Down Year for Dynasties

Presidential Gifts

Divided We Stand

Republicans and Democrats should be careful what they wish for

Suspended Sentencing

The consequences of "the single most irresponsible decision in the modern history of the Supreme Court"

The X Factor

Americans probably care less about Teresa Heinz Kerry's outspokenness than about her exoticism. The question is what they think of it

"To Hell With Lipitor!"

Medicare reform—an explanation

The Crusader

Eliot Spitzer, the attorney general of New York, has risen to national prominence by emulating Teddy Roosevelt and fearlessly taking on powerful interests. His aggressiveness has made him a lot of enemies—but it may propel him to the governor's mansion and beyond

The Stakes in 2004

The coming presidential election may be the most important in generations

The Natural

Why is Barack Obama generating more excitement among Democrats than John Kerry?

Dixie Chicks

A new kind of Democrat is emerging in the South—and she's no shrinking violet

Who Will be the Next President?

The market speaks

Nader Republicans

Rumsfeld’s Rules Revisited

Adult-Male-Elephant Diplomacy

Colin Powell talks about Iraq, the Cold War, his place in the Administration, and chilling "the ambitions of the evil"

The Hollywood Campaign

Want big money to get elected to national office? If you're a Democrat, you need to head for the hills—Beverly Hills. A miner's map for the liberal Gold Rush

More Nixon Tapes

A selection from recordings in the National Archives

Dumb and Dumber

Why are campaign commercials so bad?

Kerry Faces the World

What would a John Kerry foreign policy look like? In some ways a lot like one the current President's father could endorse

I Agree With Me

When was the last time a conservative talk show changed a mind?

When George Meets John

Presidential debates always put more importance on projecting character than on being right. George W. Bush and John Kerry can both boast of never having lost a debate, though the two candidates rely on strikingly dissimilar sets of skills. A viewer's guide to this fall's version of "asymmetric warfare"

Pompadour With a Monkey Wrench

Al Sharpton will presumably have a moment in the spotlight at this summer's Democratic convention. But his goal has never been the presidency; he wants to become the leader of Black America. Problem is, that job no longer exists

Enemy Americans

Jose Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi are American citizens. The Bush Administration has claimed the right to imprison them indefinitely without charge or trial, on the grounds that they are "enemy combatants" in the war on terror. Does a new kind of war require new kinds of laws?


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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