population Reference Bureau,...
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Q: Should Women Be Worries about the Glass Ceiling in the Workplace?
A decade ago it was the venerable bible of the business world, the Wall Street Journal, that introduced to the American public the term glass ceiling when its "Corporate Women" column identified a puzzling phenomenon. There seemed to be an invisible...
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Smoking out Clinton's Stand on Marijuana
Wonders never cease in Bill Clinton's White House. The first president to admit smoking marijuana has launched a war on the terminally ill and doctors who believe pot will ease their pain. Such physicians, who prescribe marijuana to AIDS and cancer...
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States Sanction Gay Weddings? If Hawaii Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage, Opponents Promise to Amend the State Constitution
Homosexual "marriage" promises to be a hot topic in at least 18 state legislatures this year -- especially Hawaii, where a state court appears on track to legalize same-sex unions. Legalizing homosexual marriage, however, "is far from a done deal,"...
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Student Conservatives Continue Yale Tradition
Conservative thinking may not be cool on campus, but b does have its own form in which to flourish For many high-school seniors, some big college decisions he just ahead. Those who are conservative, and their parents, increasingly are looking...
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This Cloud Had a Silver Lining: The Washington Opera Has Revived the Improbable Story of Horace and 'Baby' Tabor
No matter how hard he tried, luck always seemed to elude Horace Tabor, the central figure in a celebrated mining-town rags-to-riches saga. From before the Civil War to the boom times of the 1870s, Tabor prospected for gold and silver in the craggy...
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Washington's Land Legacy
On the shores of the Potomac River just 17 miles south of the nation's capital, stalks of golden wheat undulate in the breeze as if to beckon visitors to a simpler time. When he wasn't helping to create a new nation, George Washington oversaw his...
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Watergate Figures Fight Again in the Courtroom
Why did the Watergate plumbers break into the offices of the Democratic National Committee? Was John Dean responsible? And did the move involve a call-girl ring being run out of an office there? Richard Nixon is dead but Watergate still is playing...
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When Leaders Were Eloquent: Abe Lincoln Was an American Original - a Man of Compassion, Humor and Political Savvy
William Henry Seward, President Lincoln's secretary of state, confiscated all of the known photographs of the assassinated president lying in state, hoping to protect a distraught first lady Mary Todd Lincoln from slipping further into depression....
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White House Coffeepots Perked Up Big Money
Between spring 1994 and late summer 1996, more than $600,000 poured into Democratic war chests within weeks of at least 68 coffee klatches held at the White House. Indeed, the coffee drinkers gave $6.5 million. President Clinton's aides deny any direct...
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