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Help Wanted

Milwaukee resident Mary Rhoden has been on and off welfare for years. Her trouble hasn’t been getting a job. In fact, she’s had quite a few. It’s keeping them that’s the problem. The mother of five fought with her supervisor and was fired as a counselor for a teenage program. She quit as a hotel… Read more »

Why Homer’s My Hero

One week in August, the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” came in second, third, and fourth in the Nielsen ratings—topped only by “Survivor,” in which 16 strangers agreed to spend almost six weeks marooned together for the chance to win $1 million. Rounding out the top five was “Big Brother.” A “Survivor”… Read more »

The Son Also Rises

Nearly a decade ago, just before Al Gore joined Bill Clinton on the 1992 ticket, I happened to spend a day with the young senator back home in Tennessee. I was a reporter for The Chattanooga Times and had been assigned to do a “day in the life” piece on Gore; we spent most of… Read more »

Flying Too High

When John F. Kennedy, Jr. spiralled into the North Atlantic last year, there was some surprise in the press and public that he was allowed to go up into the moonless haze without the instrument training that might have allowed him to save himself and the unfortunate Bessette sisters. But the world of private flying… Read more »

The Green Monster

There is a sentence in Paul Weiler’s Leveling the Playing Field that telegraphs his pitch. Weiler is talking about the goal of his proposals to reform professional sports. “Just as we know from other areas of institutional governance,” he writes, “sports leagues have to be designed in a fashion that not only fairly distributes the… Read more »

Downsizing

We make most everything by tearing stuff apart. To make paper, we plant trees, chop them down, and send the wood through our mills. To make spoons, we yank iron up out of the earth, drop it into blast furnaces to make steel, and then mold and shape it at extreme temperatures. But what if… Read more »

Monkey See…

For a veteran of the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign, watching the 2000 edition of George W. Bush is like watching a cheesy cable-movie version of a great novel. The basics are there, but it’s a pale imitation of the real thing. From the moment he secured the nomination, in a ruthless, vicious, amoral butchering of John… Read more »

What’s hot at APSA?

How can voter interest and participation be increased? Many reformers look to the twenty-first century’s panacea to solve this problem: the Internet. Online technology has already proven its value in politics: 95 percent of gubernatorial candidates and 72 percent of Senate candidates from the two major parties ran Websites in 1998. More recently, Sen. John… Read more »

Tax Free Millionaires.

How bad is it? No one can put a precise number on lost tax revenue. But it’s bad, and getting worse. Even the IRS, which doesn’t like to acknowledge this problem for fear it will only encourage more taxpayers to cheat, admitted in 1999 that the “tax gap,” its euphemism for fraud and error, is… Read more »

Monkey See…

For a veteran of the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign, watching the 2000 edition of George W. Bush is like watching a cheesy cable-movie version of a great novel. The basics are there, but it’s a pale imitation of the real thing. From the moment he secured the nomination, in a ruthless, vicious, amoral butchering of John… Read more »