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Articles from Vol. 277, No. 20, December 15

Adam and Steve-Together at Last
Will someone please explain to me how permitting gays and lesbians to marry threatens the institution of marriage? Now that the Massachusetts Supreme Court has declared gay marriage a constitutional right, opponents really have to get their arguments...
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Clark's True Colors
You can see something in the eyes of most all the Democratic candidates: the pugnacity of Howard Dean, the idealism of Dennis Kucinich, even (surprisingly) the elaborate sense of humor just under the surface of Joe Lieberman. Not Wesley Clark. His...
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Dershowitz Redux
Cambridge, Mass. * Alexander Cockburn realizes that, as one columnist characterized him, "as an accuser, Joe McCarthy was more responsible." So he has invoked a purported neutral academic expert to lend credence to his preposterous plagiarism charge...
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Discipline and Punish: Zero Tolerance Policies Have Created a 'Lockdown Environment' in Schools
Bryson Donaldson, 12, was horsing around at his Muskogee, Oklahoma, school one morning last fall, mimicking the cops-and-robbers scenario that is as American as apple pie and Al Pacino. Bryson pointed his finger like a gun at a classmate and in a flash...
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Fiasco in Miami
It was as though US and Brazilian trade negotiators feared that if they spent one more minute in Miami, the fragile image of harmony they have struggled to project would shatter into a million pieces. Thus the thirty-four trade ministers gathered here...
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Killing Medicare
The Medicare "reform" legislation just passed by Congress sends the program on a path to destruction. Crafted in the heady days of the Great Society, Medicare has worked reasonably well for almost four decades for seniors and disabled Americans, many...
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No Pig Left Behind
The corruptions of Washington are hidden in plain sight. It's no secret that there's a pay-to-play ethos that links legislators, contributors and lobbyists, and results in legislation more attuned to corporate interests than the public's. This, unfortunately,...
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Second Comings
21 GRAMS * MASTER AND COMMANDER To the fleet of symbolic vehicles currently cruising the screen--their number includes the "Pussy Wagon" that Uma Thurman (in Kill Bill) coldly claims as her own--we may now add Benicio Del Toro's pickup in 21 Grams....
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The Bubble
London The explosions in Istanbul during George W. Bush's state visit to Britain lit up the enormous gulf between the officials sealed in their security bubble and the mass of protesters who filled London's streets for the fifth time in a year--a...
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The Century of the 'Son of a Bitch'
Errol Morris: After you left the Johnson Administration, why didn't you speak out against the Vietnam War? Robert McNamara: I'm not going to say any more than I have. These are the kinds of questions that get me in trouble.... A lot of people misunderstand...
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Why I'm for Dean
First, the rivals saw him as a McGovernite lefty from the 1960s. When that didn't take, they decided to depict him as a right-wing clone of Newt Gingrich who wants to dismantle Medicare and Social Security. Finally, opponents sold political reporters...
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