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Archives from 2000
Cops and Dogs
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
In California, as in most states, any election aftermath involves a wan hunt for silver linings. As always, it’s hard to find them. Gays will have to book flights to Vermont and take up residence there, in the hopes of someday securing legal sanction for their union...
Eugenics: The Impulse Never Dies
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
In Monroe, Louisiana, Kathy Looney, 29, convicted of abusing three of her eight children, was ordered at the end of February to undergo medical sterilization or face lengthy jail time. District Judge Carl V. Sharp issued a 10-year suspended sentence and placed Looney on f...
IRA’s Bum Rap
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The suspension of the 10-week old coalition government in Northern Ireland has seen the stampeding of public opinion here in the United States into denunc...
Crazed Cops; Fallen “Heroes”
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
A cop would probably say it’s unfair, just coincidence, but the news stories are coming over the brow of the hill, shoulder to shoulder, and they...
The Inflation of Dollar Bill Bradley
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
It’s one of the marvels of the season that Bill Bradley has been able to muster to his cause such bankable liberal names as Senator Paul Wellstone, Prof. Cornel West, Robert Reich and the editor of The Nation, Katrina vanden Heuvel. This passion for Bradley is stran...
Is Ashcroft an Extremist?
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The liberal public interest outfits have rushed to the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify on the theme that John Ashcroft, Bush’s nominee to run the Justice Department, is athwart the national consensus, “too extreme” to be confirmed as US Attorney Ge...
How the Pentagon Fixed the Star Wars Test
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
After pledging to veto this year’s Pentagon budget, on October 25 Bill Clinton obediently put his name to $267.7 billion worth of waste and theft. Included in this immense sum is no less than $3.3027 billion for ballistic missile defense research and development. No...