- Newsmaker: Bush Orders Review of Pension Plan Rules
The Justice Department has begun a criminal investigation of Enron, the giant energy-trading firm that collapsed suddenly into bankruptcy last year. Mindful that thousands of Enron employees lost their pensions, President Bush has ordered a review of the rules that could put other workers at risk. BusinessWeek's Rick Dunham looks at the focus of the review and potential implications for the Bush White House.
- Reporter's Notebook: US Concerned about the Return of Poppy-Growing in Afganistan
The Taliban are said to have been "enormously effective" in reducing the opium poppy production that gave Afghanistan 70 percent of the world heroin market. David Filipov, Moscow bureau chief for The Boston Globe, has reported for years on Afghanistan and its opium industry. He forecasts what will happen as the war on terrorism meets the war on drugs.
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Trump’s war on the FBI Donald Trump claims rogue FBI agents are part of a Deep State he accuses of “spying” on his presidential campaign. A former agent tells Warren the “the FBI doesn’t spy… it catches spies.” Shades of Watergate? Richard Nixon’s former White House lawyer, John Dean, says, “no way.”
Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
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