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Cover Stories

Timeline (1787-1998)

by The Editors

Cover Story Sidebar | 1787 The Constitution of the United States is ratified, and although political parties are not mentioned, the American party system is born. Throughout the…

Cover Stories

Campaign 2000

by The Editors

Cover Story | The price of attending a baseball game has escalated dramatically in recent years. One series of commercials shows the cost of tickets, food, and souvenirs,

In this issue: "Campaign 2000," July 29, 2000


Death of the parties?

National | The presidential primary system-characterized by a fundraising marathon, small-state sprint, and media beauty contest-has virtually displaced the role of the…

Changing how we choose

National | Weighing the pros and cons of various proposals to change the way America picks its presidents

Making a point, or Making policy

National | Education is not enough: Third-party campaigns serve a useful purpose, but when the time comes to craft public policy, the real work happens inside the…

Placating the religious right (1796-1800)

By Marvin Olasky

Politics | John Adams defeated Thomas Jefferson in the 1796 presidential campaign, and the rematch four years later was particularly intense. Yale president Timothy…

Going negative (1824-1828)

By Marvin Olasky

Politics | In 1824 President Monroe announced that he would maintain the tradition set by Washington of two terms and out. The presidential campaign thus opened with…

Good as gold (1892-1896)

By Marvin Olasky

Politics | Grover Cleveland recaptured the White House in the 1892 election, but his second term was wrecked by economic depression. Perhaps 20 percent of the industrial…

TR: Bullets and ballots (1912-1916)

By Marvin Olasky

Politics | In 1912 Theodore Roosevelt's successor, William Howard Taft, disappointed him. Roosevelt also disliked Woodrow Wilson, calling him a "Byzantine logothete" (by…


By The Editors

National | "Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." -Political satirist P.J. O'Rourke Or ... put another way two…

Who will rule the House?

By Bob Jones

National | With reporters emphasizing the presidential horserace, battles within key congressional districts are underreported. First in a series that will continue to…

More politics, less reporting

By Tim Graham

National | Why won't they just admit it? Journalists don't merely "cover" politics, they shape the political agenda

Blue Nile Blackout II

By Mindy Belz

International | Even where there is a will, the way to help southern Sudan is long and treacherous

Learning the hard way

By Mindy Belz

International | Landmines make war on Sudan's innocent

The Clinton Factor: Gore's albatross, Bush's advantage

National | Bill Clinton won't go away, and every time George W. Bush talks about restoring "honor and dignity" to the White House, he reminds voters why. As the fall…

Confessions of a Convention junkie

By Gene Edward Veith

National | Today, mainstream media sources filter out the best part of the messy glory of participatory democracy


Leaders or followers?

By Joel Belz

If the courtroom was a microcosm, we need a lot of help

Consolation prize

By Timothy Lamer

A good first start, but more is needed to "save" Social Security

Wedge issues

By Nancy R. Pearcey

An intelligent discussion with Intelligent Design's designer

Working the system

By Marvin Olasky

The praying tailback gains yardage whenever he can


Political Bios

By The Editors

Culture | Recent political biographies of Democrat presidential candidate Al Gore and Republican contender George W. Bush

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