Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 13, No. 31, August 25

Big Hurricanes on the Horizon
Mid-August through early October marks the height of hurricane activity for the Atlantic seaboard, and this year has scientists, homeowners and insurance executives especially nervous. One reason is Bill Gray, professor of atmospheric science at Colorado...
Capital City Stages a Theatrical Coup
Though New York is Mecca for the greasepaint crowd, Washington can claim it's theater's second city -- but so can several other cities. Variety proclaimed it several years ago and USA Today recently made note: Washington now is the second-largest...
Conservative Think Tanks Having Impact
A recent, well-publicized report about the financial activities of leading conservative foundations tries to promote the idea that in recent years, conservative organizations have achieved an unfair dominance in the promotion of their ideas in Congress...
Freshman Rep. Anne Northup Wins GOP Attention with Flair
In 1969, during the black-power movement on college campuses across the country, freshman Rep. Anne Meagher Northup, then a college student, watched a rally? at Notre Dame University. The speakers issued a call to arms to end racial injustices and...
Hummin' Down the Highway
Marc Barnes of Washington admits his new Hummer isn't practical. It gets 10 miles per gallon and its 8-foot width makes parking a problem. "You've got to pay attention when you're going down the street because there's no room for error," says Barnes....
Lieberman Zigs against Dem Stereotype
At a time when Attorney General Janet Reno refuses to appoint a special counsel to investigate fund-raising abuses, when House Majority Leader Dick Armey looks Americans in the eye and denies his undeniable involvement in the coup against the speaker,...
Lower Prices, Better Quality Increase Used-Car Appeal
Consumers are price-conscious when shopping for cars and trucks. While new cars carry average sticker prices of more than $21,000, used models can cost half that. Guess what consumers are buying? Forget about those used-car lots where a salesman...
Memories of Liberia's Recent Past
During my childhood I devoured books about Africa. The Dark Continent held mystery and adventure. How could a lad not be taken with the sublime obstinacy of the great medical missionary David Livingstone or be thrilled by the Blue Nile adventures...
Prescription for the Next Century: Make Sure the Kids Are All Right
`The future ain't what it used to be,' a prescient Iowan once remarked. Members of the World Future Society couldn't agree more, except to add that the more we change, the more we stay the same. It's morning in the year 2025. You roll out of bed,...
Q: Will Remedies to Reverse Global Warming Be Good for the Economy?
The answer depends on how honestly we choose to address the challenge -- and how willing we are to step back, think big and take what appears to be an outrageous and, at first glance, wildly unrealistic approach. If Americans approach the problem...
Sickness and Secrecy
Accounts of the mystery sickness called Gulf War Syndrome or Persian Gulf Illness read like chapters in a story that could have been written by Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy -- or the Three Stooges. Unlike Joe Klein, the authors of this human tragedy...
Taylor-Made Future Looms over Liberia
A market woman in Liberia's capital of Monrovia may have the best answer why warlord Charles Taylor, who destroyed her country in a civil war by killing upward of 200,000 of its 2.3 million people and making homeless refugees of 1 million more, won...
Technology Explosion as Criminal Jackpot
Trillions of dollars in laundered criminal cash are threatening the stability of the world's financial system, according to a recent cover story in London's prestigious Economist magazine. Transnational crime gangs have set up ultrasophisticated computerized...
Washington's Peculiar Definition of the 'rich.'(Fair Comment)(Column)
Every year Forbes magazine publishes an issue dealing with the rich -- the millionaires and billionaires who have the most money that year. Meanwhile, back in Washington, liberals in Congress also are talking about "the rich" whenever anyone wants...
When Every Day Is a 'Holidate,' There Are 365 Reasons to Smile
A Chicago cartoonist and writer with a limited vocabulary but expansive imagination is being heralded by pundits as America's premier `eventologist.' So ... what's an eventologist? In Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Humpty Dumpty celebrates...
Who Is Newt?
House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who long has been portrayed by the media as a right-wing ideologue, once called himself a "pragmatist" and a "Rockefeller Republican," according to senior conservative activists. Gingrich endeared himself to conservative...
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