April 13, 1997
Campaigns & Elections
The 105th Congress
Clinton Policy Proposals
Clinton: Political Centrist
Computers & Redtape
Justice By The Numbers
On The Docket
Internet: Regulating Cyberspace
Balanced Budget Amendment
Consumer Price Index
From the National Journal:
An in-depth profile of Senator John McCain. What would be the
consequences of giving political candidates .. TV air time? A look at
the impact of base closing on local communities, and how they are
coping. The latest controversy surrounding the future of the Tennessee
From The Washington Post: An analysis of the "line item
veto" decision handed down by a federal
district court this past week. What are the factors behind Janet Reno's
continued reluctance to appoint a
special prosecutor to investigate Democratic Party campaign
fundraising? At what point should job safety take precedence over
enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act?
From The Los Angeles Times: An article on a brewing
constitutional controversy in Minnesota about the respective powers of
judges and prosecutors. Articles on the impact of federal welfare
reform on local government, and the choices facing state agencies who
must implement provisions of
Proposition 209. Ronald Brownstein highlights the quiet debate about
the future of social
security now taking place in Congress.
The Washington Post
Judge Strikes Down Line-Item Veto Law In
a move that strikes at the core of the nation's founding document, a
federal judge ruled the line-item veto to be unconstitutional. Among
the questions thereby raised: Does Congress have the right to cede part
of its Constitutionally delegated authority?
Disabilities Act Dilemma: Job Rights vs. Job Safety Maximizing
individual rights and opportunities is an American tradition. Recent
lawsuits involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, however, reveal
how that laudable goal may conflict with public safety and other public
In Funds Probe Decision, Reno Defers to Career Staff Relations
between career officials and political appointees are a little-noticed
but highly important aspect of how bureaucracy works. Attorney General
Janet Reno's handling of the campaign-finance controversy offers
insight into those relations.
The Lone RangerIn
a Congress where members face pressure to be deal-makers, team players,
or partisan warriors, John McCain stands out. This article profiles the
Arizona Republican, who figures importantly in the campaign-finance
debate--and who may run for president.
Tuning Out .. TV At
least since the Nixon-Kennedy debates, few people have doubted that
television changes American politics, often for the worse. Even so,
some argue that TV's role in the campaign-finance morass, and in the
solution to that problem, may be rather modest.
Baseless Concerns Weaning
a community's economy from its reliance on military spending need not
be all that painful--as the experience of Long Beach, California, makes
plain. That city's experience also demonstrates the need for a strong
public sector to plan and manage that conversion process.
TVA's Bid Opens Floodgates of DebateA
legacy of the New Deal and a monument to "big government," the
Tennessee Valley Authority now aims to reduce its scope. But it appears
unlikely to enjoy smooth sailing along the way, either politically or
The Los Angeles Times
Profound L.A. Effect Seen From Welfare Reform The
effects of a policy as complex and decentralized as welfare reform are hard to predict. But according to one study of the probable effects in
Los Angeles--a major laboratory for looking at this policy--reform may prove dire at both a human and an economic level.
Agencies Left to Sort Out How to Obey California's
Proposition 209 directs the public sector in that state to end all preferences based on race. But what constitutes a preference? Various
agencies, including universities, must now contend with the messy details of that sweeping directive.
Bitter Debate Over Judicial Discretion Divides MinnesotaGreat
conflicts between the branches of American government take place at the local as well as the national level. In Minnesota, for example,
prosecutors have accused some judges of usurping executive-branch authority.
Conservatives Want Risks of Old Age Assumed by People, Not Government The
two largest federal entitlement programs--Social Security and Medicare--stem from a basic policy principle: the mandatory pooling of
risk. In the name of individual rights, many conservatives are attacking that principle and seeking to alter those programs.