Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 17, No. 28, July 30

Action Figures Are Fitting Legacy for Clinton's Cartoon Presidency
Finally -- after almost nine years, an idea from the Clintonistas behind which I can really rally. According to the American Spectator Online's (ASO's) "Washington Prowler" while Bill Clinton was in Los Angeles recently, he met with Haim Saban. Saban...
A Financial Fiasco Is in the Making
An alleged slush fund for the Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Association may be the tip of an iceberg of misappropriation of government money in Los Angeles County. "Put your concerns in writing and mail them to me." Click; the line goes dead....
A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, Here's a trick question we recently posed to a group of budding newsmen: What is the difference between an investigative reporter and a so-called run-of-the-mill reporter? As you ponder this riddle, also consider the essential job...
Bush Energy Policy: Tilting at Windmills
Bring on more blackouts and budget-busting energy prices! Americans apparently will not stir from their full-bellied slumbers and there will be no credible national energy policy until things get worse -- probably much worse -- and even greater power-related...
Butterflies for the Bride
Imagine: As giddy bride and groom pronounce their vows, the wedding guests loose live butterflies to mark the moment. Yes, along with bubble-blowing and cakes shaped like skyscrapers, fluttering lepidoptera are the newest accessory for the well-wedded....
Dog Gone
Vets and dog lovers are urging that more public attention be focused on aggressive dogs, which often attack children. Dogs may be man's best friends, but increasingly they are becoming a menace to children and the elderly. "Last year 4.7 million...
Endangered Species
In the world of professional sports, animal nicknames are going the way of the dodo. Five weeks into the inaugural season of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), the most remarkable thing about the startup league isn't the level of talent...
European Economy Follows U.S. into Downturn
The swagger is disappearing quickly. For most of the year the Europeans felt superior -- their collective economy was doing better than America's, and they pooh-poohed warnings from U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and the International Monetary...
HUD Gives Up with Fitts
Following an Insight story exposing a possible political vendetta, HUD dropped its five-year investigation of Hamilton Securities, finding no evidence of wrongdoing. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has closed with prejudice...
Jackson's Actions: Betrayal of Trust
Many of those slightly to the right on the political spectrum are convinced that liberal judges are a threat to individual freedom and economic liberty. Those on the left express astonishment at this assertion (some of the reaction may even be genuine)....
Laundry Logos Go Down the Drain
Triangles, squares and circles -- symbols that were supposed to replace written instructions on laundry labels attached to clothing -- have failed to catch on four years after approval by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). "I have no idea why," sighs...
Levy Leaves Few Clues Behind
While the mass media focused on Rep. Gary Condit in the disappearance of Chandra Levy, neighborhood residents thought it was another instance of random street crime. Not since Monica Lewinsky has there been a more famous intern than Chandra Levy....
Media' Miss Point about Stem Cells
Media coverage of the potential of embryonic stem cells in the treatment of disease ignores the fact that there is no way of knowing whether such therapies can be developed. "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV" is a famous pitch once used to...
One by One
More singles are opting out of marriage, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Mary Cumbey, a 49-year-old administrator and private-school director at Abundant Life Cathedral in Houston, lives alone. After a full day of work, she is in...
Original Vision of Government
As the economy continued to sputter, the president spoke at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth about the need to keep taxes reasonable and government regulation limited. For many Americans the national holiday that opened this month,...
Postal Service OIG Reports Security Breaches
Since Insight first reported on the U.S. Postal Service's customer-surveillance program "Under the Eagle's Eye," in which postal clerks are trained that "it's better to report 10 legal transactions than to let one illegal transaction get by" (see "Postal...
Reaching Out
Looking ahead to the 2004 presidential election, Republicans know they must convince Americans of all backgrounds that they are precious in the GOP's sight. With the June round of polling showing President George W. Bush's approval ratings falling...
Symposium
Q: Should the Navy abandon its bombing range in Puerto Rico? Yes: End the U.S. Navy's outdated and unnecessary training on the island of Vieques. President George W. Bush recently acknowledged that the people of Vieques have been hurt and that...
Tax Collector for the World
Thanks to a Bill Clinton `midnight regulation,' U.S. banks may may have to report financial data about their foreign depositors to countries such as Russia and even China. During the last month of his administration, Bill Clinton worked desperately...
Teen Pregnancy Rate Reaches Record Low
Federal researchers are crediting sexual abstinence and increased contraception use as the main reasons for the recent declines in teen pregnancy, abortion and birthrates. The teen-pregnancy rate fell to a record low in 1997, reflecting a slide...
Teens Really Need `Best Friends'
Using no federal funding, an `abstinence only' program called `Best Friends' provides teens with moral support and the facts on the real consequences of premarital sex. Penn State University Freshman Lesley Long knew what to tell the young man who...
Tory Party's Lackluster Showing Should Send Signal to Republicans
Is Britain's Conservative Party finished for good? Does its second consecutive parliamentary defeat at the hands of Tony Blair's Labor Party mean that the Conservative Party is doomed to lasting irrelevancy? As one who has followed British politics...
Transparency Clouds Future of `Bad Actors'
It isn't often that a corporate decision not to bring a stock offering to market generates news. So it was no great surprise that the Financial Times of London gave only a few paragraphs to the announcement by the Russian oil conglomerate, Lukoil,...
Treacherous Tea Cozies, Trousers Plague Great Britain
It's often said that the United States and Great Britain are two nations separated only by a common language. But there may be another degree of difference, and that's the decidedly different causes of accidents. For the people offers as evidence some...
Uncovering Cloak-and-Dagger Conspiracies
Nearly two decades after his first best-selling book about the NSA, James Bamford follows up with another surprising look inside the Puzzle Palace. After publishing his best-selling book The Puzzle Palace in 1983, James Bamford waited for someone...
What's in a Name?
Consumers are concerned about online privacy, but traditional retailers have collected information from customers for years, storing it and using it to gain a competitive edge in business. John Doe buys a fisherman lamp from a home store. A month...
When America's Wildlife Becomes Roadkill
In parts of the United States where the interstate highways traverse tracts of forest, you may be lucky enough to see some majestic bird of prey, or maybe just an ugly old vulture, perched and peering on the limb of a roadside tree. The bird is not...
World Trade and Black-Market Body Parts in China
With China poised to enter the World Trade Organization, and many U.S. political leaders arguing that sanctions are ineffective as a foreign-policy tool, some people wonder whether the issue of black-market body parts simply will be swept under the...
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