Insight on the News

Insight on the newspaper is a magazine specializing in General topics.

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 1, January 1

A Conservative Guardian of Working Americans
Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanon's populist bid in the Republican presidential campaign seems to be finding its niche among social conservatives, Reagan Democrats and former Perot independents. Pat Buchanan, left-wing radical? Well, conservative writer...
A Heavyweight Bout
Like a national 'tough man' competition, the primary fights of the presidential election cycle will eliminate the weak and give glory to he who remains standing. President Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole likely will meet in the final round,...
Are Pollsters Bellwethers - or Weather Vanes?
And they're off! The media may cover candidates like horses out of the starting gate, but try to probe below the surface of the electorate to find a pulse. Before Sen. Arlen Specter's presidential campaign went on hiatus, a rival for the Republican...
Ashcan Painters Made the Ordinary into Art
A group of artists in New York at the turn of the century defied convention to chronicle life in the big city. They become known as the Ashcan School, dedicated to capturing everyday life on convas. At the turn of the century, Robert Henri exhorted...
Boots Made for Walking Aren't Good for Running
If votes were tabulated by the mile, Lamar Alexander would be in great shape in more than just the physical sense. He has hoofed his wa across the Granite State, but his campaign has little mileage. As Republican presidential hopeful Lamar Alexander...
CIA's Hierarchy Opened Door to Gorbomania
The CIA's original explanation of Aldrich Ames' espionage--that the failure of mid-level officials to notice their colleague's high living led to the execution in the late eighties of 10 agents for the United States in the Soviet Union--always struck...
Clinton Makes Illegal Pick for Appeals Court
The Senate has an unusually clear opportunity to place principle ahead of politics, something all too rare and therefore particularly revealing in Washington. President Clinton has nominated Willy Fletcher, a University of California at Berkeley law...
For the Senior Statesman, Third Time May Be Charm
After failed campaigns in 1980 and 1988, Bob Dole's leadership of the Republican revolution, coupled with his 'commonsense conservatism,' has made him the front-runner for the GOP nomination. On the wall of the national headquarters of the Bob Dole...
Gramm Campaign Is Falling Further Behind Bob Dole
Reports are circulating that Sen. Phil Gramm has failed to get his message out while scraping for cash at the bottom of his campaign barrel, but the Texas senator hasn't cooled his anti-Dole rhetoric. In February, Texas Sen. Phil Gramm announced his...
Incredible Shrinking Chips Help Save, and Create, Lives
Scientists and engineers are using miniature' microprocessors -- tiny silicon chips that make an array of ingenious gadgets work, including hand-held blood analyzers used in emergency rooms. The miniaturization of microprocessors and memory chips has...
Movement in the Middle: Centrists Lurk in the Shadows
A group of moderates has been looking at how it can exploit the swath of the electorate that is fiscally conservative yet socially liberal. But is it all just talk? Late in November, the press got wind of a secret telephone conference call among a so-called...
Quietly Building Momentum for a Strong Reelection Bid
With very little fuss, President Clinton already has assembled a $26 million reelection war chest and qualified for $14 million in matching funds. Regardless of who his opponent may be, most observers now expect the Democrat known as the 'Comeback Kid'...
Q: Was the U.S. Bailout of Mexico a Good Investment?
Yes: Helping Mexico recover saved U.S. jobs and averted a widening recession. Last January, a drop in market confidence coming on the heels of Mexican economic-policy errors pushed Mexico to the brink of financial crisis. The stakes for the United States...
School's out for Absentees: A Colorado Lawmaker Proposes to End Compulsory Attendance - and Expel the Worst Truants
A Colorado lawmaker proposes to end compulsory attendance -- and expel the worst truants. After years of trying to lure chronically absent students back into the classroom, one Colorado lawmaker has a modest proposal: Let them go. State Rep. Russ George...
Starr Eyes Lindsey Pals
Longtime Clinton friend and White House aide Bruce Lindsey once again is being scrutinized by Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth W Starr, sources in Little Rock have told news alert! The sources say the president's confidant will be back as an official...
Still Fighting for the First: The Church of Scientology Has Been Involved in a Number of Precedent-Setting Court Decisions
The Church of Scientology has been involved in a number of precedent-setting court decisions. When it comes to broadening religious liberty in America, the job usually falls to unpopular minorities. In the previous century, Catholics and Jews demanded...
The Obverse of Affluence: Technopoverty
Returning from India in 1982, I stopped over in Frankfurt, West Germany, the first Western city I had seen in a year. I went straight to the airport restaurant for pancakes and coffee, something I'd been fantasizing about for a while. Sitting across...
Transfer Payments Killing the Economy
Rep. David E. Bonior of Michigan, the second-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, wants to start a class war in America. As Bonior sees it, the great mass of working people in the United States have been ripped off by an economy rigged to...
Videophones Finally Viable?
The Jetson's sport the rare home videophone, but such devices are popular among business circles. American companies have been pursuing the science-fiction vision of the videophone since the 1964 World's Fair, and the picture hasn't changed much since...
Warmonger Spins Evil Yarns into Fabric of Saudi Society
Cyberterrorism, long anticipated, has come of age. The destabilization of enemy targets by remote control from other countries was elevated to a fine art by Markus Wolf, the diabolically clever farmer head of the East German intelligence service. The...

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