Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 17, No. 5, February 5

107th Congress Features More Women
There are record numbers of women in both houses of Congress: 13 in the Senate and 59 in the House. More women now are in national elected office and in state gubernatorial offices than ever before, but their numbers have fallen slightly in state legislatures...
A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, So much for bipartisanship among Democrats. Case in point: Bill Clinton swipes at George W. Bush, and the assorted band of malcontents in the Senate and the Black Caucus in the House join the gang bang. The country doesn't like...
All-American Inventions That Have Failed to See the Light
One of this column's Favorite lists in Stephen J. Spigncsi's The U.S.A. Book of Lists, which prides itself on being the ultimate compendium of all things American" and names and describes several "Strange Patented American inventions." If you think...
Blacks and Latinos: The Next Racial Divide
A Policeman stops a young minority male on the streets of Los Angeles. An altercation ensues, and the officer beats him. The incident is captured on videotape by an observer. After a trial, the policeman walks away with the equivalent of a slap on...
Bush Needs Appointees with Vision and Conviction
One of the reasons Republicans govern less successfully than Democrats is that conviction is rarer among Republicans. Under fierce intellectual attack since the days of Calvin Coolidge (the 1920s), Republicans have been made unsure of their ideas --...
Bush Should Sell His Policy Agenda Directly to Rank-and-File Blacks
George W. Bush doesn't owe a damn thing to the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the black left. Seen this way, the president-elect's 9 percent share of the black vote last November is not a problem but an opportunity. Bush should bypass Jackson, the Rev. Al...
Bush Transition Is a Delicate Balancing Act
Reading Washington can be like reading tea leaves, especially during a presidential transition. And it isn't always the fault of journalists when they get it wrong. The sources sometimes are playing their own games -- flicking the leaves around for...
Clinton Finalizez His Legacy
Before leaving office, the president issues several executive orders imposing a host of new regulations and landgrabs, as Democrats wage a smear campaign against Bush nominees. Several months after he was elected America's 42nd president, Bill Clinton...
Correspondence
PROMIS Investigative Series Looks Very Promising Indeed I just finished reading Kelly Patricia O'Meara's first of four articles about the PROMIS software and the Canadians' covert investigation into this matter ["Nothing Is Secret" Jan. 29]. While...
FBI Releases File on Insight
This magazine files a FOIA request with the FBI to discover whether Insight reporters have been under investigation for reporting about sensitive, national-security issues. Six months ago Insight filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request...
G. Gordon Liddy Heads Back to Court
G. Gordon Liddy has been saying for years he wants the truth to come out about Watergate. He just might get his wish -- or at least an opportunity to speak his version of the truth. Liddy is headed back to court again -- this time not as a Watergate...
Harmon Details Terrorism Today
Christopher Harmon teaches the art of war against terrorism at the Marine Corps University, and his latest book on the subject surveys the big picture. At the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Va., Christopher Harmon teaches courses on the great...
Hierarchy of Hip Kitsch
Yes, there are these who will pay $875 for an old plastic candy container. Kovols' collectibles guide estimates prices for a dizzying array of stuff, from Pez dispensers to political buttons. In chaos, seek Pez -- Pez dispensers, that is. When the...
`Mother of All Snakeheads'
A Chinese woman who U.S. authorities say led a highly profitable illegal-alien smuggling ring soon may be extradited from China to face trial in a U.S. law court. Cheng Chui-ping may look like a housewife from a rural Chinese village, but the fact...
New Chairmen Take Helm on Hill
In elections every bit as charged as the presidential race, House Republicans chose their committee chairmen for the 107th Congress. Here are the winners -- and losers. Term limits have shaken up the House of Representatives, where a 1994 law prohibiting...
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Professional athletes are paid multimillion-dollar salaries, but they hardly need them with all the perks that come with the sporting life. Like paying taxes and the right to a recount, it's one of the fundamental axioms of modern life: Most people...
Symposium
Q: Are Internet filters needed on computers in public libraries and schools? Yes: It's time for libraries to listen to the concerns of their local communities. How would you feel if your 11-year-old son went down to the public library and checked...
The Absurdity of Black Reparations
Reparations to American blacks for slavery has been a quirky notion for years. It has been viewed as the hobbyhorse of the racialist industry, the grievance hustlers and white liberals soggy with guilt. But reparations had been stalled on the far fringe...
The Bush Team
Who are they? George W. Bush has made his list of Cabinet nominees and checked it twice. Here is a closer look at all the new president's men and women. The term "cabinet" as a body of official advisers originally was used to describe a committee...
The Plot Thickens in PROMIS Affair
In the second of a four-part series, Insight investigates the relationships between a convicted felon, a prominent U.S. security firm, government officials and mobsters. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers Sean McDade and Randy Buffam...
The Proof Is on the Plate
Small changes in diet and exercise yield results as well as reduce backsliding. It's the same every year: the resolution to eat no more sugar, carbohydrates or fat; the vow to exercise four, five, even seven times a week. But by spring, the treadmill...
Uncle Sam's Greatest Hits (Don't Mind the Misses)
The Brookings Institution is one of Washington's more venerable think tanks; venerated, no doubt, for holding to a stolidly left-of-center tack that appeals to the like-minded media, applying the best scholarship available in support of the status...
Unusual Causes and Consequences of Lack of Sleep
Curious about sleep? Ikea, the home-furnishings retailer, recently conducted a survey of American sleeping habits. The survey queried 624 consumers at random to find out why it is that some folks do it well and others don't. Perhaps a spat has something...
Whiskey a Washington
Historians at Mount Vernon are re-creating George Washington's distillery, one of the first president's more profitable ventures. First in war, first in peace and first in recognizing that, after building a new nation, his countrymen might like...
Wolfe in Sheep's Clothing
Tom Wolfe's latest offering -- a collection of essays that includes a short story -- is entertaining, but it lacks his usual bite, in part because the author is hunting familiar prey. Few contemporary writers have inspired more cocktail chatter...
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