Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 32, September 2

A Constant Thorn in Clinton's Side: Whether Investigating Bill Clinton's Skulduggery or the Effects of Lax Immigration Control, David Bossie and Citizens United Aim to Be Timely, Tough and Truthful. (Picture Profile)
David Bossie became president of the Washington-based conservative advocacy group Citizens United (CU) last October A decade earlier he had done much of the research on "Slick Willie," a hard-hitting 1992 campaign book on Bill Clinton written by...
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A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, Coincidence and conspiracy are interesting phenomena, especially in Washington and, upon closer scrutiny, no doubt elsewhere. What brings this to mind isn't the dark whir of prattle in the nation's capital or on the various world...
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Coast Guard Has New Mission: The Commandant Says the Coast Guard Is Up to the Task of Protecting America's 361 Ports and 95,000 Miles of Shoreline from Terrorists. (Homeland Defense)
Despite the challenges faced in securing America's ports and maritime trade infrastructure since Sept. 11, the U.S. Coast Guard is up to the task, Thomas H. Collins, the new commandant of the Coast Guard, said in a recent speech. "I want us to think...
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Consumers Turn to Trial Lawyers: Their Critics Liken Them to Parasites, but Others Say Trial Lawyers Are the Only Remaining Champions of Consumer Rights-Thanks to the Federal Government's Indifference. (Nation: Litigation)
Financial host Daria Dolan asked her guests on WOR in New York: "What is the most sued company in the U.S.?" Both guests replied immediately: "Ford." But they were wrong. The right answer? Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest employer. But the guests...
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Despite Opposition, Blair Quietly Prepares Britain for Iraq War. (News Alert!)
Despite public resistance to another war in Iraq, the British government quietly is preparing for a protracted conflict in the region, according to Middle Last Newsline defense sources in the Persian Gulf. They claim Britain is taking steps in cooperation...
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Dismissing the Dangers of Illegal Immigration. (Fair Comment)
The Wall Street Journal editorial page is a reliable beacon of truth and common sense--except when it conies to immigration. The open-borders zealotry of the newspaper's editorial writers has led to positively Clintonian rationalizations for undermining...
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DynCorp Still Taking the Moral Low Ground. (the Last Word)
Sometimes it seems there's little left to do except scratch your head in bewilderment. For INSIGHT, this is one of those times. A little more than a year ago, Kathryn Bolkovac brought a lawsuit against Virginia-based DynCorp, one of the federal...
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EU, United States Engaged in Trade Tussle. (Political Notebook)
Another month and another trans-Atlantic trade row--not that it has hit the radar screens of the media here yet. It a move that will further sour trans-Atlantic relations, central and eastern European countries applying to join the European Union...
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Grass Isn't Always Greener in This Weather. (Nation in Brief)
We're at the time of year when many home-owners look out at what they had hoped would be, maybe this once, a sea of green grass--only to survey a field of burnt brown. On top of that, many areas mandate water rationing during the hottest spells...
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House Expulsion of Traficant Is a Pot Calling a Kettle Black. (Fair Comment)
Who would have guessed that Rep. Jim Traficant (D-Ohio) would ever get his wish? Well, son of a gun! The U.S. House of Representatives finally beamed him up to a place where only one other man since the Civil War has gone before--out of Congress,...
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How Col. John Boyd Beat the Generals; He Was First to Codify Air-to-Air Combat Techniques, and His Ideas Now Have Become Standard Operating Procedure for Air Forces and Ground Combat Worldwide. (Nation: Heroism)
For nearly 40 years a group of Washington's best minds on defense issues has met each Wednesday at the end of the day for a midweek happy hour in the basement of the Officers Club at spacious Fort Myer in Virginia, overlooking the Potomac River...
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Is America at War? the Persistent Warnings of President George W. Bush That the United States Is in a Real War against Terrorism Have Lost Much of Their Impact as Both Well-Meaning Friends and His Political Adversaries Have Behaved as If the President's Top Priority Were Not to Win the War
A subterranean river of leaks has undermined the war on terrorism and subverted contingency plans for replacing the brutal regime in Iraq, according to U.S. intelligence sources. They warn that this is just the beginning of ongoing efforts, some...
