Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 13, No. 15, April 28

A Glimmer of Hope in the Shadow of the Capitol
Washington, D.C., is in dire straits, crippled by drugs, a collapsing infrastructure and municipal incompetence. Politicians of both parties are coming up with renewal plans, yet the city has a perfect model upon which to base its rebirth - itself. Here...
Americans Deserve Whole Truth and Nothing But
One has to wonder how a movie such as Liar Liar became a box-office smash. Is it the slapstick comedy that raises guffaws from corn that would have embarrassed Charlie Chaplin? Or could it be a desperate but subconscious desire for honesty -- from...
A New Sheriff at Justice
As U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Eric Holder has been a frontline soldier in the city's war on drugs. Now, as deputy attorney general-designate, he reveals his strategy for dealing with the scourge of drugs. To Eric Holder, the first...
Anticommunists Plan to Build Cold War Memorial
Almost 80 years after the Bolsheviks introduced the most repressive form of government in history, Congress has authorized fund-raising for a national museum to honor the millions of victims of communism. A new memorial may be joining the downtown...
Army Consultant Hits 'Masculinist culture.'(Madeline Morris)(Column)
Sex is a hot topic at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground north of Baltimore. For months reporters, camera crews and zealous investigators have been arriving in waves, looking for evidence of sexual misconduct. Now come the social engineers, some of...
Even in His 'Early Years,' Picasso Experimented Relentlessly with Style
An ambitious exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington reviews the artist's early years, from ages 11 through 25, which covers his famous Blue and Rose periods. The show emphasizes Picasso's contribution to portraiture, a genre he helped...
Feds Prosecute Foreign Firms
As the American economy grows more global, federal regulators are trying to set a legal framework for international capitalism - and are suing foreign firms. Five years ago at a secret meeting in Tokyo, executives from manufacturers such as Mitsubishi...
GOP Falls on Its Own Tax-Cutting Sword
The deep disagreement between congressional Republicans and their business and political allies about how to truly balance the budget, with tax cuts, is getting deeper. House Speaker Newt Gingrich's high-risk tactical strategy of separating tax...
Journalism's Premier Watchdog Says Media Write (and Bite) Back
Robert and Linda Lichter direct the Center for Media and Public Affairs and research the elite groups that make up the establishment. After reporting on journalists, they were compared to Joe McCarthy. Robert Lichter, along with his wife, Linda,...
Lawmakers Are Trying to Save the Capital City
Washington's conservative and liberal policymakers are weighing in with proposals to rescue the district from fiscal collapse. Will too many cooks spoil the recovery, and is government the problem? The nation's capital is drowning in debt, swamped...
Lord Have Mercy on Blue-Collar Republicans
Country-music superstar Travis Tritt is a friend of Newt Gingrich and a fervent Republican, an affiliation the singer attributes to his working-class background. House Speaker Newt Gingrich "attracted much attention by inviting the Rev. Jesse Jackson...
Motor City Becomes Test Case for Urban Renewal in America
Are American cities emerging from decades of decline? Planners and city officials are working to revive Detroit, a city devastated by urban blight. If renewal works here, they say, it can work anywhere. Nearly 40 years have passed since the publication...
Q: Are More Rigorous Clean-Air Standards Really Necessary?
Yes: The current levels of smog and soot threaten the health of children and the elderly. During the last quarter-century, America has made great progress in protecting the public's health and the air, the water and the land that we all share. As...
Remembering Mr. Robinson
Fifty years ago, Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color line. His achievement transcended sports. It has been a half-century since Jackie Robinson trotted out onto the baseball diamond in his odd pigeon-toed way on April 15,1947, to play first base...
The Power of the People Sustains a City in Crisis
With many government-assistance programs overloaded, private organizations and concerned citizens are stepping in to relieve inner-city social ills. In the nation's capital, their work produces tangible results daily. Eric Johnson's voice trembles...