Eat, Drink And Be Wary

FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan oversees almost a quarter of the U.S. economy. Tapped for the job in the fall of 2002, McClellan handles such complex issues as cloned foods and regulating pharmacogenomics using DNA tests to tailor drugs to individual patients.

Finance Reform: Loophole Logistics

When the Supreme Court ruled on campaign-finance reform last week, the biggest surprise was that the court upheld a ban on last-minute television and radio issue ads bought with "soft money." (Ads that mention a federal candidate near an election must be paid for with "hard money"--cash raised in small amounts from individual donors--not soft money from corporations, labor groups or big donors.) But if you turn on the tube just before Election Day, you'll probably still see plenty of ads.

Hard Pill To Swallow

When Dr. Brian Bachelder moved back to Mt. Gilead, Ohio, to practice family medicine in 1984, he hoped to emulate the country doc who'd treated him as a kid.

The Litigation: Looking For Payback

When Peter Kugi decided to set up a college fund for his young son six years ago, he chose a local Milwaukee firm, Strong Capital Management. The founder, Dick Strong, had "the reputation of the guy next door who would look out for you," says Kugi.

Amending Their Ways

Matt Daniels was ahead of his time. Long before gay marriage became a potent political issue--even before it was a realistic possibility in the eyes of gay activists--Daniels worried that liberal judges might one day overturn laws barring same-sex unions.

Britain: God Save The President

Britain: God Save the PresidentIt seemed like a swell idea at the time. President George W. Bush's pageantry-filled Nov. 19 to Nov. 21 state visit to Britain was planned long before the war in Iraq--and the U.N.

Profile: A Millionaire's Last Vocation

Sir John Templeton has the kind of retirement most people dream about. On a recent afternoon, the former mutual-fund tycoon strolled the veranda of his white-columned plantation-style home in the Bahamas, gazing out over the trimmed golf course to the sparkling sea below.

A Firefight Over Abortion

For Dr. Leroy Carhart, last week was deja vu all over again. When Nebraska passed a ban on so-called partial-birth abortion in 1997, Carhart challenged it in court, contending the law was so vague it could restrict nearly all abortions after the first trimester.

Ywca: Beyond The Pool

When most people think of the YWCA, they think of swimming pools. But Patricia Ireland wanted to change that. Her presidency coincided with the group's move to Washington-a place Ireland, former president of the National Organization for Women, knows well.

Her Accidental Legacy

When 18-year-old Holly Patterson decided to end her pregnancy last month, she chose a relatively new method: the abortion pill RU-486, also known as mifepristone.

Gay Marriage: Doma Decision

When it comes to the battle over gay marriage, all eyes are on Massachusetts, where the state's highest court is expected to rule soon on whether same-sex couples can marry.

Race: Just The Beginning

Even before the ink was dry on the Supreme Court's landmark affirmative-action decision, both sides were already regrouping for the next round of attacks and counterattacks.

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

When Texans Russell Smith and John Anthony traveled to Vermont to join in a civil union in February 2002, they had all the romantic intentions of any couple exchanging "I do's." But like the 50 percent of Americans whose marriages end in divorce, Smith and Anthony later decided to call it quits.

Not Just Black &Amp; White

Sylvia Shaw had encountered plenty of obstacles on the road to medical school. But when she arrived for the first day of classes at the University of California, Davis, in the fall of 1978, she found one more: a throng of protesters and camera crews.

Upholding The Status Quo

Twenty-five years after it last ruled on racial preferences in university admissions, a divided Supreme Court today waded back into the emotional dispute over the future of affirmative action.

The War Over Fetal Rights

The Politics Of The Womb Are Becoming Ever More Personal--And Complex. The Peterson Murder Case, Changing State Laws And Startling New Science Are Causing Many Americans To Rethink Long-Held Beliefs

'The Capacity Is There'

Hadley Arkes is the author of "Natural Rights and the Right to Choose" and is a fellow in Princeton University's politics department. He has testified before Congress on behalf of anti-abortion legislation.

'When Can It Feel Pain?'

Bonnie Steinbock has written several books on medical ethics, including "Life Before Birth: The Moral and Legal Status of Embryos and Fetuses." She is chair of philosophy at SUNY Albany.

Tracking Sars

It was 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, when Dr. Michael Ryan, a contagious-disease specialist at the World Health Organization in Geneva, was jolted out of bed by a phone call.

Michigan's Day In Court

When the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases involving admissions at the University of Michigan, the legal showdown was billed as the most important test of affirmative action in 25 years.

Rumble For The Robes

When George W. Bush nominated him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in May 2001, Miguel Estrada seemed like a shoo-in. A 41-year-old Honduran immigrant with a solid resume, he'd clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, served as a federal prosecutor during Bush I and then as assistant solicitor general in the Clinton administration.

Chipping Away At Roe

When aides to Rep. Charles Canady of Florida prepared to introduce a ban on certain abortions in 1995, they couldn't find the practice in any medical textbook.

Congress: While You Were Sleeping

While most Americans were preoccupied with terrorist threats last week, House Republicans got a quiet start on their domestic agenda. Without a public hearing and only a brief floor debate, House leaders passed a new, stricter welfare-reform bill--which calls for tougher work requirements and limits on training, education and child-care funding. "I think the Republicans are using what's going on to get their goods through Customs," says Rep.

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United States: Of Politics And PanicDuct tape was adhered to America's consciousness last week, as if it were the only thing holding the country in place.

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Belarus: Lukashenko's LinksBelarus hasn't been in the limelight for a while--its appalling human-rights record and disinterest in democratic progress have largely isolated dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko.

Aids: A Crisis Gets Its Due

When George W. Bush unveiled a $15 billion AIDS-relief package in last week's State of the Union, he showed a new enthusiasm for solving the epidemic--and a willingness to buck two of his key constituencies: the pharmaceutical industry and the religious right.

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NORTH KOREAHow to Confront Kim?For the Bush administration, the worsening nuclear crisis in North Korea is turning into an exercise in frustration. For years, conservatives inside the administration have longed to face down the Stalinist state.

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