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Founded in September of 1982, USA Today is a national daily newspaper published by Gannett Co., Inc. The paper has a Mon.-Thurs. circulation of over 2 million readers. The Friday edition of the paper has a circulation of over 2.5 million readers.The Editor of USA Today is John Hillkirk.

Articles from Vol. 135, No. 2744, May

2008 the Amazing Race Is On
"The default of ethics, failure of old-style politics, and contemptuous boldness and disrespect that congressmen, lobbyists, and other influence peddlers have shown during recent years have incited the public to demand changes in the way politicians...
America's Left Has Taken a Wrong Turn: "The Centralized, Pyramidal Command Structure of the Socialist Form of Government, and the Idea That the 'Party' Can Lead and Represent the Best Interests of the People, Have, over the Last Century, Repeatedly Shown Themselves to Be Moral and Economic Disasters." Still, This Is the Platform the Democrats Insist upon Pushing
THE LEFT IN THE U.S. is in crisis. It has lost the broad support it once enjoyed in the working class and finds itself captive to the past--or, worse yet, to an impotent radicalism. It no longer offers working people a political outlet for their interests,...
A Tale of Two Countries
"WE HAD TO DESTROY the village to save it" is a phrase attributed widely in the middle of the Vietnam War, including to war correspondent Peter Arnett who, in turn, referenced an unidentified Army officer that he had interviewed. The common assumption...
Black & Decker Spruces Up Spring
Now that we've said goodbye to winter and this particularly harsh spring finally is starting to mellow, we've taken the time to step outside our homes and take a good look around. Our first thought is, "What a mess!" The elements certainly have taken...
Digital Downside
IF YOU WANT TO SEE AN ORIGINAL copy of the Declaration of Independence or The Constitution of the United States, you can find it in the National Archives. If you want an original manuscript by composer Ludwig van Beethoven, you can own one--if you...
Digital Technology Spurs "Copyright Panic"
New digital technologies and broadband Internet access have increased digital piracy of music, movies, and other creative products, but the threat of widespread digital piracy also has produced "copyright panic," spawning an illogical expansion of...
Does an Assembly Line Really Move That Fast?
Okay, we admit it: Faber-Castell USA, Inc.'s ability to produce new products for its Creativity For Kids line has outstripped our ability to write about said products. In other words, there simply is no way to do justice to all the company's new and...
Do Ethics Promise Too Much?
ETHICS AWARENESS are the buzzwords today, as everywhere we encounter shenanigans of one sort or another. Professional and business organizations are complaining about the lack of honesty in our society as, nearly daily, some new scandal erupts. We...
Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America-And What We Can Do about It
ENOUGH: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It BY JUAN WILLIAMS CROWN PUBLISHERS 235 PAGES, $25.00 On May 17, 2004, 3,000 of black America's elite gathered...
Entrepreneurship Will Beat Battleships: "Money Cures Almost All Ills, While Its Absence Is a Precursor of Restlessness, Discontent, and Violence. We Need a Foreign Policy That Showers Dollars, Not Bombs, That Ships Business Plans, Not Humvees, Abroad."
ENTREPRENEURSHIP should be a key component of U.S. foreign policy, but hardly is mentioned and seldom implemented. From war-torn countries and Third World nations to even the neglected urban ghettos of the U.S., hundreds of millions of unemployed people...
Escaping the Trap: "... U.S. Policymakers Need to Absorb the Larger Lesson of the Iraqi Debacle. Launching an Elective War in Pursuit of a Nation-Building Chimera Was an Act of Folly. It Is a Folly They Should Vow Never to Repeat in Any Other Country."
IT IS CLEAR in retrospect that the Administration and its supporters miscalculated badly about the Iraqi intervention. Pres. Bush's May 1, 2003, speech aboard the aircraft cartier USS Abraham Lincoln beneath a large "Mission Accomplished" banner was...
FBI Not Tracking Gay Murders
Over the past 10 years, more than 50 young people aged 30 and under were murdered violently by assailants who targeted them because they did not fit stereotypes for masculinity or femininity, according to a report issued by the Gender Public Advocacy...
Fighting Fire with Diplomacy: "For the 21st Century, the U.S.-Iran Relationship Will Frame the Structure and Dynamics of the Middle East. We Must Be Sure of Our Actions and Wise with Our Words. the Prospects for Peace That Have Eluded All Nations of the Middle East for So Long May Be on the Edge of a Convergence of Historic Intersects."
AMERICA'S relationship with the Middle East--and, in particular, Iran--is at the center of some of the most important strategic challenges that the U.S. faces today and in the future: energy security, our nation's relationship with the Islamic world,...
