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Articles from Vol. 15, No. 42, November 15

A Budget Battle and Training Tiff
Republicans partially succeeded in budget negotiations with the White House as the Senate Armed Services Committee deliberates the future of vital military training in Puerto Rico. Thankfully the week saw no major political antics escaping from...
A New Look at Renewal
Fifty years ago, Congress passed a housing act that introduced the concept of urban redevelopment, The bill would transform city and suburban neighborhoods across the country. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the nation's largest urban-renewal...
Betrayal of the American Woman
Stiffed is the brave new word to describe the betrayal of the American man. Poor babies. The pressure of postmodern masculinity is too much for them. The American male suffers from premature emasculation. This is an idea that only could be written...
California Drivers Learn Hard Lessons about Law Enforcement
As a responsible citizen, I renew driver's license and vehicle registration. I get smog checks, carry insurance and try to obey traffic regulations. But I am beginning to feel like a fool because the only reward the state gives me for obeying its laws...
Clinton Orders Human Experiments
Executive Order 13139 is requiring military personnel to receive experimental vaccines not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Courts-martial are pending. A day after Republican Rep. Chris Shays of Connecticut ended congressional hearings...
Executive Privilege Excludes Terrorism Victims
On June 25, 1996, Bill Clinton professed, "I am now convinced that the only way fully to safeguard the rights of victims in America is to amend our Constitution and guarantee these basic rights: to be told about public court proceedings and to attend...
Freezing out the Farmers
Genetically modified crops could feed the earth's billions and diminish need for more cropland, but Greenpeace international is dead set against them. Greenpeace, the radical environmentalist group headquartered in Amsterdam, has taken to conducting...
Gore's Hackles Up over Helms' Threat
Vice President Al Gore went positively off over a threat by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms of North Carolina to block the nomination of Democratic former U.S. senator Carol Moseley-Braun as ambassador to New Zealand. Gore...
Historian Weigel Is Witness for John Paul II
Devout Catholic and scholar George Weigel received the Vatican's blessing to write a massive biography to help the public understand the man, the myth and the message. George Weigel's recently published Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John...
Kitchen Commandments: Clean, Cook and Chill
In an eat-on-the-run world, Americans too often are unaware of basic precautions to keep food safe in their own kitchens. Here are some guidelines for keeping microbes at bay. Sure, that tuna salad from Monday looks okay, but is it safe to eat?...
Polls Dance to Latin Beat
As the Hispanic population in America increases, so does its political influence, Political power is based on money or Numbers," says former presidential adviser Stephen Hess. "Hispanics now have the numbers, so they now have the power." That...
Pro-Nazi Pope?
A new book by British journalist John Cornwell offers allegations that Pope Pius XII helped Hitler and the Nazi regime in Germany, but other scholars say show it isn't so. More than four decades after his death, controversy about Pope Pius XII remains...
Q: Are America's Teachers Well-Qualified to Teach Our Children?
Chase is president of the National Education Association in Washington, the nation's largest teachers union, and is a former social-studies teacher. Yes: Teachers are talented as well as idealistic but they need more of our support. As anyone...
Should Prairie Dogs Pay Rent?
Thanks and a tip of the hat to the rancher and Insight reader who sent along a note about a situation that's bugging him -- or, in this case, dogging him. Western ranchers in general are upset about a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or FWS, proposal...
Should We Call It Racism or Just Hypocrisy?
In recent days Americans have had a taste of the new Democratic strategy: If it walks like a Republican, talks like a Republican or votes like a Republican, it must be a racist. From the party that brought us Willie Horton (originally brought to the...
Test-Ban Treaty Rejection Shows Way for GOP
When the majority of the U.S. Senate decisively voted Oct. 13 to reject the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, or CTBT, it not only made history -- rejecting a major international accord for the first time in nearly 80 years -- it also demonstrated that...
The Devil Is in the Downsizing
Is it enough that government should just be smaller, or should it also operate smarter as a result? The General Accounting Office, or GAO, says that both are possible but today's smaller federal workforce -- down from 2.2 million employees in 1993...
The Fight at the End of the Tunnel
Nuclear waste has to go somewhere, and some scientists and government officials believe Nevada's desolate Yucca Mountain could be the best place. Others aren't so sure, You can see for what seems like forever from the top of Nevada's Yucca Mountain:...
Using U.S. Troops as Global Cops
The U.S. military now is charged with maintaining law and order in dozens of trouble spots overseas, but the forces are paying a high price for this kinder, gentler warrior. While military special-forces units have been using U.S. cities to train...
Working on Faith
Faith-based organizations in some local communities are teaming up with federal and state programs to help welfare clients get and keep jobs in the private sector. The congregation of Payne Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church has transformed...
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