July 22, 2005

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Friday, July 22, 2005

The language of the Supreme Court and more!

Open to Interpretation

The media have wasted no time in getting to work on the past record of John Roberts Jr. But with only two years' experience as a judge, the Supreme Court nominee has left relatively few clues as to his judicial philosophy. Is he a traditionalist? A strict constructionist? A judicial ...

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Keeping Mum

Wen Ho Lee's legal troubles began in 1999, when he was fired from Los Alamos National Laboratory under suspicion of espionage. But the charges turned out to be unsubstantiated, and Lee sued the government for leaking his personal information to journalists. Last year, five of those reporters refused to testify ...

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War Recorders

The true story of any conflict, from Gettysburg to Fallujah, is mostly lost forever, left behind on the battlefield. What remains is the stuff of history books - the letters and recollections of survivors. It is this material that seven Army historians are racing to preserve in Iraq. Judging the ...

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Over There

When it comes to war, our perceptions often hinge on how conflicts are portrayed on television. But until now, no TV series has ever explicitly portrayed a U.S. military conflict occurring at that time. Next week, the FX network will premier Over There, a new series about soldiers in the ...

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Reel Myths

At the same time that events on the battlefields of WWII were being documented by newspapers and radio, Hollywood was re-framing the wartime sentiments of the homefront. In his memoir, Good Morning, Mr. Zip Zip Zip, film critic Richard Schickel examined the myths that wartime America built for itself on ...

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Duck and Dodge

Even after it became clear that White House spokesman Mike McCurry had unwittingly lied about Clinton's relationship with Monica, McCurry managed to stay on the media's good side, with attempts at candor and even a little remorse. But such good rapport more often eludes presidential press secretaries. Witness, for example, ...

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Word is Bond

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan made his semi-annual pilgrimage to Capitol Hill last week, and it may have been his last. The mandarin of monetary policy is scheduled to retire in January. True to form, the media saw plenty of thunderous implications in the chairman's remarks. As Bob first observed ...

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