Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 10, No. 51, December 19

Bam! Whoosh! Crack! TV Worth Squelching
In America's long-running soap opera over television violence, network executives got stuck in the J.R. Ewing role. In the latest episode, however, CBS Broadcast Group President Howard Stringer delivered a line that sounded more like Archie Bunker....
Can Alternative Medicine Find a Cure for Politics?
The government's Office of Alternative Medicine was established to perform scientific research into unconventional remedies ranging from acupunture to shark-cartilage cancer therapy. But can the organization be immunized against politics and lobbying?...
Central Bankers Are out of Date More Than Ever
The business cycle is turning, and a batch of books and articles has appeared to explain how Wall Street has again overreached and, in the process, pummeled the little guy. Over the next months, as markets continue to fluctuate and interest rates...
Fortunes and Scams: Dealing in Checks Is Risky Business
As the No. 1 form of noncash payment in America, checks have spawned a million-dollar oversight industry and stoked the fires of con artists and thieves across the country. In the time it takes to write that check, someone could be ripping you off....
Ho, Ho, Hot ... Santa Suits Up for the Season
Comedian Tim Allen has a clearcut sense of vocation. "I live to make people laugh," he attests in the course of a breezy conversation on the subject of his first movie, a potential new classic of yuletide comedy and sentiment titled The Santa Clause....
In Washington, a Penny Saved Is a Penny Spent
This is the age-old dilemma of special-interest spending: The benefits are focused, while the costs are spread out. The beneficiaries of a program - those who get the money - always win the day. Take a penny from each taxpayer, and none will notice...
Party Centrists Issue Stern Warning to White House
The Democratic Leadership Council's moderate ideas helped Bill Clinton win the presidency. Now, the organization's head honchos are angry over his slide from the organization's themes. The Democratic Leadership Council, which created the "New Democrat"...
Republican Rout Provokes European Anxiety Attack
Although some foreign opinionmakers remain blase about America's Republican revolution, many world leaders - even European right-wingers - have expressed concern about the change. When the votes were finally tallied in last month's election and...
Taking the Old Guard to School: Bring Plenty of Dunce Caps
I have decided that I should open a one-room schoolhouse. In my little schoolhouse, I will have a desk, a lectern, an old-fashioned chalkboard and a pointer. There will be an American flag in the corner of the classroom. In neat little rows in front...
Three-Term Limit Would Create a Citizen Congress
The American people have voted overwhelmingly for term limits. They have swept the polls in 22 states and more than 250 cities, including places as diverse as New York City and Wyoming. Even in Washington, Congress' hometown, term limits won a striking...
'Tis the Season for Sinter Klaas, le Revellion, Sheng Dan Jieh
People around the world celebrate the Christmas season with a mixture of reverence and revelry, from the midnight Mass at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris to the Holy Birth Festival in China. For some children, Santa Claus doesn't come in a sleigh...
Unelected Bureaucrats Also Deserve Term Limits
Maybe the term-limits effort is targeting the wrong people. The current debate about limiting the terms of elected officials and returning them to the status of citizen-legislators" appears to enjoy widespread support from conservatives and the American...
Violence in Pursuit of Justice Is No Vice
Recently the Norwegian prime minister tried to blame a children's television program for the brutal murder of a 5-year-old girl by two other children, ages 5 and 6, in the city of Trondheim. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers was taken off the air by Swedish...
When People Talk, Congress Should Listen
The hardest challenge of a free society is to preserve liberty against the predations of a swollen, unrestrained government. Some governments take a cavalier, if not contemptuous, attitude toward freedom. Recent elections in Central Europe put communists...
Will North Join South in the New Americas?
Latin America has never looked better to investors. But these countries remain skeptical of U.S. trade intentions, and U.S. businesses are wary of the differences that separate the hemisphere When the leaders of the Western Hemisphere gather on...
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