Al Gore has made his share of verbal gaffes. In 1993, he needed a curator to identify the bust of George Washington when he visited Monticello. The following year, he mistranslated "e pluribus unum," as "out of one, many."
Republican senators facing re-election killed an appropriations bill not because they oppose a salary increase for them contained in the bill, but because they don't want to pass it without also raising the minimum wage.
The recent justifiable outcry about the irresponsibility of the entertainment industry in feeding young people a steady diet of calloused violence and cheap sex would have more moral standing if it did not also reveal the double standards in the media and in politics.
East Coast conservatives cheered last week after the primary election loss of political turncoat Rep. Mike Forbes of New York. "His stunning defeat has national implications," the Wall Street Journal's John Fund wrote in his online campaign diary.
Vice President Al Gore and his eternally troubled running mate Joe Lieberman have threatened to sic the Federal Communications Commission on Hollywood for engaging in false and deceptive advertising in its portrayals of violence.
Abstinence education is spreading rapidly in public schools all over the country, but the pressures are great for schools to continue teaching the "comprehensive," explicit, condom/contraceptive curricula that have been used for the last 20 years with such unhappy results.
Now is a striking moment in our cultural history. The cover of Time magazine asks "Should unhappy parents stay hitched?" and inside, citing the latest installment of Dr. Judith Wallerstein's 25-year study of children of divorce, suggests for the most part, yes.
Now that the repellent jingoism that the Nazis, then the Soviets, then the rest of us, brought to the Olympics has receded to tolerable excess, I wondered why these Olympics so quickly became so uninteresting. Their television ratings are down. Newspaper readership of the games' coverage is flat.
The Federal Trade Commission has just released its year-long study showing how Hollywood's film industry, the music industry and the video-game industry have been deliberately targeting and marketing all manner of filth and violence to America's children.
Rep. Jim Rogan, R-Calif., calls his re-election effort "my great experiment in politics." The experiment is to discover whether voters want to be represented by a man who is willing to do what he believes is right even if it could cost him public office.
In the years since I served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Bush administration, I have told thousands of people the story of Alice Frazier, a remarkable African-American woman who lives in southeast Washington, D.C.
(SET ITAL) What about that kiss? (END ITAL) It is widely assumed in America these days that women went into a collective swoon for Al Gore when he kissed his wife. But there is apparently no evidence to support this. A Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll asked whether people were familiar with The Kiss.
Defenders of abortion rights think the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act is just another tactical ploy in the abortion wars. In part it is. Opponents of abortion want to see if the abortion lobby is really going to come out against a proposed law that simply says babies born alive are persons
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