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Travis Thickstun

Campaign finance reform needed now more than ever

A popular campaign finance reform bill that would ban congressional candidates and political parties for raising unlimited "soft money" contributions and make other changes to campaign funding faces an uncertain future in the House of Representatives today, with a final vote scheduled for no later than Friday. House support has been dwindling since the Senate passed its version of the legislation, the McCain-Feingold bill, April 2. Republican Senator John McCain (Ariz.) had made campaign finance reform, an idea that polls show is popular among American voters, the centerpiece of an unsuccessful run for the Republican presidential nomination last year. He vowed then to halt all Senate action through procedural motions until the bill he co-sponsored with Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wisc.) passed that body.

War of future is virtual

The nature of how our military engages in war is changing, Michael Ignatieff convincingly argues in his book "Virtual War: Kosovo and Beyond" (Metropolitan Books: New York, 2000, $23). For all the talk we hear about investing in new technology and weapons by military brass and the Bush Administration, the 78-day NATO bombing campaign waged against Slobodan Milosevic's Yugoslavia during the Clinton years showed just how questionable such seemingly victorious action can be.

Book details history of suffering in Zaire

The central African country of Zaire is plagued by lost opportunities, squandered resources and waste, in journalist Michela Wrong's portrayal of its history during Mobutu Sese Seko's 32-year unencumbered reign over it. "In Mobutu's hands, the country had become a paradigm of all that was wrong with postcolonial Africa," Wrong writes in "In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo," (HarperCollins, 2001, $26.00). "It was a parody of a functioning state. Here, the anarchy and absurdity that simmered in so many other sub-Saharan nations were taken to their logical extreme."

D.C. interns gain experience

Interns in Washington, D.C., engage in a variety of activities, both at their internships and on their own time in our nation's capital city. But whatever menial or exciting their experiences at the office are, several recent interns from IU agree that Washington is where it's at. And scandals involving interns and politicians had little effect on their experiences, with only the occasional friend making a snide remark about former White House intern Monica Lewinski, whose relationship with former President Bill Clinton eventually lead to his impeachment. Senior Ben Piper, who interned for Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), said "the Lewinski and Levy matters have hurt the images of politicians, not interns."

Debating the common good

In a time of economic downturn, when state and federal government budgets get tight, the first cuts in spending often come in social welfare programs, which amount to only about 4 percent of federal spending.

Alternative newspaper gets new editor

After several months without a news editor, the Bloomington Independent has appointed graduate student Liz Robertson to fill that void. In her new role, Robertson has been given the responsibility to revamp the paper's news section. The Independent's managing editor, Cynthia Wolfe, said Robertson is trying to redesign the section with news briefs and longer pieces to meet the paper's editorial mission -- to present the news from "a different perspective and in a more in-depth and complex way."

Gore will work to prevent crises

During the second debate, Democratic candidate Al Gore and Republican candidate George W. Bush spent a great deal of time addressing foreign policy, an issue about which the candidates have distinct differences.

Gore's plan offers targeted tax cuts

America's priorities can be determined by how we decide to spend our collective resources. This year's election highlights the key distinctions between how Democrats and Republicans spend our money. Democrats support targeted tax cuts focused on our national priorities, such as education and health care, just to name two.

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