Giving Lip Service to Angelina Jolie
Lip augmentation is not just for women who want larger, sexier lips. As people age, their lips lose fullness, which makes individuals appear older. While injectable fillers can combat aging around the lips and mouth, not all are created equal--some...
Good as Gold: A Glittering Exhibition Reveals the Dazzling Art and Intriguing Science Behind This Icon of Wealth
ONE OF THE RAREST and most highly prized minerals in the world is on display in the dazzling exhibition "Gold," which explores the historical fascination with this enduring symbol of wealth, beauty, and power. "Gold" features a dramatic array of 700...
If You Want to Play, Wii Do, Too
For all the advances in video games, the one thing that can't be escaped is the beating they've taken for being a sedentary activity. Nintendo is aiming to change all that with its Wii system. No longer passive participants, Wii players truly become...
Implementing a Business Strategy: "Without Successful Initiatives, Strategy Implementation Is Impossible, and Companies Cannot Make Acquisitions, Create and Commercialize New Products, Enter New Markets, Forge and Maintain Competitive Advantages, Establish or Enhance Brand Equity, Drive Costs out of a Supply Train, or Develop Talent."
HERE IS THE CHALLENGE of strategy implementation. Which would you choose: a brilliant strategy poorly executed or an unspectacular one brilliantly implemented? Granted, it is not an especially attractive choice but, based on our consulting experience,...
It's Baseball Bliss When You Play Hardball
The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2007 brings together two groups of the national pastime's most ardent devotees--opinionated, articulate sports columnists and rational, slide-rule-wielding statisticians. The result is pure baseball bliss. The book...
Join the "Bellobration": This Year's Circus Truly Is a Clown's Delight
DEMETRIUS ALEXANDRO CLAUDIO Amadeus Bello Nock, or just plain Bello, is anything but plain. "I never focused on being different," he maintains. "I'm just naturally a different person." And how! For starters, this is first time in the 137-year history...
Kids Can Bypass Internet Filters
The threat of pornography to children and teens is even more serious than indicated in research results reported by the University of New Hampshire, Durham, to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill., according to a veteran specialist...
Looking for Talent in All the Right Places: " ... How Can Management Identify Those Who Have Potential to Improve and Work with Them toward the Accomplishment of That Goal?"
IT USED TO BE that managing sale-speople looked like the juggler spinning plates in a circus. The plates that were spinning fast (the top producers) were left alone, and those that were wobbling (mediocre to poor producers) received constant attention....
Man-on-Man Job Complaints Soaring
With no fanfare and little media attention, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its 2006 statistics on job discrimination with the news that complaints were on the rise for the first time in four years. As a result, the Gender...
Most Americans Want Health Care Reform
Almost everyone in America--or at least 91%--believes the U.S. health care system is in need of some kind of reform, but that is where the agreement ends, shows a United Press International-Zogby Interactive poll. Of those, 46% maintain the U.S. health...
On the Defensive: "One Thing Is Certain. Military Intervention in Iraq and the Climate of Open Rebellion That Ensued Profoundly Have Altered the Terms of the [Terrorist] Threat and Now Condition Its Development."
NO ONE CAN DENY that today's terrorist threat is particularly high. It reached an extremely dangerous level at the dawn of 2007. France is aware that the terrorist risk represented by the Algerian Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) Islamic...
Picking Up the Tab
EACH YEAR, THE WORLD'S taxpayers provide an estimated $700,000,000,000 of subsidies for environmentally destructive activities, such as fossil fuel burning, overpumping aquifers, clearcutting forests, and overfishing. An Earth Council study, "Subsidizing...
Quick: Spot Drake & Josh
Joining the ranks of addictive games for the Nintendo DS is Namco Bandai's QuickSpot. While the object is simple--draw a circle around what is different between two seemingly identical pictures--it is not as easy as you think. This is a true test of...
Racial and Ethnic Intermarriages Slowing
Immigration has played a key role in unprecedented declines in interracial and interethnic marriage in the United States during the last decade, suggests a study by Ohio State University, Columbus. The findings imply that the burgeoning number of Hispanic...
Resurrecting Gustave Dore: "... His Ambitions and Achievements in Terms of Illustrating a Staggeringly Vast Encyclopedia of World Literature Far Exceeded Anything Dreamed of by the Young Romantics. Yet, like Them, He Continued to Plunge Us into Fantastic Extremes That Only Can Be Fully Experienced Behind Closed Eyes."
IT IS AN ODD AND telling coincidence that Paul Gustave Dore and Edouard Manet were born (1832) and died (1883) in the same years. Given the conventional patterns of art history, their exact coexistence should be an oxymoron. Manet, pivotal to the concept...
Say Goobye to Dimpled Thighs
Women just might have a fighting chance to diminish the appearance of cellulite through collagenase enzyme injections, according to a preliminary clinical study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Arlington Heights, III. "One of the biggest...
