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Republicans Scrap Auto Anti-Discrimination Guidelines

The worry is that Republicans could now rollback any set of guidelines intended to protect the environment, public lands, and consumers.  \"This is an inappropriate and misguided use of the Congressional Review Act,\" said Representative Maxine Waters Tuesday. \"It sets a dangerous precedent.\"

Crooks at the Top

The impeccably upright Germans are reeling from a succession of financial scandals involving high-ups from the president to a Catholic bishop

The New Thatcher Era

Margaret Thatcher's influence endured long after her premiership ended. Read Amanda Foreman on her legacy and her film immortalization by Meryl Streep.

Naples Suffers as Garbage Piles Up

Tons of rotting garbage have piled up in the Cava Sari landfill just outside Naples. Since Silvio Berlusconi\'s election promise to solve the Naples garbage crisis nearly three years ago, the landfill has been used to hide the Italian government\'s unwillingness to deal with the Camorra crime syndicate. Some residents say the prime minister should fix the problem or resign.

Journal: Big Brother in Burma

In a land of government lunacy, residents need official permission to use the phone and to travel across town. An on-scene journal from beleaguered Burma.

The Tao of Junk

Pundits bemoan our trade deficit with China. But those container ships aren't heading home empty. Here's what's inside.

Mail Call: Republican Friends in High Places

Responding to our Oct. 10 cover story on recent charges of cronyism in the GOP, readers expressed indignation at what they see as an increasing abuse of power in government. Pointing to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who was recently indicted for breaking campaign-finance laws, one said, "Regardless of political affiliation, every citizen should be concerned with the damage that DeLay has done to our political system." Another said that politicians should "make decisions for the greater good...

Spinning A New Web

No one contacted heather Allison to invite her to the campaign event at the Essex bar in Manhattan. She invited herself, and was there last week, pale ale in hand. "I found out about this surfing the Web," said Allison, 25, a development officer at New York University. "As soon as I saw this on Meetup, I knew I had to come." Nationwide, thousands of Howard Dean supporters gathered at 250 such functions on the same night, drawn not by calls or cards from the campaign but by a Web site,...

Now She's Not Just Listening

To mark the first anniversary of the listening tour that launched her Senate campaign, Hillary Clinton will hit the trail again this week with another upstate New York campaign swing. But this time she won't be just listening. In recent weeks, she's gone on the attack against her new opponent, Rep. Rick Lazio. Though some advisers feared the offensive would raise her already high negative ratings, they now say the strategy is working. Hillary has warmed to the challenge, and her favorability...

Green Buds In The Mud

Hidden among the skyscrapers in downtown Seoul, the entrance to Hyundai Asan Corp. could pass for the door to a broom closet. Tucked at the end of a second-floor corridor, employees in a subsidiary of South Korea's largest conglomerate are plotting the ultimate takeover. Their target: North Korea. Hyundai wants to build a city-size industrial complex eighty kilometers across the world's most heavily defended border. Hundreds of South Korean companies would relocate to the Stalinist North,...

The High Cost Of Candor

PITY POOR ALAN GREENspan. The Federal Reserve Board chairman has taken a pummeling of late in Congress, where House Banking Committee chairman Henry Gonzalez is on the warpath against the central bank's ritual secrecy. Last week Greenspan tried his best to be responsive. On Monday, he warned publicly that higher short-term interest rates were in the offing. On Friday morning, just after the Fed's policymaking Open Market Committee voted for an immediate .25 point increase in the Fed's key...

Another Lost Generation

Jose Monterosa, a school psychologist in Ins Angeles, couldn't believe little Sonya's composure. The 11-year-old was walking home from class when a man killed her companion with a machete. The girl showed no signs of shock, and very little surprise. The reason: Sonya comes from El Salvador, says Monterosa, where she had grown accustomed to violence. For her, school in L.A. was just another Third World combat zone.Take any of the problems that beset American education: underfunding, violence,...

Coming To Terms With Japan

Fifty years later, many Americans wonder who won the war after all. They see Japan's business-suited legions conquering worldwide markets, wiping out entire U.S. industries and planting their flag on blue-chip properties all over America. The Japanese thrive by dint of virtues once considered distinctively American: hard work, thrift, ingenuity. But they sometimes appear to grasp success by underhanded means. Despite years of grudging promises to open their own markets, they still buy...

Competition: Tried And True

We are forever rediscovering old economic truths. Consider the case of Michael Porter, a respected observer of corporations who teaches at the Harvard Business School. He undertook a huge study of 10 nations to determine the secrets of economic success. The result is a book called "The Competitive Advantage of Nations."[*] And so, what creates national advantage? Porter's answer is essentially the same as Adam Smith's: competition.You should skip Porter's book if you think Japan's export...