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  • May 27, 1999

    Post-Littleton Gun Vote in the Senate

    When guns became the issue of the day,
    Republicans, as is their custom, put
    Their party right behind the NRA,
    And shot themselves quite badly in the foot.

    Calvin Trillin

  • May 20, 1999

    CCA, the Sequel

    James Neal is a short, muscular man with close-cropped hair who has spent the past twelve years behind bars for armed robbery.

    Eric Bates

  • April 29, 1999

    The Guns of Littleton

    Dylan Klebold "is intelligent enough to make any dream a reality," a juvenile court counselor wrote last year.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • April 21, 1999

    The Trials of the Millennium

    As New York City braces itself for the trials of two sets of police officers accused in the injury of Abner Louima and the death of Amadou Diallo, perhaps it's time to cull a list of things we ha

    Patricia J. Williams

  • April 8, 1999

    Parents and Police

    David Dinkins, Susan Sarandon and other celebrities got the headlines, submitting to arrest at New York's One Police Plaza to protest the death of unarmed Amadou Diallo at the hands of the NYPD'

    The Editors


  • March 11, 1999

    Escalation=More Drugs

    Washington has begun the annual spring drug certification ritual.

    Eva Bertram and Kenneth Sharpe

  • February 18, 1999

    When Cops Are Killers

    "Justice for Amadou Diallo!" has been the rallying cry throughout New York since four police officers gunned down the unarmed, 22-year-old West African immigrant as he stood outside his Bronx ap

    Angela Ards

  • February 4, 1999

    Going for the Gunmakers

    A short walk from my home in New Haven stands the farm of that prototypical Connecticut Yankee, Eli Whitney. In 1798 Whitney hit on a bold new scheme: interchangeable parts for muskets.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • January 21, 1999

    Justice Over-Decorated Is Justice Denied

    Chief Justice Rehnquist now presides.
    He rules the chamber that decides
    If Clinton should remain or go.
    This role's important, that we know.

    Calvin Trillin

  • January 21, 1999

    Friends, Romans, Countrymen

    The networks are busy interviewing everyone with a law degree about what to expect from the impeachment trial of President Clinton.

    Patricia J. Williams