Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 25, July 15

A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, As H.L. Mencken observed, "Time is a great legalizer, even in the field of morals." What brings this to mind is something else the legendary scribe of scourge once said about growing older: "It doesn't seem to bring about as...
Altar Egos: The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Isn't about Predatory Priests, but It Has a Dark Side. (Film)
At turns benign and beguiling, dark and disturbing, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys might be described as a mediation on innocence and experience. Based on the novel by Chris Fuhrman about a group of teen-agers attending Catholic school in the...
A Rare Case of Regulatory Restraint. (Waste & Abuse)
In what well could be a first, a leading government agency with responsibility for public safety has recommended against--you read it right: against--heaping yet another safety mandate on the mountain of regulations already in place to ensure that...
Big Food Fight: When Big Tobacco Was Taken Down by a Rash of Lawsuits, Consumers Were Assured That Other `Bad' Products Wouldn't Be Targeted. but the Fast-Food Industry Appears to Be Next. (Cover Story)
It was 1997, and the tobacco companies were on the ropes. Facing a rash of lawsuits from state attorneys general seeking billions of dollars in reimbursement for what they claimed were the Medicaid costs of smoking-related diseases, the companies...
Can White-Wine Drinkers Breathe Easier? (Health)
White wine has joined the ranks of alcoholic beverages touted for their health benefits. Researchers at State University of New York (SUNY)-Buffalo have found that white-wine drinkers have better lung function than those who stick to red wine. ...
Clinton Connection Causes Quandary: Clinton-Administration Alumni Vying for Public Office Must Decide Whether the Smart Move Is to Embrace or to Run Away from Their Past Ties to the Former President. (Nation: Political Races)
They're baaack! It's not surprising that alumni of the Clinton administration are jousting to return to public life, pining for the power and prestige they once enjoyed in the White House. What is surprising--and of growing interest to the 2004...
Commencement Speakers Parrot Liberal PC Orthodoxy. (Fair Comment)
As the graduation season draws to a close it is clear that, despite the massacres of Sept. 11, many colleges are more determined than ever before to send graduates into the world with divisive and politicized ceremonies, eschewing the themes of...
Disheartening Prognosis: Although Heart Attacks Are Decreasing, Deaths from Heart Failure Are Increasing. (Health)
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is one of the major causes of illness and disability in the United States and is the leading cause of hospitalization in people older than 65, according to the 1999 Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide. The condition...
Down on the Farm, the Rich Get Richer: Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Federal Farm Subsidies Go to City and State Governments, While Many Small Farmers and Ranchers Who Apply to the Program Get Nothing. (Business)
During the last six years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) doled out crop subsidies to 413 local governments, 44 state universities and 14 state prison systems. "This in the long haul is undermining our free-market system," says Rep. Ed...
Fans Stay Home, Switch Channels: America's Sports Industry Is in a Funk. after a Decade of Strong Growth, Leagues, Franchises and Networks Are Facing a New Reality as TV Ratings Fall and Attendance Drops. (Sports)
Ed Goren knows the paradox all too well. Last year, Fox Sports aired the most-watched baseball game in 10 years, posted the best national ratings of any network televising National Football League (NFL) games and registered the largest TV audience...
Federal Prosecutors Slow to Push Terror Cases. (Nation in Brief)
While referrals for prosecution on charges of international or domestic terrorism are at an all-time high, federal prosecutors are turning down roughly half of the cases forwarded by the FBI and other federal law-enforcement agencies. These figures,...
Gem Dealers Face War-on-Terror Backlash. (Nation in Brief)
The gemstone tanzanite may not be a rival to diamonds, emeralds and rubies, but it is a lovely blue-to-purplish jewel quite popular in the United States. In sparkling combination with a variety of gold and silver settings, it holds a prominent niche...
Gilmore Weighs in on Bush Homeland-Security Agency. (News Alert!)
Former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore tells news alert! that President George W. Bush is showing "bold and decisive leadership" in proposing a new Cabinet-level department for homeland security, but he cautions that it will be a huge "management...
Health-Care Debates Heat Up. (Washington's Week)
With less than 140 days remaining before Election Day 2002, congressional Republicans and Democrats pushed legislation and pulled no punches in trying to control the small acre of land that separates the two parties in Congress. While conservative...
