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July 5, 1999 Issue


  • Features

    Electoral College Dropouts

    When Americans go to the polls next November to choose a President, virtually every citizen over the age of 18 will have the opportunity to cast a ballot. But while the rules of U.S.

    Matthew Hoffman

  • Bill Bradley: Can He Get Into the Game?

    On April 30, 1992, Bill Bradley strode to the podium of the US Senate. The previous night, riots had erupted in Los Angeles following a not-guilty verdict in the first Rodney King trial.

    David Corn

  • Editorials

    Showdown in Pristina

    The Russian contingent that declared its sovereignty over Pristina's airport is a stark sign of how deeply the Kosovo war has eroded the already deteriorating US-Russian relationship.

    the Editors

  • Third Way–Dead End?

    In the week preceding the European parliamentary elections, Tony Blair and Gerhard Schröder produced a joint declaration, called "Europe, the third way, die neue Mitte" (the new mid

    Daniel Singer

  • CUNY Under Attack

    The politics of America's largest urban university have entered a restless, disordered, tumultuous period, a violent whirlpool from which it seems unable to extricate itself.

    Frederick S. Lane

  • A Hard Schooling

    I come here and discover that you are merely another fraud in the city university system. Of the 150 receiving degrees today, you hold only 191 jobs. That is less than two jobs per student.

    Jimmy Breslin

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  • Books and the Arts

    Octopussy by Other Means

    In the movie that has been assigned to us to write about, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Mike Myers from Saturday Night Live plays a secret agent named Austin Powers.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Cables Coming in From the Cold

    Nearly four years ago, soon after the initial public release by the National Security Agency (NSA) of its long-secret Venona archive--decoded Soviet intelligence messages transmitted by telegraph

    Walter Schneir and Miriam Schneir

  • Eat, Drink and Be Chary

    J.M. Coetzee's new novella, The Lives of Animals, must be some kind of first.

    Benjamin Kunkel

  • Indian Music, Sans Sitar

    I am an artless serf of Cupid. So are you and your mama--but not Vikram Seth.

    Amitava Kumar

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