Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 27, July 29

Activist Judges Rewrite Laws with Judicial Sleights of Hand. (Fair Comment)
Now that the ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals--which deemed the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because it includes the phrase "under God"--has been protested all over the land, perhaps we might step back and consider the broader...
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A Letter from the Editor. (Correspondence)
Dear Readers, One of the jobs of a news organization is to follow up on what happened to a story. This gives context to "old news" and often helps us understand news of the immediate moment. What brings this to mind are stories inside by INSIGHT'S...
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A President's Faith Is a Political Issue. (Religion)
Just getting a president to church--especially under wartime security conditions--can be a small military operation. Scores of policemen, dozens of White House personnel and support staff, Secret Service agents and members of the press make up the...
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Arguing the Case of Personal Responsibility V. Fast Food. (Correspondence)
"Big Food Fight" [July 15] was a great article. I can only summarize by saying that our nation is turning away from holding individuals accountable for their irresponsible behavior. My father died of lung cancer after 30 years of smoking. I have...
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Bargain Boom: The Nation's 76 Million Baby Boomers Are Becoming Eligible for AARP Offers. (Life)
Americans born between 1946 and 1964 are one of the country's largest demographic groups, making up 26 percent of the population. The heart of the baby-boomer generation, those aged 45 to 54, have a median income of $56,917, according to 1999 figures...
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Conduct Unbecoming: Baseball's Code of Conduct Is Blurring as Rookies Become More Brazen and Veterans Break from Traditions. (Sports)
New York Mets outfielder Joe McEwing didn't have it easy during his first full season in the big leagues. Not for the first six weeks, anyway. "I had to get Eric Davis coffee every day when he walked into the clubhouse" recalls McEwing, who came...
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Congress Ponders `Federal Zoning Act': Critics of the Community Character Act Say Its Passage Would Lead to Federal Infringement on the Rights of State and Local Governments to Manage Growth on Their Own. (Nation: Land-Use Policy)
The $250 million proposal known benignly as the Community Character Act is small potatoes to Congress as five-year appropriations go. But it is huge in terms of shaping what this country will look like in the future. Called HR 1433 in the House...
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Crusaders or Opportunists? Lawyers on Both Sides of the Catholic Church Scandal Involving Child Sexual Abuse by Clergy Explain Why They Are Vigorously Prosecuting-Or Defending-The Church. (Nation: Child Abuse)
If ever there was justification for unleashing the law's hounds of hell, complicity in harming a child is it. Few are sympathizing with the church hierarchy who looked the other way from the pedophilia and pederasty in their midst. But it is the...
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Democrat Rising Son: Sen. John Edwards Is the Most Talked about Candidate for the Democratic Presidential Ticket in 2004. Should Republicans Be Worried about This Charismatic Southerner?
"Sure, I've thought about it." That's as far as first-term North Carolina Sen. John Edwards goes when asked if he's seeking the Democratic nomination for president. Even with his famous trial-lawyer gift for occasional humorous understatement, no...
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Even the Kitchen Sink; the Smithsonian Is Cooking Up a Savory Display of One of America's Culinary Stars. (History)
Joe Criste and Rob Barrett have made a mess in Julia Child's kitchen. The two exhibit specialists at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History have torn apart--very delicately--the 89-year-old chef's famous kitchen at her old house in...
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Forest Service Chief Details His Agency's `Analysis Paralysis'. (Interior)
U.S. national forests are aflame in what already is shaping up to be one of the most hellacious summer wildfire seasons in memory. But the only federal agency that can do anything about it can't do anything about it, according to the man in charge....
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High-Tech Transfers to China Continue; on the Bush Administration's Watch, Highly Sensitive U.S. Technology Still Is Being Exported to the People's Republic, Where It Is Being Used to Build Better Weapons. (Special Report)
The Bush administration has been "as bad, if not worse" than the Clinton administration when it comes to the transfer of sensitive technologies to the People's Republic of China (PRC), claims Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a nonpartisan...
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Lessons Learned from Vietnam; to Battle Terrorism Successfully, Military Historian Earl H. Tilford Says, the United States Must Be Willing to Rethink Its Cold War Mind-Set and Military Structure. (Picture Profile)
Earl H. Tilford is a military historian who has published books on the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars as well as more than 50 articles on military history and themes. He also has been director of research and senior research professor at the Strategic...
