Heidi Pauken

Heidi Pauken is an assistant editor at the Prospect.

Recent Articles

The Students' Rep

The Capitol Hill office of Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) looks like nothing so much as a college bookstore without the books. Her University of Wisconsin-Madison pennant is proudly displayed, along with the matching stuffed bear, football and autographed basketball and football. A poster behind the reception desk proclaims that the Madison Area Technical College makes "everyday heroes." A visiting student would feel comfortable here -- a good thing, considering Baldwin needs student votes and works hard to get them.


"I'm not a big fan of the United Nations. But if the UN was good for anything, it would be something like this. Since the UN was no good for this, maybe they're good for nothing."

-- Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), on the eve of war in Iraq

Cloning Confusion

It should come as no surprise that cloning foe Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and research advocate Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) used entirely different terminology when they spoke at news conferences last Wednesday. Brownback knows he can pack a far stronger punch bellowing about a "threat to the sanctity of life" than speaking carefully -- as Feinstein did on Wednesday -- about "nuclear transplantation." In the coming months, Brownback and his allies will seek a complete ban on cloning research. And they're going to play word games to get it.