Jason Zengerle
Senior Editor

Personality Test
September 09, 2002

Erskine Bowles likes to say that he is not a politician--which might seem strange considering that he's running to replace Jesse Helms as a U.S. senator from North Carolina. But watching Bowles campaign at a nursing home outside of Greensboro one recent summer morning, it was easy to understand his oft-repeated disclaimer. Several dozen seniors were gathered in the facility's dreary dining room, more than a couple of them nodding off despite the breakfast cleanup loudly taking place in the adjoining kitchen.

Trial Run
September 02, 2002

On a recent Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony Williams was standing on the corner of Seventh Street and New York Avenue shaking hands with attendees at a labor rally. The mayor was there--in a bright- yellow hard hat, no less--for an announcement by the local chapter of the AFL- CIO that it was endorsing his bid for a second term. And as Williams stood a little bit stiffly on a makeshift dais awaiting his turn to speak, the local AFL-CIO chief ticked off everything labor planned to do for the mayor's reelection campaign.

Bench Press
August 05, 2002

Priscilla Owen, the Texas Supreme Court justice whom President George W. Bush has nominated to the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, is an anti- abortion zealot. As a member of Texas's high court, Owen consistently voted to deny judicial bypasses to pregnant teenagers who sought abortions without notifying their parents. Of the ten pregnant teens who appealed to the Texas Supreme Court for a bypass, Owen opposed granting it to nine of them, often by constructing far tougher standards than Texas law required.

Judge Not
May 20, 2002

In the hierarchy of famous dates, May 9 rates pretty low--its biggest claim to fame came in 1960, when the Food and Drug Administration approved the world's first commercially produced birth-control pill. But among Republicans, May 9 has become very significant. The reason? On May 9, 2001, President George W. Bushnominated his first eleven candidates for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Horse Trade
May 13, 2002

On a clear day, when the sun shines so brightly that the Kentucky bluegrass actually looks just a little bit blue, Arthur Hancock can stand atop one of Bourbon County's rolling hills and survey a good portion of the 2,000 acres he calls Stone Farm. He can see the low-slung barns; the tall ash and oak trees; the miles of wooden fence; and, most importantly, the horses. Stone Farm has more than 200 of them—mares looking after their foals, yearlings grazing together, stallions prancing in their private paddocks.

Horse Trade
May 13, 2002

On a clear day, when the sun shines so brightly that the Kentucky bluegrass actually looks just a little bit blue, Arthur Hancock can stand atop one of Bourbon County's rolling hills and survey a good portion of the 2,000 acres he calls Stone Farm. He can see the low-slung barns; the tall ash and oak trees; the miles of woodenfence; and, most importantly, the horses. Stone Farm has more than 200 of them--mares looking after their foals, yearlings grazing together, stallions prancing in their private paddocks.

Code Blue
April 01, 2002

North Carolina doesn't exactly have a history of electing blacks to high political office. So it was considered a sign of progress when, in 1991, a black Democratic legislator named Dan Blue was chosen by his colleagues to be speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives. "For the first time," Raleigh's The News %amp% Observer declared, "North Carolina voters will get to see a black man wielding real power in state government." And it was widely predicted that Blue--who was only 41 at the time--would go on to wield even more power in the future.

Sorority Row
February 04, 2002

Tuscaloosa, Alabama On the first day of sorority rush last September, Melody Twilley woke up and could not find her lavender nail polish. This constituted a bit of an emergency. The night before, Twilley, an 18-year-old student at the University of Alabama, had borrowed a blue and purple slip dress with spaghetti straps from one of her roommates; the lavender nail polish, in her opinion, was essential to completing the outfit. She tore her room apart, emptying drawers and scattering papers, and after half an hour found the polish.

Police Blotter
December 31, 2001

Of all the criticism John Ashcroft has received for his counterterrorism efforts, none has seemed so damning as the brickbats thrown his way on the front page of The Washington Post on November 28. There, under the banner headline "Ex-FBI Officials Criticize Tactics on Terrorism," eight former bureau officials (including former Director William Webster) laid into Ashcroft--not for trampling civil liberties, but for devising a stupid plan. Ashcroft's counterterrorism strategy, former FBI assistant director Kenneth P.

Stumped
October 29, 2001

On the morning of September 11, Virginia's Republican gubernatorial nominee, Mark Earley, was sitting in a hotel conference room in Richmond, meeting with his political strategists. In the midst of reviewing his campaign's game plan for the race's eight-week homestretch, one of Earley's consultants—who was participating in the meeting from his own office via telephone—interrupted the proceedings to report the horrible scenes he was witnessing on his television.

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