A protest movement is fomenting at Yale University, protesting the selection of Sen. Hillary Clinton as commencement speaker. The idea of the band of conservative students is not to disrupt the commencement proceedings, but to boycott at least that part of it in which she will figure.
Well-placed Republicans are making an offer to Sen. Bob Smith they feel he should not refuse: Pull out of next year's GOP Senate primary in New Hampshire, and you will get a prestigious job in the Bush administration. Stay in the race, and you will be out of public life.
At this point, science is progressing like Germans on French soil, which is to say: unchecked. The question of how to respond has taken everybody by surprise. It was long assumed that technological advancement would increase the power of government.
President George Bush is giving every sign of an independent spirit. He had to know that his decision to reconsider regulations regarding arsenic in the drinking water would set the environmentalist hounds baying after him -- but he did it anyway. That is courage.
There are two ways to look at war. One school sees it as a temporary emergency, the result of bad people taking control of important countries and wreaking havoc. The other tends to see conflict as endemic, ingrained in human nature and the perpetual striving of peoples for power and dominion.
A few years ago I was bitterly disappointed to discover that Judge Pasco Bowman, the otherwise impeccable federal judge I clerked for after law school, had gotten a "qualified" rating from the American Bar Association. Maybe even -- God forbid -- "well qualified."
Is big money ruining politics? Do we have a political debate strangled by special interests? Here's one vision of how major corporations are blatantly promoting their own selfish agenda, doling out massive resources to back a politician who will carry their water.
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani last Tuesday mentioned two words not heard from a Republican since the days of Richard Nixon: price controls. Giuliani wants a "temporary imposition" of more stringent price controls on wholesale electric power rates in New York State. He believes that will head off a possible energy shortage in the city this summer.
Russell Crowe is a bit of a rogue. Everybody knows that. He stole Meg Ryan from her husband and then dumped her, and got the reputation of a bad boy. Roguishness never kept any good (or not-so-good) actor from getting an Academy Award, and in Hollywood it might even help.
Does anybody on the San Francisco Board of Education actually care about educating kids?
It has taken a long time for the national conscience to focus on the pretty promises and unpleasant quiddities of that famous piece of legislation known as McCain-Feingold, a bipartisan Senate bill to drive from politics demon money.
The new seven-year agreement between the Postal Service and Federal Express for FedEx to fly the PO's priority, express and first-class mail amounts to nothing less than the postal people's admission - after 226 years - that the private sector is, in fact, more efficient than the government in getting the important stuff through.
It occurs to me that if an English-speaking Martian were to visit our nation for a short while, he might reasonably conclude that Hillary Clinton and John McCain were engaging in a bipartisan contest to become President Bush's chief nemesis and general thorn in the side.
When President George W. Bush gets around to appointing federal judges, the issue of parental rights should be a major criterion. One model for what this means is contained in the principles recently outlined by the Wyoming Supreme Court.
In our hypervigilant world of zero tolerance, pedophiliac paranoia and incest sensitivity, everyone's a pervert until proven innocent. If you've had the extremely bad judgment to be born a male, you're automatically suspicious.
On Monday morning, Dec. 17, 1962, I returned from my honeymoon and found multiple phone messages from Rowly Evans on my desk in The Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau. Evans, a reporter for the New York Herald-Tribune, asked me at a subsequent lunch to collaborate with him in a daily newspaper column.
In recent days, a consensus appears to have developed in the Senate on the idea that there should be at least a $60 billion tax cut this year. This would be considerably more than George W. Bush originally proposed, but he has signaled a willingness to support speeding-up his tax plan.
The antagonism between George Bush and John McCain intensifies, and although jokes can be made about it, as was apparently done for the audience at the Gridiron Club's annual dinner last week, the joke doesn't travel too well outside the Beltway.
Physicians like to think they operate outside the grubby commercial world where the customer is always right. That is why a medical examination, ostensibly a service that you purchase from a doctor, is actually a ceremony designed to put you in your place.
"Survivor," "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," "Big Brother," etc., have become staples of our cultural consciousness. These shows - and their promise of instant fortune - float from our televisions, nourishing our secret desires for power and respect.
Last week's announcement that the Federal Reserve was only cutting interest rates by half a percentage point sent the stock market into a tailspin.
Because misery loves company, (BEG ITAL)Schadenfreude(END ITAL) is fun, and nervous Americans need some economic perspective, consider the world's second largest economy, Japan's. America's stock markets--which are not the same thing as America's economy--have entered a second troubled year.
Pharmaceutical companies live on patent protection. They make their profits in the few years they enjoy a monopoly on the drugs they have discovered. They fight fiercely to protect their turf, and give generously to politicians to make sure they protect that turf too.
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