much heaving and grunting, special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald has lifted
one corner of the rock under which White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove
has wriggled lo these past two years. Mr. Rove was revealed, in a Newsweek story by Michael Isikoff, to
have served as one of Read More
A piece of treacherous language has made its way into our public discourse. Where once words such as “religion,” “Christianity” and “Judaism” were heard, public figures now speak of “persons of faith” or “people of faith,” “the faith community” and “faith-based.” Moreover, anything “faith-based” is axiomatically good, and anyone who questions the presumption Read More
As thousands of visitors wine and dine each other during convention week, here’s a statistic that ought to inspire more than a little reflection: More than 500,000 New York City kids are going to bed hungry every night. That’s over 25 percent of our city’s children.
Even as we celebrate the city’s recovery from the Read More
The question of whether or not one of this nation’s 66 million Roman Catholics is fit to receive his church’s most sacred sacrament would seem parochial in the extreme. And yet, the news channels, mainstream journals of opinion and op-ed pages are filled with commentary regarding the state of John Kerry’s soul.
Conservative commentators and Read More
What kind of government would condone a political crime that may have endangered human lives and damaged national security?
That awful question now arises in the strange case of Valerie Plame, the C.I.A. agent whose cover was blown by two “senior administration officials” last July with leaks to Robert Novak. Revealing her name to Read More
Should the national media ever manage to transcend the current
preoccupation with the personal affairs of a certain Congressman, perhaps the
time will come when attention turns again to an equally intriguing topic: the
twisted politics of confessed F.B.I. traitor Robert P. Hanssen.
Emerging almost unnoticed in recent weeks were three strange
but significant Read More
These are difficult times at The American Spectator , rough-riding journal of the rabid right. The conservative monthly and its parent foundation are anticipating the scrutiny of Federal authorities because of their role in the so-called “Arkansas Project”–the four-year, $2.4 million effort to undermine President Bill Clinton funded by Pittsburgh heir Richard Mellon Scaife. Allegations Read More
On the street, in the subway, through the halls of New York University, your reasonably attentive columnist hasn’t overheard one single word on the subject of Iraq, the United Nations weapons inspections, the possibility of war. Not one bloody word, not one patient or pacific word-no word at all. For all the furrowed United Nations Read More
Teddy Roosevelt, all barrel of chest and pince of nez, dropped by the living room the other day, courtesy of the folks who run public television. Now there was a man who enjoyed politics and government and power. There was none of the silly pretense that he “entered public service” because he was “looking to Read More