Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 12, No. 36, September 23

Coalition Embraced Dog Days of August
Blue Dog Democrats politic like they party: unconventionally and without inhibitions. Several of these 22 conservative and mostly southern lawmakers who have howled their way through the 104th Congress came to Chicago to wag their tails in support...
'Defensive Unity' at the United Center
The Monday the Democratic National Convention opened wasn't especially hot by the standards of a Chicago August. Nevertheless, the mid-80s temperature, along with the fervored allegations of corporate and congressional Republican chicanery, caused...
Dog and Pony Show Turns Gruesome
There was no disguising the glee of the media. For three days they had labored in a news-free zone and served as involuntary carriers of a manipulative politics-lite message. With even more passion than at the made-for-TV Republican convention in San...
Focus Group Rates Conclaves
So who were the winners and losers in the 1996 conventions? According to an analysis by GOP pollster Frank Luntz, based on nightly instant-response sessions with 33 swing voters who watched all eight days of the Republican and Democratic conventions,...
GOP 'Truth Squads' Storm Democrats
Republicans came to the Democratic convention bearing ready-made stories for the media. But in the fall campaign, reporters and pundits alike will have to fight through the smoke to sort out the truth. Early in the Democratic convention week, word...
Greetings from Route 66
Route 66, one of Americas great roads, once stretched from Chicago all the way to Los Angeles, passing prairies of Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma, on through the mountains and high deserts of the West, to the shining Pacific Ocean. Built in the twenties...
Protect the Unborn from Unfit Mothers
Suppose a pregnant woman ingested Thlidomide knowing the consequent danger of fetal deformities. ties. Shouldn't the criminal law strike? Wouldn't that act rank with Lady Macbeth's sickening callousness. "I have given suck, and know how tender'tis...
Revisionist Historians Have Political Agenda
Change is the iron law of the universe, it's said. For Americans, change historically has signified "the West" - the West, that is, initially starting a dozen paces beyond Plymouth Rock and Jamestown, progressing to the Pacific littoral of alfalfa-sprout...
The Times Still Are a Changin'
The ghosts of Chicago 1968 no longer linger in this city of broad shoulders. Although Mayor Richard M. Daley sits in the office once dominated by his father, former Mayor Richard J. Daley, the International Amphitheater, where the Democratic Party...
The White House Smoke Screen on Drugs
President Clinton wants to regulate late tobacco as a drug. With the national drug-control program in disarray, he might want to start by regulating drugs as drugs. Of course, every responsible adult opposes smoking by young people. But President...
Would It Be a Good Idea to Replace the Income Tax with a Consumption Tax?
I have yet to meet anyone who defends the current tax code. How could anyone defend a system that is 2,823 pages long and contains regulations that require more than 8,000 pages to explain? This year, 40 million Americans will have a confrontation...
Yeltsin's Move Renders Lebed Czar Struck
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall inherit the Earth," the Sermon on the Mount promises. But it is by no means clear that being a peacemaker in Chechnya will help Gen. Alexander Lebed inherit the Kremlin. The extraordinary power struggle...
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