March 1999


  • Lynne Cheney, Policy Assassin

    Jonathan Chait

    Her role is simple but important: produce a steady supply of screeds for major media outlets claiming that our culture has been commandeered by the left. But there is often less to Lynne Cheney’s work than meets the eye. 
  • Rush from Judgment

    James Fallows

    We used to expect reporters and editors to place events in their proper context. Post-O.J., post-Diana, and soon (we hope) post-Monica, perhaps it’s time to ask: What happened to news judgment?
  • Exhuming McCarthy

    Joshua Marshall

    By encouraging Joe McCarthy and his red baiting tactics in the 1950s, conservatives embarrassed themselves. Emboldened by new evidence, they’re going to embarrass themselves again. 
  • Muddy Waters

    Peter Schrag

    New data show just how successful affirmative action programs have been at elite colleges and universities. Too bad those data might not have much relevance for the current debate over preferences in higher education. 
  • We Are All Third Wayers Now

    Robert Reich

    The Third Way doesn’t have to be market conservatism in centrist clothing.
  • Forty Acres and a Sheepskin

    Merrill Goozner

    Redistributing income has always been difficult politics, but recent books propose a host of wealth-building ideas that may have some purchase even in today’s free market political environment. 
  • The Storm Amid the Calm

    Paul Starr

  • Recasting the Stones

    Kate Cambor

    In our multicultural society, traditional monuments may no longer possess the unifying power they once did. Some projects by contemporary artists suggest a way around this conundrum. 
  • Devil in the Details

    Kate Cambor

  • Investor Illiteracy

    Bernard Roshco

    The great bull market of the 1990s has generated euphoria in millions of inexperienced investors and laid the groundwork for privatization of Social Security. But extensive poll data suggest that investor expectations are grossly unrealistic.
  • Green Herring

    Nicholas Confessore

    Is the Green Party the worst threat to progressive politics since Reagan or its best hope since the New Deal?
  • Mississippi Waltz

    Robert Dreyfuss

    While the House Republican leadership imploded after the 1998 elections, the Senate majority leader kept a low profile. Despite his reputation as a conservative ideologue, Trent Lott is a big-money pragmatist—some would say an opportunist.
  • Care and Trembling

    Deborah Stone

    As provision of care for the sick and the elderly moves from the domestic sphere to the public realm and the market, caregivers often find themselves in the role of bedside bureaucrats.
  • Is He a Soul Man?

    Randall Kennedy

    As Democrats’ most loyal constituency, blacks have rallied around the President during his political crisis, even (some argue) going so far as to confer on him honorary black status. Maybe blacks are selling their political capital too cheaply.