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Limiting Animal Research Would Be Cruelty to Humans. (Fair Comment)
Animal research has played a vital role in virtually every major medical advance of the last century, for both human and animal health. From antibiotics to blood transfusions, from dialysis to organ transplantation, from vaccinations to chemotherapy,...
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Making Sure the Punishment Fits the Crime. (Political Notebook)
Criminal charges "may be too good for the people who brought about this mess," Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) boss Harvey Pitt thundered on NBC the weekend after communications giant WorldCom issued a stunning restatement of earnings and...
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New Day Dawns for Air Security. (Nation: Airline Safety)
At this time last year, many airport screeners were unable to speak or read English, pilots were unarmed and only random pieces of luggage were screened for explosives. Then on Sept. 11, commercial airliners were used as missiles to kill 2,830 in...
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New Military Motto: `Unified' We Stand. (Nation in Brief)
The war on terror has created major changes in how the nation is governed and defended. Those changes (at least those made public) first appear as lofty pronouncements and then slowly make their way into reality. President George W. Bush and...
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Progress Marches Forward with Cooler Sheep and Hotter Dummies. (for the People)
This magazine generally favors progress, especially when it means a new and easier way of doing something that once was a truly arduous and tedious task. Few things recently have so impressed for the people as a new development from Australia, which...
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Radical Islamist Group Hands out Honors. (News Alert!)
What do Reps. David Bonior (D-Mich.) Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.), Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) have in common? The answer: All four were listed on the official Website of the American Muslim Council (AMC) as "awardees" at its...
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Return of the `Audits from Hell': IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti Once Pledged to Champion Taxpayer Rights, but Instead Americans Find Themselves Facing the Resurrection of Random Audits. (Nation: The IRS)
When he was confirmed in 1997 as President Bill Clinton's second commissioner of the IRS, Charles Rossotti promised a new agency that would emphasize service and uphold taxpayer rights. Speaking to the Senate Finance Committee right after it had...
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Seeking New Light on TWA Flight 800; Six Years after the Jetliner Exploded in Midair, a Group of Independent Investigators Has New Evidence and Is Petitioning the Government to Reopen the Investigation. (Nation: Airline Safety)
The deadliest U.S. airline disaster prior to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon was the July 17, 1996, midair explosion that destroyed TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island, N.Y. Six years later, while the official...
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Strange Bedfellows Joining Opposition to the War on Terror. (Fair Comment)
In the war against terrorism, just whose side is big business on? Surprisingly, perhaps, big business' Washington mouthpieces--including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the National Restaurant Association--increasingly...
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Symposium
Q: Are the media guilty of anti-Catholic bias in covering the church sex scandals? YES: Stereotyping, a lack of depth and political correctness are all too prevalent. BY MICHAEL SCHWARTZ Schwartz is the author of The Persistent Prejudice:...
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The Freedom of School Choice. (Washington's Week)
The celebration of Independence Day took on new meaning this year in the horrific light of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 as public celebrations were surrounded with stepped-up security and red-level alerts. As each day pushes Americans further...
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The Sludge Report. (News Alert!)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has held critics at bay by demanding peer-reviewed, independent science to support any change in the policy of using processed human sewage on agricultural fields. Now it appears the boot is on the other...
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Trading Places: Supreme Court Justices Diverged from Old Alliances in Recent Decisions. (Law)
This term, the U.S. Supreme Court revamped death row, revolutionized school policies and expanded state rights, but 15 decisions that might have been expected to be decided 5-4 came in at 6-3, as the usual alliances subtly shifted. The most stable...
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Turning Schools into No-Testosterone Zones. (the Last Word)
A front-page story recently reported that male college graduates are on their way to becoming an endangered species, so to speak. "At colleges and universities across the United States, the proportion of bachelor's degrees awarded to women reached...
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`Under God' under Assault: A Scottish Cleric Inspired Congress to Add What Now Is a Controversial Phrase to Our Nation's Pledge of Allegiance. (Religion)
The minister whose 1954 sermon helped put "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance believes its elimination would amount to "the god of big money defeating" monotheistic faith. According to the Rev. George Docherty, 91, former pastor at the New York...
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