Chris Black

Chris Black spent many years as a political reporter for The Boston Globe and is a former correspondent for CNN.

Recent Articles

Where's Bill?

F ormer president Bill Clinton was enjoying a holiday break in Mexico with his wife and daughter when an SUV killed his chocolate lab, Buddy, near his home in Chappaqua, New York. If the dog had not died, few would have known that Clinton was on vacation. A year earlier, he could not travel a city block without a motorcade and the White House press pool following him. Bill Clinton and Al Gore, the duo who dominated Democratic politics from the White House for eight years, have virtually disappeared from public view. At the memorial services held after September 11, they played their silent roles as extras, part of an appropriate bipartisan tableau of national mourning. But as the Bush administration systematically reverses many policy positions of the Clinton-Gore years through executive order, legislation, and regulation, the men who prided themselves on remaking the Democratic Party are AWOL, focusing on the personal rather than the political. Those close to Clinton say he...

The Partial-Birth Fraud

The article was buried far down in section a of The New York Times on Wednesday, February 26, 1997. But it hit supporters of abortion rights like a punch to the gut. Ron Fitzsimmons, executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, admitted that he lied when he'd said that partial-birth abortions were rare and performed primarily to save the lives and preserve the health of women with badly deformed fetuses. In other interviews, he said he had parroted the pro-choice line and "lied through my teeth." The procedure, he said, was far more common than the abortion-rights movement had acknowledged and was used routinely by some doctors to abort the healthy fetuses of healthy women. The Times article was yet another anti-abortion victory in the most serious assault on legal abortion since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the rights of millions of Jane Roes back in 1973. The battle over the partial-birth procedure dominated abortion politics from 1995 to June of 2000--...