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  • January 6, 2000

    Who Owns the Fourth Estate?

    Dentists and cardiologists warn their patients about plaque, harmful to both teeth and arteries.

    Carlin Romano

  • January 6, 2000

    Brownout at School

    The Color of School Reform represents the kind of scholarship that by rights should influence the design of smart policy.

    David Kirp

  • January 2, 2000

    A Far-Right Nominee Who’s All Wrong

    How ironic that Ashcroft's supporters now ask that he be treated with kid gloves during his own nomination hearings.

    Robert Scheer

  • December 15, 1999

    The Prattle on Seattle

    The ideological rigidity that governs punditocracy trade debate transcends right/left dichotomies.

    Eric Alterman


  • December 9, 1999

    The Battle Beyond Seattle

    A little broken glass in the streets of Seattle has transformed the World Trade Organization into a popular icon for the unregulated globalization that tramples human values on every continent, a

    William Greider

  • December 9, 1999

    The Politics of Food

    Case sawed shakily at his steak, reducing it to uneaten bite-sized fragments, which he pushed around in the rich sauce…. “Jesus,” Molly said, her own plate empty, “gimme that.

    Maria Margaronis

  • December 9, 1999

    Food Fight Comes to America

    As the international uprising against genetically engineered (GE) foods continues to grow, the worst fear of US government and business officials is that the commotion abroad will awaken American

    Maria Margaronis

  • December 2, 1999

    Blowjobs and Snow Jobs

    If the sixties were the age of the war reporter and the seventies the age of the investigative reporter, then the late nineties may go down in history as the age of the blowjob reporter.

    Eric Alterman

  • December 2, 1999

    Stop-Time in the Levant

    It is remarkable to what extent almost anything having to do with the Middle East in this country–be it political, cultural, historical or even personal–is permeated by the triumphalist vision

    Ammiel Alcalay