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Hill of Beans: Air Time; ‘Oomble

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The most important item in President Bush’s State of the Union speech last week (aside, of course, from his de facto declaration of war on Iraq) may have been his announcement of a $1.2 billion pilot research program for developing hydrogen-powered cars. That is because it makes no sense. Either it’s nothing–what Sen. Daniel Patrick [&hellip
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Hill of Beans: Roe, Roe, Roe

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Six Democratic presidential candidates had their first high-profile get-together last week at a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, staged by the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL). They didn’t look good. How could they have? In a month or so, Congress will pass–and President Bush will sign–a ban on partial-birth abortion. [&hellip
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Hill of Beans: No Action

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Last week, President Bush submitted two amicus curiae briefs to the Supreme Court, regarding the University of Michigan’s affirmative action program. The controversial admissions program ranks applicants on a 150-point scale, and awards a 20-point "bonus" right off the bat to blacks and selected other minorities. The admissions regime once had two tracks–one for whites [&hellip
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Hill of Beans: Lugnuts in Power

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Since the high-tech Bonanza began in the early 1990s, American journalists have become more European in their vacation habits. Increasingly, you’ll ask why you haven’t seen So-and-So’s byline in weeks, and you’ll be told, "Oh, he has a place in Tuscany for July and August." The evidence of this Christmas is that the idleness is [&hellip
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Cuomo Drowns; Bush’s “Summit”

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

A few years ago, the French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut wrote of the conformist nonconformism that is the hallmark of political correctness, "We taunt traditions that are extinct, we delight in fearlessly provoking antiquated prejudices–because we can’t any longer even imagine the human adventure except in terms of a battle of liberation that the living wage [&hellip
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Left? Right? Which?

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

The great warning in Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, as every schoolchild used to know, concerns the "tyranny of the majority." In democratic societies like ours, any specimen of greed, self-righteousness or spite that wins the support of 51 percent of the people can be deployed to humiliate the remaining 49. The problem is even graver [&hellip
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Tihs Is Mee; Revenue Rock

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Massachusetts – By last weekend, Democrats were just beginning to realize that the corporate corruption scandals were not going to result in an automatic electoral windfall. Republicans have a structural advantage, thanks to the recent census that adds congressional seats to the Southern states. So if Democrats are going to take the House back in [&hellip
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