Please update your browser

You're using a version of Internet Explorer that isn't supported by Questia.
To get a better experience, go to one of these sites and get the latest
version of your preferred browser:

Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 42, November 16

Acceptance of the Unacceptable
Social issues once thought beyond the pale -- such as abortion and euthanasia -- increasingly are being incorporated into the political mainstream and thus gaining acceptance. Call it a tale of two elections -- quite different on the surface, yet...
At 40, NASA Still Dreams
The space agency would put a man on Mars, but Congress is wary of such lofty goals. The word from the man who runs America's space program: "It's okay to dream again." NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin has charted an ambitious course for the next...
Certain STDs Reach Highs
Sexually transmitted diseases continue to spread among Americans, many of whom discount the risk of contracting one. A congressman who also is a doctor is sounding a shrill warning. Rep. Tom Coburn, one of the few practicing doctors in Congress,...
Classics Make Comeback
America's schools need to return to the great books, according to cultural critics who argue that 3,000 years of Western civilization need to be cherished, not forgotten. Schools around the country, from elementary grades to colleges, are focusing...
Clinton Robs Pensions to Pay for New Teachers
When President Clinton appeared in the Rose Garden after passage of the omnibus spending bill on Oct. 16, he was fairly bursting with pride. "We fought for, and won, vital new investments, especially for our children. By hiring 100,000 new teachers,...
Did Clinton Hire `Plumbers'?
In an eerie parallel to Watergate, a former adviser has testified that the Clinton White House assembled a team of private eyes to investigate `enemies' of the president. It will get him in far more trouble than the sex ever would. The "it" in question:...
From Firebrand Left to Pop-Culture Right
David Horowitz, a retired New Left radical and now active-duty conservative in darkest Hollywood, discusses with Insight what's good about the left and what's right about the right. By the mid-1960s, self-described "red-diaper" baby David Horowitz...
In the Clinton White House, What You Know Can Hurt You
The Wall Street Journal recently ran a scathing editorial about a violent attack by a group identified as Teamsters for Clinton on peaceful anti-Clinton demonstrators in Philadelphia. The editorial suggested a parallel between this Teamster assault...
Is Bigger Always Better?
Museums have become `addicted' to the blockbuster approach to art appreciation, say critics of megashows that `train' people to visit museums only when big exhibits come to town. Eric Phillips, dressed in scruffy T-shirt and jeans, looks like he...
Liberties, or Rights?
Conservatives have formed a new activist group, the American Civil Rights Union, `to look out for all civil rights ... rather than a defense of those based on a liberal political bias.' Former Attorney Gen. Edwin Meese III, Judge Robert Bork and...
Minding Manners on Capitol Hill
Congress seems to be a more civilized workplace these days, as evidenced by fewer harassment cases and, thanks to the 1995 legislation, greater privacy protection. America can sleep soundly, happy in the knowledge that at least one branch of government...
Porcine Brothers Empty the Trough
Democratic and Republican leaders are breathing mere easily after passing a heavily debated $520 billion spending bill. There were concessions on both sides. Glorious it wasn't, but then rear-guard actions seldom are. They tend to be scrappy and...
Recalling Dashing Days of ... -- ... Distress
The tap-tap-tap of Morse code is going silent at sea as satellite technology makes the system obsolete. Still, Morse could come in handy if the year-20000computer bug proves problematic. Vessels carrying more than 50 passengers long have been required...
Symposium
Q: Should Washington pay its assessed dues to the United Nations? Yes: Restore America's international credibility and its ability to pursue U.N. reforms. BY JOHN C. WHITEHEAD For all of the debate in recent years between the Clinton administration...
The Democrats' Double Standard
As a lifelong Democrat, I am saddened by the position being taken by my own party. I am especially concerned that President Clinton and his defenders are promulgating disinformation about Watergate, the law and the meaning of the phrase "high crimes...
The Do-Nothing Congress Wasn't
House and Senate Democrats accuse Republicans of investigating, not legislating. But the GOP now is fighting back and defending the record of the 105th Congress. America has seen the arrival and passage of Abba, Menudo and Vanilla Ice. It has experienced...
Those PC Clowns
A pair of authors says the key to challenging the politically correct mind-set that dominates college campuses is to expose the hypocrisy surrounding PC policies. The bad news from American higher education :is that the plague of the politically...
Tickle-Down Economics
Halloween, now a strong second to Christmas in holiday sales, is in full swing, but retail toy chains are fervently preparing for December. The frenzy surrounding Tickle Me Elmo, one of the decade's top-selling toys, was created not by its maker...
Too Much Time on Their Hands
Have you ever wondered why tortilla chips don't stay crisp longer or imagined yourself inventing a magnificent new mulch or genetically engineering the perfect blackberry? Do you lay awake at night wondering whether a wall of sunflowers also can serve...
We Are What We Eat -- and That Makes the United States Vulnerable
The National Consortium for Genomic Resources Management and Services, or GenCon, is a group of top-flight biologists, scientists, military experts and emergency-preparedness officials who wound up a conference in Washington by pointing out the extreme...
What Do We Want? Don't Ask Freud!
One of the bumper-sticker slogans of the sixties, mocking the power of shrinks in the psychological society then in full flower, was this one: "Support Mental Health or I'll Kill You" In those days, psychoanalysis still was in the money, supported...
Yeas & Nays
At the end of each text block is the vote breakdown along party lines. "D" denotes Democrats, "R" Republicans, "I" Independent. In the tables, boldface denotes Democrat, italic Republican. Y Voted for N Voted against F Favored but did not...