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Articles from Vol. 272, No. 5, February 5

A Taste for Desert Landscapes?
ARTHUR C. DANTO SOL LeWITT In memory of Van Quine About halfway through the installation of Sol LeWitt's art on the fourth floor of New York's Whitney Museum of American Art, a small alcove gallery is given over entirely to Autobiography,...
Dear Larry, Thanks! John
Only yesterday pundits assured us that George W. Bush, who lost the popular election by half a million votes, would tread softly and govern meekly. "He has no mandate to do anything except Be Nice," Molly Ivins wrote in the December Progressive. But...
Deep in the Heart of Texas
Truffling through the frothy and tawdry scraps of pre-inaugural Zeitgeist, I found this on the front page of the Washington Post's Style section: "The heart will be the favorite organ of the Bush administration," says Marshall Wittmann of the conservative...
Florida's `Disappeared Voters': Disfranchised by the GOP
THOUSANDS OF CITIZENS CAN'T REGISTER OR HAVE BEEN THROWN OFF THE ROLLS. WHAT WAS BILLED AS A REFORM EFFORT IMPROPERLY TARGETS LARGE NUMBERS OF BLACKS. In Latin America they might have called them votantes desaparecidos, "disappeared voters." On...
Letters
POLL-AXED Fort Lauderdale, Fla. * Anna Greenberg was directly on point with her thoughtful piece, "Why the Polls Were Wrong" [Jan. 1]. As someone who lives in the heart of the south Florida battleground, in Democratic-vote-rich Broward County,...
None Dare Call It Treason
In the December 12 ruling by the US Supreme Court handing the election to George Bush, the Court committed the unpardonable sin of being a knowing surrogate for the Republican Party instead of being an impartial arbiter of the law. If you doubt this,...
Pomp and Shame
At the corner of Connecticut and K streets in downtown Washington, three blocks from the White House, a young African-American artist does a flourishing business selling his flavorful anti-Bush posters. "Shame on the Bushes and the rest of their kind!"...
Scrub Helps Shrub
The company that the Florida secretary of state contracted with in 1998 to help purge the state rolls of ineligible voters is well connected to GOP circles. The chairman of the board of Database Technologies, now the DBT Online unit of ChoicePoint...
Southern Comfort
Once again, the Civil War has sparked a contemporary political controversy. Two of President Bush's Cabinet nominees--Attorney General-designate John Ashcroft and the prospective Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton--are being asked to explain their...
The Crackdown on Dissent -- Police Are Up to Old Tricks : Disrupting and Spying on Legal Political Activities
Over the past year, the US government has intensified its crackdown on political dissidents opposing corporate globalization, and it is using the same intimidating and probably unconstitutional tactics against demonstrators at the presidential inauguration....
The Reel Drug War
As busy as he is these days, George W. Bush should take time out to see Traffic, Steven Soderbergh's new movie about the war on drugs. For, in coming days, Bush must name a new drug czar, and seeing this movie could--and should--affect his choice....
The 'Tiananmen Papers'
Media events have a life of their own. Consider the launch of the so-called Tiananmen Papers. On January 7, Mike Wallace interviewed on CBS's 60 Minutes an anonymous person in disguise who claimed, at some undisclosed time and place, to have hand-copied...