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Articles from Vol. 275, No. 23, December 30

A New New Deal? (Comment)
The same week that New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced his plans to close eight city firehouses, Mike Wallace, John Jay College professor and bard of New York, held a conference on "New York City and the New Deal" at the CUNY Graduate Center....
Independent's Day: Minnesota's Dean Barkley Represents a Movement with a Strong State Foothold
Dean Barkley has been trying to get into the US Senate from Minnesota since 1994, when he ran for the office as a third-party candidate. While that campaign didn't succeed, it did get major-party status for Barkley's fledgling Independence Party...
Iraq after D-Day: The Cordesman Memo
Napoleon would sketch out in an afternoon the new constitution and legal arrangements for one of France's imperial conquests. In Washington today, there's no such panache, no Jacques-Louis David limning Bush in imperial drapery and resplendent crown...
Literary Hero
* Angus Cameron, who died at the age of 93, was not the stereotypical victim of McCarthyism. He chose to walk away from a job in publishing at the peak of his career rather than compromise his principles. Cameron, an Indiana-born "radical Marxist,"...
Lott Should Resign
Among the obscenities accumulating in the political atmosphere, the most disgusting may be Trent Lott. He is a racist--actually an unreconstructed segregationist--and he is about to become again the majority leader of the Senate. We knew the truth...
Making the Connections. (Comment)
A sense of the larger picture is growing among US citizens, notably, though not only, among a young generation, along with a revulsion against official and corporate contempt for the will and welfare of ordinary citizens, for the value of human...
Mamet Goes Wildeing
FAR AWAY * BOSTON MARRIAGE The great disparity in the critical reaction to Caryl Churchill's Far Away, now playing Off Broadway, serves to remind us that opinions are just that--neither right nor wrong, but rather well argued or not. However,...
Reasons for Doubt
When I was in college, I joined a court-watching project in Roxbury, Massachusetts. We observed criminal trials, then interviewed judges, lawyers and witnesses. During one unforgettable interview, a judge told me he never worried about cases coming...
Show-and-Tell Time
For a brief moment one could almost believe that the US march toward war with Iraq had paused. The United Nations inspection regime was up and running, and the Iraqi government had produced 12,000 pages of documents by the December 8 deadline. ...
The Evil of Access: Campaign Finance Reform Can Succeed-But Only If the Pressure Stays On
Among the least-discussed numbers from November 5 is $184 million--the amount by which Republican national committees out-spent their Democratic equivalents. And with President Bush loudly beating his war drums, who heard any discussion about the...
The Hungry Physician. (Comment)
It seemed like a straightforward invitation. Dinner at an upscale uptown restaurant, sponsored by a drug company, where the topic was to be financial planning. "What's the harm in going?" I said to my wife, also a physician, born in Moscow, who...
The Three Mile Island of Biotech? (Articles)
Hamilton County, Nebraska, is where food comes from. You can visit the Plainsman Museum on Highway 14 to learn about "farm life from the 1880s to the 1950s," or you can just drive on up the highway and learn about farm life in 2002 at any of the...
Where Were the Women? Their Support of Democrats Declined in 2002, Helping to Sink the Party's Fortunes
Historically, the Democratic Party has relied upon women voters to provide it with winning margins in national elections. This November, however, women were less enthusiastic about the Democrats than previously, a situation that, unless corrected...
Will Democrats Step Up?
It's still the economy, stupid. The President gets it. The victory balloons from 2002 were still afloat when he sacked his economic team and named a new batch of former CEOs and Ford Administration retreads to "sell his economic program." And new...