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The Nonsense of Twisted Intelligence

by WS Editors | Apr 1, 2004 | Politics

In our last issue we recalled the famous Democratic slogan: “It’s the economy, stupid!” It originated in an outburst from James Carville, a former Clinton campaign aide nicknamed “the Ragin’ Cajun.” This campaign year we’re hearing a variation of that Clinton classic from the Democrats: “It’s the intelligence, stupid!” Last month Senator John Kerry of […]

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Washington CEOs Strike It Rich | Seniors, Doctors Baffled by Medicare | Bush Spoofs

by Editor | Apr 1, 2004 | Politics

Missing Millions—Like the government’s billions of dollars in solid gold bars buried in underground vaults at Ft. Knox, KY, the underground pelf in Washington would be invisible if it were not for one of America’s most journalistically excavating weekly magazines, the National Journal. The cover story in its February 21 issue reports in devastating detail on […]

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Tightening Our Belts

by Perry L. Weed | Mar 15, 2004 | Politics

Editor’s note: Along with their helpful nitpicks, readers of the Washington Spectator have been filling our in-box with thoughtful pieces on what our founding editor, the late Tristram Coffin, chose 30 years ago as this publication’s main output: “untold stories.” He meant information neglected or buried in the mainstream media. One of those convoluted sagas is what […]

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Nader’s Role | Washington Monument Spy-Cam | TV Wasteland

by WS Editors | Mar 15, 2004 | Media, Politics

A Broiler or a Spoiler?—The presidential candidacy of Ralph Nader as an Independent—he and the Green Party have split—raises again, as it did in the 2000 election, the question of whether his searing whacks at the Bush administration will offset the Democrats’ fear that Nader will take away enough votes in November to throw the […]

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From His “Undisclosed Secure Location” Dick Cheney Drags the President Down

by Red Jahncke | Mar 1, 2004 | Politics

Editor’s note: Last month’s Gallup Poll gave President Bush his first-ever approval rating of less than 50 percent—49 to be exact, an 11 point drop from his early-January standing. Bush also trailed, according to Gallup, in a head-on match with the now-almost-certain Democratic presidential nominee, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts—46 percent to 53 percent for […]

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