Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 16, No. 10, March 13

A Global Graying
Senior citizens will need to be competitive and creative if the industrial world is to offset its low fertility rates and longer life spans. In the world's richest countries -- where fertility rates have been declining steadily and baby boomers...
And Malice to All: Episcopal Bishop's Parting Shots
He is America's most media-savvy bishop, and he finally has retired. John Shelby Spong of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, N.J., became a fixture on the Phil Donahue and Oprah Winfrey shows during the 1980s and, more recently, gravitated toward Larry...
Beware McCain's Bid for Reagan's Mantle
When Republicans such as Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon promoted higher taxes and more regulations, they damaged the economy and the Republican Party. This is the Eastern liberal establishment's mold for governing, i.e., an energetic and powerful...
Bush vs. McCain Tests Toughness
Bush and McCain fight it out with hard-hitting ads, while union leaders and Democratic activists plan the defeat of the GOP and Republican leaders in Congress advance their agenda. As part of its Vanishing Voter Project, the Joan Shorenstein Center...
Correspondence
Damn Yankees Need to Get Facts Straight! Your magazine made a mistake in "To Arms, Al! Yonder Come the Somalians" [washington in brief, Feb. 14]. The Confederate battle flag, originally the flag of the Northern Virginia army, is the diagonally striped...
Does Congress Get What It Deserves?
Cengressmen earn six-figure salaries and enjoy perks constituents can only dream about. But do Americans believe the compensation is fair for the demands of the job? When was your last raise? Members of Congress thank you for theirs; you were most...
Is Voter Crossover 1952, Deja Vu?
Political party-switching played a big role 40 years ago in Eisenhower's victory over Taft. Is history being repeated in McCain's unexpected recent success over George W. Bush? It must have been a very impressive sight. On opening day -- Sunday,...
McCain Plays Both Sides
Critics say John McCain is disingenuous about campaign-finance reform, citing large sums that he took from crooked financier Charles Keating and from other special interests. In January 1991 Sen. John McCain told the Senate Ethics Committee that...
McCain's Senior Team
McCain's team of foreign-policy advisers may be experienced, but some have a history of plying their trade for personal financial gain overseas. What do you think entitles you to ask such an insulting question?" It was an indignant former secretary...
Media Plays the Faith Card at the GOP's Expense
What's the quickest way for a candidate to make a national reporter squirm? Bring up religion. Texas Republican Gov. George W. Bush's decision in a December debate to name Jesus Christ as the philosopher with the most impact on him gave reporters the...
Pressure to Be Perfect
The media trumpets a growing trend in teen cosmetic surgery, and the Internet offers hundreds of sites promising quick fixes for physical flaws. Are adolescents really nipping and tucking? Less than 3 percent of the nearly 2 million Americans who...
Profiting from Pay Phones
The pay-phone industry is looking to provide an alternative to increasingly popular cell phones by putting wireless units in buses, taxis and anywhere else people talk on the move. Say goodbye to the traditional pay phone. The coin-operated convenience...
Roaring Twenties Redux
Debt among stock investors has soared as traders attempt to maximize their gains in a go-go market. Regulators are contemplating tighter lending rules, especially for day traders. Americans borrowed 62 percent more last year than in 1998 to buy...
Running NASA into the Ground
Budget cuts, mistakes and poor management decisions have cost NASA's space program dearly. Will the agency be able to turn itself around and fly high once again? The mission was supposed to solve one of the oldest questions of the universe: Are...
Russians Keep Eye on U.S. Election
Pundits in and out of the Kremlin have an interest in who succeeds Bill Clinton. Their favorite candidate is Al Gore, whose central role in U.S.-Russia policy is embarrassing. Vice President Al Gore hardly is likely to advertise the fact to primary...
Symposium
Q: Should states be able to opt out of future minimum-wage raises? Yes: Flexibility will keep welfare reform alive and help those most in need. The question of raising the national minimum wage is different from any past debate for one important...
The Hypocritical Rocker Posse
Some individuals are difficult to agree with, even when you want to do so. Alan M. Dershowitz, for one. Doubt is utterly foreign to the Harvard University law professor who takes passage aboard every vessel of opinion. His certitudes inspire the reaction...
Timberg Appreciates McCain's True Grit
Robert Timberg has written two books in the last five years about John McCain, dispelling myths about the GOP presidential hopeful and highlighting the character of an American hero. As Sen. John McCain's political fortunes rose during the early...
Waging War on Widening Waistlines
The government has started a campaign to make Americans slim -- but some don't want Washington `auditing' their meals and dictating their diets. Uncle Sam, who started a fierce war on hunger in the 1960s, is now fighting an even tougher war on obesity....
Waste & Abuse
Republicans Stake Renewed Claim to Waste Agenda Just in time for a presidential-election year, and with majority control of the House of Representatives hanging in the balance, Republicans have gone rummaging through the attic in search of an agenda....
Whistle-Blower Stuns White House
A former White House staffer confirms Insight revelations that 4,000 e-mails dealing with Filegate, Chinagate and Monica Lewinsky have been hidden by the Clinton administration. Sheryl L. Hall is the former manager of computer operations in the...
White House Lost and Found: E-Mails and Phone Logs
The Insight story about the "lost" White House e-mails has resurfaced in the news. Now, congressional and federal investigators are hot on the trail of an estimated 100,000 electronic notes, but those same sleuths ought to be looking for the thousands...
Xtremely Risky Business
Hopeful investors have sunk `south of $100 million' on the XFL, pro wrestling's new football league, but seine analysts doubt that their greenbacks w!11 score a big return. When the World Wrestling Federation, or WWF, recently announced plans to...