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Articles from Vol. 266, No. 6, February 23

Babbitt's Diamond Bit
Yet another special-prosecutor drama has been playing out in Washington, as Attorney General Janet Reno faces the approach of a February 11 deadline on whether to appoint an independent counsel to investigate Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt....
Cold War Economics Melt Asia: Events Have Reinforced the Need for an Asian Model, Not Repudiated It
With East Asia's economic troubles in mind, many Americans have entered the last years of the twentieth century in a mood of truly obscene jingoism, or what the Germans call Schadenfreude, the malicious pleasure of gloating over the misfortunes of...
Karla Faye Died for Bill's Sins
It's endearing that the whole silly scandal brought us back to Gennifer Flowers, whose uninhibited recollections of her liaison with Bill C. were determinedly boycotted by the better element when she published them in Passion and Betrayal, the Fanny...
Keeping Special Counsel
Kenneth Starr's Zippergate investigation hasn't turned up many facts, but it has churned up a geyser of hysteria over the Independent Counsel Act, the post-Watergate law under which Starr's inquiry was launched. Now liberals are breast-beating, demanding...
Kramer vs. Kramer
Last year, when I was asked if I could write about some aspect of Larry Kramer's life for a collection of articles about him, I said, "I might be able to write a piece about Kramer as a pain in the ass, but I suppose you have too many of those as...
Little Big Budget
The day Bill Clinton released his latest budget proposal it was easy to marvel at his ability to survive. As he celebrated the first zero-deficit budget in nearly three decades, official Washington scratched its collective head over a President whose...
Monica, the Musical
Now that I have your attention... February is Black History Month, that time when our nation ceaselessly invokes the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. School bulletin boards everywhere vaunt "then and now" displays of how far we have come, thanks to...
Olympic Money Medalists
As living standards collapse in the Pacific's former "Tiger" economies, three of Asia's leading billionaires will be beaming triumphantly into the cameras throughout the Winter Olympics this month in Nagano, Japan. The national financial systems they...
The 'C' Word (and It's Not 'Clinton')
None, except Mrs. Clinton, dare call it a "conspiracy," and perhaps wisely so. The First Lady, relying on the time-honored tactic of exaggeration for effect, has forced the media to take at least a cursory glance at the nefarious network that feeds...
The Great Smoke-Out: Minnesota Chases Big Tobacco
Conspiracy Theory No. 94: Special prosecutor Kenneth Starr was asked by the tobacco barons (for whom he has labored mightily in the past) to create a scandal to divert attention from the plight of their $45 billion industry, now on trial in Minnesota....
Tobacco Scorecard
Near the top of Congress's to-do list this year is the enactment of comprehensive tobacco-control legislation. There has al ready been wrangling about whether Congress will actually get to this dicey topic, with Senate majority leader Trent Lott warning...
Unindicted Co-Conspirator? with Millions to Burn and Suspicion to Match, Richard Scaife Feeds the Right's Fires
"The death of Vincent Foster: I think that's the Rosetta Stone to the whole Clinton Administration," ultraconservative billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife told a New York Times reporter in 1995. "There are just too many questions that have no answers."...