No. It's not the furniture. It's not the bridal registry. It's not the Carnegie Hall penthouse. It's not the Inauguration Day grandstanding. It's not the 11th hour plea-copping on his Lewinsky perjury. It's the pardons, stupid.
Disquieting rumors persist that some of President Bush's advisers are eager to sign a campaign finance ``reform" bill, or at least to avoid vetoing one. Bush should beware of what Edmund Burke called ``the irresistible operation of feeble councils."
While I absolutely love the subject of politics, sometimes I hate the practice of politics, such as is being employed by the Democratic leadership in its unprincipled opposition to President Bush's tax cut and overall budget plan.
While ostentatiously pursuing an "investigation" of the Marc Rich pardon (which will lead precisely nowhere), Mary Jo White, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, has stubbornly refused to indict top Democratic and union officials directly implicated in a money-laundering scheme uncovered by her own office some years ago.
Some people may have found it an inspiring example of social conscience when various super-rich people, such as the Rockefellers, came out publicly against repealing the taxes that the federal government levies against the property left by people who have died.
Listening to the reaction of congressional Democrats to President Bush's Tuesday night speech in which he said the people, not the government, know best how to spend their own money, one would think that the tax and spend party has finally seen the light.
In an era during which political activists only want to speak on issues that make them look like nice people -- save the whales, don't cut old Redwood trees -- few are eager to push for policies that facilitate medical research with lab animals.
Advocates of affirmative action in higher education scored two debilitating triumphs in December when courts upheld the legality of racial preferences in admissions as administered at the University of Washington and the University of Michigan. A few more such victories and affirmative action will be completely incoherent.
It's a crazy world we live in, isn't it? The Clintons have participated in endless acts of corruption, from crooked land deals to miraculous hundred-thousand dollar cattle future bonanzas.
I have no great love for the SAT. I did OK, but not good enough to avoid getting rejected from every college I applied to. Ultimately, it was that awful math section. My bitterness aside, I still think it's a terrible idea to get rid of the SAT.
A novel defense has emerged for Bill Clinton's tawdry last-minute rash of pardons. Some are maintaining that since Clinton didn't grant a pardon in every case in which one of his major donors or relatives were pressing for it, he must not have been acting improperly in the ones he did grant.
In earlier, simpler times, medical privacy was no problem. Your doctor recorded the date of your visit and his diagnosis and prescriptions in his inimitable illegible handwriting and put it safely in a manila folder where only he or his nurse would ever see it and nobody else could possibly read it.
The March issue of Brill's Content, the magazine that covers and criticizes the media industry, includes a long article by Jim Edwards about the ongoing effort from some quarters of corporate America to provide more options for family television viewing.
If President Bush wants an idea of what he's up against as he seeks to refund some of the overpayments taxpayers have been making to government, he should look across the Potomac at the dilemma now facing Virginia Republican Governor Jim Gilmore.
The first salvos in a new race war will be launched this week when the Census Bureau releases its preliminary figures on the 2000 census. I'm not talking about riots in the streets, but a more sophisticated battle waged via computer programs to pack minorities into neat, compact voting blocks.
The latest "education president" (Lyndon Johnson, somewhat inauspiciously, was the first) has high and honorable intentions about upgrading public education. George W. Bush wants better results than we are accustomed to from the public schools.
In 1995 Carlos Vignali was sentenced to 15 years in prison for helping mastermind a scheme to distribute millions of dollars worth of crack cocaine. Six years later, on Bill Clinton's last day in office, he let Vignali free. When first questioned, Clinton's aides justified the decision by pointing out that this was Vignali's first offense and drug laws are too harsh in America.
Many commentators, both for and against George W. Bush's proposed tax cut, have compared his plan to Ronald Reagan's in 1981. While there is a similarity, in that both plans cut marginal income-tax rates across the board, the underlying philosophy is different.
Another nude Jesus. The Brooklyn Museum is at it again. No, it's not porn photos and elephant dung on a painting of the Virgin Mary. This time it's a naked female Jesus at the Last Supper.
This Wednesday the court will hear arguments in another case which, if sensibly decided, might effectively refute the Medford, N.J., public school that considered Zachary's literary tastes in first grade unconstitutional.
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