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Justice Black's Bigotry Gets Misread as Jefferson's Belief: Scholars Challenge the Theory of Separation of Church and State as a Mid-20th Century Myth Concocted by Ideologues. (Constitutional Law)
New research on Thomas Jefferson's "wall of separation" between church and state shows that he never intended it to be the iron curtain of today, which instead was built on anti-Catholic legal views in the 1940s. Though the new scholarship has...
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Label the French Enraged: European Union Wants Food Labels Written in English. (Culture)
France and the European Union (EU) are on a collision course over whether French will continue to be acceptable for labeling food products sold elsewhere in Europe. European civil servants in Brussels, Belgium, recently ruled that labels "in...
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Labor Pains in Homeland Defense. (Washington's Week)
After decades of voicing strong opposition to the idea of testing for steroid use, the Major League Baseball Players Association has agreed to random testing of major-leaguers in 2003. The decision represented some positive movement toward renewed...
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Looting Russia's Free Market; as Communism Collapsed in the Former Soviet Union, U.S. Economic `Reformers,' Led by a Harvard University Clique, Took Free-Market Capitalism to a New Low. (World: Russian Economy)
Americans are becoming only too aware of the financial tricks and deceit in which some of the nation's largest and most respected corporations engaged during the Clinton administration to pump up stock prices with fraudulently inflated profits....
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Modifying Posse Comitatus Puts Americans in Danger. (Fair Comment)
It seems an odd first step. Why would the head of homeland security, Tom Ridge, recommend a repeal of the Posse Comitatus Act as a first measure toward fighting the war on terrorism? The act was approved by Congress on June 18, 1878. The measure...
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Quest for Oil Yields Ancient Crater: The Silverpit Impact Site May Give Scientists an Idea of What Happens When a Space Object Slams into the Earth. (Science)
Beneath the protective seabed of the southern North Sea off the British coast lies an enigmatic crater apparently created by it meteorite slamming into the Earth about the time the dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago, energy explorers have...
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Scandal as Olympic Sport: The Figure-Skating Controversy Is the Latest in a Long Line of Scams to Expose the Phoniness Behind the Olympic Ideal. (Sports Commentary)
The Olympic pinheads profess to be shocked by the news that reputed Russian crime boss Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov has been charged with fixing two figure-skating events at the Salt Lake City Winter Games. These are the same poor souls who will be...
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Some Say the Time Is Now to Privatize National Parks. (Nation in Brief)
Is it a trend, or just evidence of desperation brought on by budget woes? From New York City to San Francisco, at the local and state levels, the idea of privatizing parks has surfaced with substantial support. Privatization of national parks also...
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Students Brave Terrorism in Israel: Turmoil in the Middle East and State Department Travel Warnings Have Not Deterred Young American Students from Visiting the Holy Land for a One-of-a-Kind Learning Experience. (Youth)
On Aug. 2, the State Department renewed a special advisory warning U.S. citizens to defer travel to Israel, two days after a bomb attack in a cafeteria at Hebrew University in Jerusalem killed seven students, including three Americans. Yet the killings...
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Supporters of Meat Irradiation Cite Evidence from E. Coli Outbreak. (News Alert!)
In light of the recent contamination by deadly E. coli bacteria of 19 million pounds of ConAgra beef, which led to 20 people reporting resultant illness, a health panel organized by the American Council on Science (ACS) is urging consumers to demand...
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Symposium
Q: Is the NAACP too partisan an organization to maintain its federal tax-exempt status? YES: It's time the IRS investigated the NAACP for advancing a clearly partisan agenda. Nonprofit organizations such as churches and educational institutions...
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The Search for Osama Bin Laden: An Insight Reporter Joins the Hunt for Osama and Uncovers Startling Accounts of How the Wily Terrorist Mastermind and His Al-Qaeda Cohorts Avoided Capture. (Special Report)
Last Feb. 3 a CIA-operated Predator drone patrolling the skies over southeastern Afghanistan caught images of a tall, thin man with a beard getting into a four-wheel-drive vehicle as a large group of gunmen bowed to him. It was minutes before the...
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Wire-Service Tidbits Keep Us Informed and Amused. (for the People)
The news wire services are a veritable Niagara Falls of the bizarre, leaving the nation awash in wonderments of every kind. Here, from sundry sources, are wire stories that have seized the attention of for the people. Each seems to have something...
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