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  • Radio Free Beltway

    This is Radio Free Beltway. They are coming after us again. You can hear the guns in the distance. We will never surrender. We will ultimately prevail, as we always do. Good nigh& and God bless the Hatch Act ...
  • Playing On The 'V Word'

    For those who wanted details about what Ross Perot would do as president, here are the first few, disclosed in his chat with Barbara Walters on ABC: He'll uphold the ban on gays in the military. No homosexuals in the upper ranks of his administration. He will not "knowingly" hire an adulterer for any job. " I put a very strong store on strong moral values," said Perot. "The American people deserve better than that." ...
  • For Sun Lovers: A Yellow Badge Of Caution

    The ozone layer may look more like Swiss cheese than a protective blanket this summer, but Americans still crave the sun's potentially lethal kiss. Heedless and hedonistic, they aren't thinking about wrinkles or skin cancer as they begin the annual ritual of turning from alabaster to bronze. But this year some of the beach baskers are playing it ever so slightly safer with a new product that warns them when it's time to head for the shade. ...
  • Harried By The Mob

    Japanese movie critics are getting out of hand. Three thugs recently attacked Juzo Itami, the 59-year-old pre-eminent filmmaker ("A Taxing Woman," "Tampopo"), inflicting inch-deep knife wounds on his face and neck. Reason: Itami's newly released "Minbo No Onna" satirizes the yakuza, Japan's notorious organized-crime gangs. The attack raised troubling questions about a tough new anti-mob law-and the climate for free speech. Itami, says a source close to the yakuza, "should watch out even if he recovers from his wounds."
  • '92 Campaign Edition

    The CW is inclined to spell Ross Perot's name slightly differently: that's P-e-r-o-n as in Juan, the Argentine strongman. Adios, constitucion? NETWORKS Conventional Wisdom Perot (+) CW beginning to have its doubts, but not enough to turn his arrow yet. Bush (-) Nostalgia for Sununu: at least his "pussycat mode" had claws. Will Skinner get skinned? Clinton (-) David Frost, Hillary at Wellesley; nothing registers. Put his mug on a milk carton. J. Brown (-) You made your point. Now beat it and let your sister take over. P.S.: Au revoir, Jacques. J. Baker (+) Old CW: Won't save Haitian boat people. New CW: Will he save White House Bush people? M. Quayle (+) Articulate point person for GOP Perot-bashing. More in common with Hillary than Dan.
  • Hello, Mr. Chips

    If casino gambling is legalized in Chicago, will Native Americans get a piece of the action? Wisconsin's St. Croix Chippewa tribe wants a half-block parcel of a proposed $2 billion casino and theme-park project in the Windy City. Hilton, Caesars World and Circus Circus Enterprises first proposed the mammoth complex, which has the support of Mayor Richard M. Daley but still faces hurdles at the state level. Bally then said it wanted in because it's been based in Chicago for years. Enter the Chippewas-owners of two Wisconsin casinos-who pointed out that they were there before anyone. The original casino proponents have been cool toward the claim, but Indian groups are cheering the prospect of casino jobs.
  • The Best Team Money Can't Buy

    They're having trouble selling their sugar. They're running low on medicine and food. And their political ideology has been left on the dust heap of history. But !Madre de Dios! can the Cubans turn a double play! ...
  • Election-Year Spending Sprees

    George Bush may talk about budget cutting, but in the end he's following the same pattern as his predecessor Ronald Reagan. When an election year approaches, the government shamelessly turns on the federal money spigots to boost the economy and attract voters. Here's a look at the spending pattern since 1980:
  • It Doesn't Rock, Rattle Or Roll

    As any cruise aficionado will tell you, there's nothing quite like a vacation at sea. With all cares left on land, the footloose passenger can lie in the sun, dance till dawn, see exotic ports, be pampered day and night. Sounds perfect-- but what happens if the weather gets rough and everyone starts turning green? The owners of a new ship christened in London last week say they've thought of that. The futuristic Radisson Diamond, they trumpet, will "revolutionize the cruise-ship industry" with a design meant to ensure its 354 passengers smoother sailing. ...
  • Sympathy For The Devil's Foes

    If the Roman Catholic Church provided priests with hazardous-duty pay, those who do exorcisms would be the first to qualify. The hours are long, the work is highly stressful and-to shield themselves from cranks and the virus of vainglory--exorcists must remain anonymous. Worse yet, it now appears, exorcists don't get no respect from their own bishops. ...
  • A Mother's Guiding Message

    Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund, a Washington advocacy group, is author of "The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours." The book is a message to her three sons about their family history--she comes from a black Baptist family, her husband is Jewish--and the values she hopes they will follow. Last week she spoke to NEWSWEEK's Eleanor Clift. Excerpts: ...
  • Going Where The Surf Is Always Up

    If you think Rollerblading is too dangerous, maybe this isn't for you. California is now the home of a nascent, decidedly more taxing sport called sky surfing, which is as perilous as it sounds. Enthusiasts jump out of airplanes with five-pound "skyboards" strapped to their feet. Then they surf on wind gusts--routinely flipping upside down-and eventually parachute to the ground. But so far there are no more than 20 dedicated sky surfers in the world, because only expert sky divers are qualified to try it. The light, plastic skyboards are used because anything heavier can cause surfers, negotiating those heavy G-forces, to pinwheel helplessly through the sky. One sky surfer who dared to ride the sky on a clunky snowboard said he looked like a "big blood blister" after he landed. Meanwhile, the inevitable is happening. the world's first skyboard company is in the works in California.
  • Hypocrisy On Haiti

    Washington's welcome mat for Haitian refugees apparently depends on their VIP status. As the Bush administration announced it would close the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo, Cuba, to asylum seekers, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the navy's elite counterterrorist unit, SEAL Team-6, helped a few top officials in the Aristide government escape shortly after the coup. During the secret operation, confirmed for NEWSWEEK by Pentagon sources, SEALs slipped into Haiti and helped spirit out the political leaders by boat. "It was a textbook operation that had more than an average amount of suspense," said one Pentagon source.
  • 'You In Congress, Listen Up'

    Sounding the alarm against those who think the country is only the sum of its special interests
  • Not What The Doctor Ordered

    American drug companies are justly famous for their largesse. They entertain lavishly, they sponsor conferences and symposia, and they spend $350 million a year advertising in medical journals. Unfortunately, according to a study appearing in this week's Annals of Internal Medicine, the messages those ads convey are often dangerously unreliable. Researchers at UCLA examined a collection of prescription-drug ads from 10 leading medical journals and discovered that 92 percent violated federal rules designed to combat misleading claims. "Until existing regulations are applied rigorously," the study concludes, "the public is at risk." ...
  • Values In The Classroom

    The spring and summer of '89 were a notably sad time for young people, race relations and civic values. A band of wilding black and Hispanic youths attacked the white Central Park jogger that year, and a group of whites set upon the black 16-year-old, Yusuf Hawkins, in Bensonhurst. Norman Siegel, the executive director of the New York ACLU, was on a protest march in Brooklyn when he got the idea for an ethics program for teenagers. Several of the young men convicted in connection with the Hawkins killing had attended New Utrecht High, Siegel's alma mater, so he went there to teach his first class in racial tolerance. Siegel says the values course, which has spread to 15 other New York schools in the last three years, is "a cross between law school and 'Donahue,' with people clamoring to put [across] their point of view." ...
  • First Lady Culture Clash

    When Dan Quayle attacked Murphy Brown, some Democrats thought his real target was Hillary Clinton. Like the fictional newswoman, Hillary is a hard-charging professional who doesn't usually settle for a supporting role. Cultural pioneers get high ratings in Hollywood. But as Hillary has discovered, they make some people nervous on the campaign trail. And in a presidential race that could turn on the question of values, a candidate can ill afford to have a wife who somehow seems to symbolize the "wrong" ones. ...
  • Not Their Finest Hour

    War reporters approach books about their coverage with much the same mix of curiosity and fear they would a battlefield souvenir: wary of booby traps, but intrigued. Inevitably they are suspicious of analysts who, braving the thunder of video combat and visiting newspaper morgues, second-guess the judgment of those who actually reported the conflict. ...
  • The Books Of Summer

    It used to be easy to hype each summer's novels. A TAN-FASTIC FUN-IN-THE-SUN FICTION FIESTA. Or, HAVE A BALL WITH THIS BEACH-BAG BOOK BONANZA. This year, as the ozone layer melts away like a TV addict's attention span, all we can responsibly say is: here are some new books which you must under no circumstances take outdoors for more than five minutes without a hat and sunblock. ...