Scaredy-Cat Politics
THE IRAQI WAR eventually will end, as all wars do. Plainly put: Pres. Bush's current strategy will succeed or fail; either way, the draw-down of American troops will begin. The Democratic Party swept the 2006 congressional elections due to the unpopularity...
Seeing Red over Blue
FORMER MAJOR LEAGUE MANAGER Tommy Lasorda, in leading Los Angeles to a pair of World Series titles, insisted that he bled Dodger blue. The Mets, for almost 40 years--before they started to chase the money in gangsta black--always wore uniforms trimmed...
"Something" in the Way She Smells
The Beatles' George Harrison wondered in his famous song about the "something" that "attracts me like no other lover." A University at Buffalo (N.Y.) psychologist explains that that "something" actually is several physical elements that--if they occur...
Stop the Bellyaching: "Eradicating Victim Mindset and Behavior Is Not an Overnight Job. It Takes Real Fortitude on the Part of Leaders to Encourage Candor, Create High Levels of Accountability, and Hold Themselves to the Same Standards as Their Employees."
GERALD STORCH, chief executive officer of Toys"R"Us, is facing the monumental task of turning around the once leading-edge retailer that has been dethroned by discounters such as Wal-Mart and Target. In speaking with a workforce that has been, according...
Taking Care of Business: "If Great Britain and the EU Fail to Put Prompt and Massive Pressure on Iran and Confront It with the Alternative of Either Changing Course or Suffering Devastating Economic Blows, All That Will Remain Will Be the Choice between a Bad Solution (the Military Option) and a Dreadful One (the Iranian Bomb)."
WE STAND AT A historic crossroads. Disregarding UN Security Council decisions, Iran's rulers are stepping up their nuclear program. Will Europe continue soft-soaping the mullahs or will it show some resolve? Will it accept the fact that, by seeking...
The Cards Are in the Cards
Yes, everybody knows--all too well, we're afraid--that the New York Yankees have the most World Series titles in baseball history. However, by virtue of their convincing five-game spanking of the Detroit Tigers in last year's Fall Classic, the St....
The CIA Knew the Depense Department Knew of Iraqi Insurgency-But Did Nothing: "The U.S. Intelligence Community ... Steadfastly Has Resisted Serious Attempts to Exploit and Release the Information Captured in Postwar Iraq."
I WOULD LIKE TO EXAMINE the fundamental misconception about the Iraqi war--particularly among the elite--and consider what it says about the U.S.'s conduct during the global war on terror and our prospects for winning. For five years, beginning just...
The Hidden Diagnosis: "Though It Is Considered to Be Two to Three Times More Common Than Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia, [Borderline Personality Disorder] Is Far Less Understood and Grossly under Recognized."
BORDERLINE Personality Disorder is a mental health condition that affects roughly 10,000,000 Americans, or more than three percent of the general population. Though it is considered to be two to three times more common than bipolar disorder or schizophrenia,...
The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life
The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life BY RAMESH PONNURU REGNERY PUBLISHING, INC, 248 PAGES, $27.95 Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor at the National Review, has covered politics for the Wall Street...
The Price of Anything Is the Foregone Alternative: "Proactive Pricing Strategies Come from Visionary Companies That Understand and Rely on the Economic Value They Bring to Customers. They Separate Value from Benefits."
MANY COMPANIES miss significant opportunities to maximize revenue and profits due to dysfunctional pricing strategies such as ad-hoc discounting, poorly executed price increase announcements, mismanagement of competitive pricing interactions, and bundling...
The Wonderful "Truth"
THIS YEAR MARKS the 70th anniversary of the classic screw-ball comedy "The Awful Truth." Unlike romantic comedy, which accents love, the screwball genre affectionately spoofs it. Put another way, films like "The Awful Truth" represent America's distinct...
Venice and the Islamic World: "[This] Is the First Major Exhibition to Explore One of the Most Important and Distinctive Facets of Venetian Art History: The Exchange of Objects and Interchange of Ideas between the Great Italian Maritime City and Her Islamic Neighbors in the Eastern Mediterranean."
WITH NEARLY 200 works of art from more than 60 public and private collections around the world, "Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797" is the first major exhibition to explore one of the most important and distinctive facets of Venetian art history:...
What's for Dinner-And When Do We Eat?
With school-age children, we find this time of year to be the most hectic. It seems we're running back and forth to school every day for one event or another. Between art shows, concerts, author's teas, field days, stepping-up ceremonies, etc., the...
Why We Ignore Nagging Spouse
A professor's desire to understand why her husband often seemed to ignore her requests for help around the house has resulted in new research findings. "My husband, while very charming in many ways, has an annoying tendency of doing exactly the opposite...

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