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Articles from Vol. 279, No. 21, December 20

Defunct Economists
Professor Paul Samuelson's Economics: An Introductory Analysis has been the bestselling college economics textbook for more than fifty years. Many of his brightest students went on to important positions in business, finance and government policy-making....
DNC Makeover Time
Politics doesn't grant any long mourning periods. Democrats have to shake off the postelection blues--now--and begin agitating among themselves to create a very different party. The first challenge is the selection of a new chair to lead the Democratic...
Dutch Tolerance Tried
"We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant." So said the philosopher Karl Popper near the end of World War II. The recent events in the Netherlands--traditionally seen as Europe's most open society--have...
Godard's Inferno
NOTRE MUSIQUE Michelangelo and Ulysses came home from the war with knapsacks bulging, bearing the reward for hardships suffered and inflicted. "We promised you the world," the soldiers boasted to their wives. "Here it is"--and onto the kitchen table...
Looking Back Looking Forward
The defeat of John Kerry, combined with the Republican advances in the House and Senate, has unleashed waves of dismay and perplexity within liberal and progressive circles. What happened? Why did so many voters embrace a President whose Iraq policy...
Politicize the CIA? You've Got to Be Kidding!
No alien penetration or treachery of double agents has ever done nearly as much damage to the CIA as the infighting consequent upon the arrival of each new director, charged by his White House master with cleaning house and settling accounts with the...
Profiles in Legal Courage
Attorney General John Ashcroft has never been one to hide his anger under a bushel. On November 12, just three days after he announced his resignation, Ashcroft lashed out at what he called "excessive judicial encroachment on functions assigned to...
Stop Crying, Start Working
How long did it take Republicans to write their thank-you note to the Christian right? About five minutes. On November 21, Congress passed a $388 billion spending bill that permits any health provider--not just doctors and nurses, who can already opt...
The Bush AIDS Machine
Four more years of AIDS under George W. Bush doesn't add up to four more years of complacency and denial, as it did when Ronald Reagan won re-election in 1984. That's because midway through his first term Bush did something Reagan never dreamed of:...
Ukraine's Untold Story
However Ukraine's crisis is resolved, it is clear that interference by Russia and the United States has been massive. Viktor Yanukovich, the current Prime Minister, was Moscow's favorite. Viktor Yushchenko, a former chairman of the Central Bank, was...