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Wolves in cheap clothing: in search of substance in the new downscale style

Wolves in cheap clothing: in search of substance in the new downscale style – Cover Story Katherine Boo In search of substance in the new downscale style With hundreds of nightclubs in Manhattan alone-clubs with palm trees, red velvet, strobe lights, men showering in litde glass stalls–you’d think there’d be no shortage of places for […]

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Impact: how the press affects federal policy making.

Impact: how the press affects federal policy making. – book reviews Jonathan Alter Impact: How the Press Affects Federal Policy Making When reportersget together to drink and complain, the subject occasionally turns to the issue of power–our power. Of course we have it, most will argue. If we don’t, what the hell are we doing […]

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why Virginia is tilting toward Kerry

Rebels in Izods: why Virginia is tilting toward Kerry Benjamin Wallace-Wells The strangest thing about states is that they actually have characteristics. Start on the bank of a rivet-, sweep down over thousands of square miles of American turf, farms, suburbs, and cities, and stop at a line of longitude; it’s not exactly a likely […]

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Dossier: The Secret History Of Armand Hammer.

Dossier: The Secret History Of Armand Hammer. – book reviews Michael Ybarra Anyone who ever paid the old, steep ($9, if memory serves) admission to the Armand Hammer Museum of Art in Los Angeles knows what it was like to be cheated by the master himself. Despite dabbling in the art business for more than […]

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The powers that shouldn’t be; five Washington insiders the next Democratic president shouldn’t hire

The powers that shouldn’t be; five Washington insiders the next Democratic president shouldn’t hire Paul Glastris The Powers that Shouldn’t Be Given he was garnering about 2 percent in national polls, it may have seemed a bit premature for former Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt to have started naming possible cabinet appointments last July. During a […]

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David Rieff’s muddled second thoughts on humanitarian intervention

From Sarajevo to Baghdad: David Rieff’s muddled second thoughts on humanitarian intervention Jacob Heilbrunn At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention By David Rieff Rowman & Littlefield Publishers $29.95 David Rieff is always a pleasure to read. In a field distinguished mostly by the clotted prose and lawyerly analysis of think […]

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The Times Of My Life

The Times Of My Life – Review Harry C. Jr. McPherson THE TIMES OF MY LIFE by Max Frankel Random House, $2995 Max Frankel’s autobiography is a combination of virtues. One is the story of a refugee from Nazi Germany, saved by his mother’s guile and tenacity in finding cracks in the wall of totalitarian […]

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Bright lights, small villages: why helping Africa get solar power is good for America

Bright lights, small villages: why helping Africa get solar power is good for America Nicholas Thompson IN MOST WAYS, PATRIENSA IS JUST ANOTHER tiny town amidst lush fanning land in the Ashanti region of Ghana: a remote part of a I remote country where per-capita income is less than a dollar a day. The day […]

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An offer he can’t refuse? – Tidbits & Outrages – alleged member of Gambino crime family offers machine to aid in World Trade Center clean-up operations

An offer he can’t refuse? – Tidbits & Outrages – alleged member of Gambino crime family offers machine to aid in World Trade Center clean-up operations – Brief Article An alleged member of the Gambino crime family, jailed since March 2000, offered New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani use of a $6 million steel-shredding machine […]

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BLACK LUNG: Anatomy of a Public Health Disaster. – Review

BLACK LUNG: Anatomy of a Public Health Disaster. – Review – book reviews Robert Weissman BLACK LUNG: Anatomy of a Public Health Disaster By Alan Derickson Cornell University Press, $29.95 Black’s law dictionary says that “criminal homicide constitutes manslaughter when it is committed recklessly.” Criminal homicide constitutes murder when “it is committed recklessly under circumstances […]