Short Items

The Year of Thinking Creatively

Saying Downturn Is Possible, Bush Trumpets Tax Cut

The New York Times, December 16, 2000

Buoyed by Fed Move, Bush Pushes Tax Cut

The New York Times, January 4, 2001

Citing Stock Market Rebound, Bush Promotes Tax Cut

The New York Times, February 29, 2001

Impressed by Unemployment Rise, Bush Plugs Tax Cut

The New York Times, April 1, 2001

Touring Disaster Zone, Bush Urges Tax Cut

The New York Times, May 22, 2001

Stunned by Miami Herald Vote Recount, Bush Presses Tax Cut

The New York Times, June 8, 2001

Stumbling in Polls, Bush Boosts Tax Cut

The New York Times, August 17, 2001

Meeting with Arafat, Bush Touts Tax Cut

The New York Times, October 1, 2001

Arrested for DUI, Bush Pleads for Tax Cut

The New York Times, November 8, 2001

Fearing Millennial Apocalypse, Bush Offers Tax Cut

The New York Times, December 31, 2001

--Simon Rodberg

Amazon Man

Has there ever been a more compulsively didactic politician than the onetime Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich? With plenty of time on his hands now that he isn't leading a revolution in Washington, Gingrich is reading a lot of books. When the spirit moves him, which apparently is quite often, he lets the world know of his literary assessments by posting comments in the customer review section. As first reported by Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam, Gingrich "is quick on the draw with pithy, 500-word reviews. He will never be confused with Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, but he knows what he likes, even if he sometimes has trouble articulating it." Beam then quotes a Gingrich review of John Sandford's "Prey" series: "I actually cannot tell you precisely why I like these books so much, which may be the greatest testimonial I can give them as simply good reads."

"I read two to four books a week depending on how hard they are," Gingrich told Beam. "I read light fiction very quickly but read physics or complicated management theory much slower."

For those seeking further edification, Gingrich's collected book reviews are available, of course, on his Web site,

Department of Stunning Revelations

Ashcroft vows to let laws prevail

Headline in The Boston Globe, January 17, 2001

Key to pardon is access: Many who get presidential action have connections

Headline in The Washington Post, January 22, 2001