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DoD's Collision Course

June 23, 1997 For those in command of America's armed forces, the future is usually clouded by the uncertainties of day-to-day crises in this or that corner of the globe and, closer to home, by Congress's annual budget deliberations. Recently, though, the belt-tightening demands of the balanced budget agreement and the mission-expanding agenda...

The Devolution Revolution

June 9, 1997 Call it the devolution revolution. As the size and scope of the federal government shrinks, more power is headed to the states. John D. Donahue of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University takes a dim view of this development. "One can mount a contrary conceptual case...

Gore Getting Ready to Run

May 30, 1997 Vice President Al Gore has said that he's treating his recent missteps and bad press as lessons learned early enough to help him before 2000. The same is true for members of his staff, who have been forced to learn the hard way that small mistakes are magnified many times...

Still On the Hunt

May 23, 1997 After making scant progress on eliminating federal agencies during the past Congress, conservative Republicans are looking for new ways to skin the cat. Some are setting more-modest goals in the hope of winning increased support, although they still face formidable obstacles. House GOP leaders have launched an attack on the...

Dragnet

May 21, 1997 Island Casino is every gambler's dream. One of a thriving new breed of gambling enterprises launched in the last year, it offers roulette, craps, video poker, slot machines, sports betting--on football, baseball, basketball, hockey and boxing--and a bingo game billed as "one of the world's largest." It's quick, it's open...

Scoops Ahoy!

May 19, 1997 Psst. Want to know today what's going to be in The Washington Post tomorrow? Check out the Drudge Report, available on the Internet. It's a tip sheet put out by Matt Drudge, a 30-year-old media junkie based in Hollywood whose dispatch is rapidly becoming a must-read in the capital's power...

The Easy Way Out

May 9, 1997 Historians will write that in 1997 the Republicans and Democrats girded for budgetary battle, marched afield and sat down together on the grass for a beer. After seemingly endless negotiations, the two sides agreed on a package to reduce the deficit by about $350 billion over the next five years,...

Mapping Government's Reach

May 5, 1997 rstanfie@njdc.com Someday, brilliantly designed and spectacularly colorful computer-generated maps are likely to portray every nuance of government subsidies and incentives. They don't yet. Promoters of computer mapping insist, however, that supersophisticated designs are just around the corner. After all, they note, using these maps for simple tasks such as community...

Brickbats for the FCC

May 5, 1997 No matter what the agency says or does, look for plenty of congressional teeth-gnashing in early May after the Federal Communications Commission issues sweeping rules designed to overhaul the complex array of user rates that allow most households in America to have a telephone connection. Many, many Members of Congress...

No Big Deal

May 1, 1997 Like the month of March, major defense evaluations tend to roar in like lions and leave bleating like lambs. On May 19, when Defense Secretary William S. Cohen issues the first congressionally mandated Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR)--the third major assessment of the U.S. defense posture since the end of the...

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