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  • January 14, 1999

    One Lesson of the Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton

    The middle names we have are, as a rule,
    Obscure, pretentious, odd or just not cool.
    So someone named John Bloomingblaise McGill

    Calvin Trillin

  • January 14, 1999

    The People vs. Larry Flynt?

    I didn't realize how much I was counting on Larry Flynt until I noticed I had spent Monday evening trying to find on the Web or TV a report of the much-anticipated news conference in which h

    Katha Pollitt

  • January 14, 1999

    Republic on Trial

    The most astonishing thing about the farcical and disgraceful--but extremely dangerous--impeachment proceedings in Washington is that they are happening at all. The country is at peace.

    Jonathan Schell

  • January 7, 1999

    McCain

    So now comes forward John McCain,
    A high-tech version of Gawain
    When with his steed, a Navy plane.
    He says he's forming his campaign

    Calvin Trillin

  • January 7, 1999

    Inaugurals

    Twenty-six years ago, when the world was young, Jerry Brown began his reign in Sacramento and, even though I wrote some rude things about him at the time, life was certainly fun.

    Alexander Cockburn

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  • January 7, 1999

    Republic on Trial

    The other day Linda Douglass, the Congressional correspondent for ABC News, commented to Peter Jennings that some "conservative" Republican senators were opposed to a plan that Senate majorit

    Jonathan Schell

  • December 24, 1998

    Rehnquist’s Impeachment Gavel

    William Rehnquist was Richard Nixon's chief legal strategist when Nixon appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1971.

    Bruce Neuborne

  • December 24, 1998

    Our Bloodless Coup

    People warn that a Senate impeachment trial will effectively shut down the government, involving as it would the Supreme Court and tying up the World's Greatest Deliberative Body for weeks or

    Arthur Miller

  • December 24, 1998

    Historic Question Department, 11th-Grade Division

    In every century, it seems,
    The Constitution's put to test.
    Important questions must be asked,
    And ours is, "Did he touch her breast?"

    Calvin Trillin

  • December 24, 1998

    Land of Dreams

    Anyone who decides to add his drop to the tidal wave of commentary on the impeachment of President Clinton must acknowledge, at the outset, a built-in difficulty.

    Jonathan Schell