Immigration Surges in U.S.: The Growth Rate of the Foreign-Born Population Is at Its Highest in 150 Years. (Trends)
The United States is accepting immigrants at a faster rate than at any other time since the 1850s, according to Census 2000 figures released in June. The 31.3 million foreign-born residents represent 11.3 million more than in the 1990 census--a...
Is Door to EU Closing? (Trends)
The increasingly potent anti-immigration movement in Western Europe has thrown a kink into plans to expand the European Union (EU) to include Central and Eastern European nations. EU leaders from many of the applicant countries are worried that...
Keep an Eye on Who Gets Your Number: The Social Security Number Has Become the National Identification Code-One Fraught with Security Loopholes and Serious Implications for Privacy Rights. (Nation: Identity Theft)
U.S. attorneys in Oregon and that state's regional Social Security Administration announced the sentencing of Juventino Lira-Carmona, a Mexican national who had assumed the identity of a deceased American and used the decedent's Social Security...
Kids Held Captive in Saudi Arabia: Mothers Plead for Help from the U.S. State Department, Which Handles Saudi Arabia with Kid Gloves Instead of Securing the Release of Almost 100 Kidnapped Children. (Nation: International Kidnappings)
After a recent emotionally charged congressional hearing Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, vowed to persuade President George W. Bush to take action against Saudi Arabian kidnappers who have held U.S. children...
Making a Federal Case out of a Political Office Politics. (Waste & Abuse)
That the Clinton gang lacked the class, maturity and sense of decorum necessary to occupy the White House was suspected from the very beginning of that administration. It was, some said, like turning the most sacred and symbolic of U.S. institutions...
Marriages March on to Different Drummers. (the Last Word)
The bride wore green. The shimmering silk contrasted with the dark red fur worn by the maid of honor, who was a golden retriever with a white chiffon scarf tied around her collar. A quiet jazz piano played as the bride and groom walked before the...
Polemicist Works as a Reporter: Outspoken British Journalist Robert Fisk Reports on the Crisis in the Middle East from the Victim's Point of View-Even When He Is a Victim Himself. (Nation: Middle East Media Coverage)
Osama bin Laden asked for him before the Sept. 11 attacks began. Actor John Malkovich reportedly said he'd like to shoot him. Afghan refugees in Pakistan pummeled him with rocks and bricks, sending rivulets of blood into his eyes. The late Daniel...
Rumsfeld Demands China Reciprocity: As Beijing Builds Forces for Attacks against Taiwan, the Pentagon Sends Peter Rodman to Talk Sense to the Hard-Line Maoists of the People's Liberation Army. (Special Report)
Military ties between the United States and the People's Republic of China (PRC) came screeching to a halt in April 2001 when the Chinese air force attacked a U.S. Navy EP-3E surveillance aircraft in international airspace and forced it to land...
Supplying Terrorists the `Oxygen of Publicity'. (Political Notebook)
Combating terrorism is a desperate undertaking for any democratic government. Fight with merely military might and the struggle can be lost--as the Reagan administration belatedly learned in Central America in the 1980s and the Russians have found...
Symposium
Q: Has the White House ignored human rights in the name of national security? Yes: The administration has given itself and its coalition partners a `pass' on human-rights violations. By WILLIAM F. SCHULZ Schulz is executive director of Amnesty...
The World through a Master's Lens: Sarah Greenough Hopes a New Exhibit Will Introduce the Public to the Extraordinarily Wide Influence That Alfred Stieglitz Had on American Art and Photography. (Picture Profile)
Personal Bio Alfred Stieglitz: Self-portrait, likely taken in 1911. Sarah Greenough: Curator of photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Curator of current Stieglitz exhibition at the National Gallery and author of Alfred Stieglitz:...
Unlike Clinton, Bush Is Meeting the Threat of Terrorism. (Fair Comment)
Like three blind mice, House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.), Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Democratic political strategist James Carville are running around saying they want their eyes opened as to what's going on in this country...
War on Terror Is a War for Democratic Ideals. (Fair Comment)
When questioned about Britain's alliance with Soviet Russia against Nazi Germany, Winston Churchill is reported to have said, "If Hitler invaded hell, I'd find something nice to say about the devil." At the start of our war on terror, for solid...