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  • Justice for John Ashcroft?

    published December 27, 2000

    John Ashcroft had better hope one rule is not in force when the U.S. Senate considers his nomination as attorney general by President-elect George... More >>

  • The Taking of the Presidency

    published December 20, 2000

    Now that Selection 2000 is mercifully behind us, it's time to enjoy the fallout of the appointment of George W. Bush as president.The most... More >>

  • And the Loser Is ...

    published December 13, 2000

    By the time you read this, the nation may know who will be commander-in-thief for the next four years. At this writing, however, it's all just a... More >>

  • Give Us Our Stadium and No One Gets Hurt

    published December 6, 2000

    The St. Louis Cardinals have played their Illinois stadium card, which means the bidding just became more interesting for St. Louis and the state... More >>

  • The Hotel from Hell

    published November 29, 2000

    After more than a decade of humiliating failure in its quest to build a convention-center hotel, the city of St. Louis has stumbled onto something... More >>

  • Hold Those Cheers for the FDA

    published November 8, 2000

    Phenylpropanolamine is not a word in most people's vocabulary. Speaking for my spell-check and myself, we've certainly never heard of... More >>

  • The Two Faces of John Ashcroft

    published November 1, 2000

    Remember the New Nixon?Meet the New Ashcroft. In the tradition of Tricky Dick -- and with roughly the same level of candor -- U.S. Sen.... More >>

  • Prop B: Voters vs. the Phantoms

    published October 25, 2000

    Here's a political-trivia question for you:What is the ZIP code in Missouri from which the most campaign contributions flow to candidates for... More >>

  • Golden Heart

    published October 18, 2000

    There were just 27 days remaining in the toughest campaign of his life, and 52,000-plus exuberant folks -- mostly potential voters -- rocked Busch... More >>

  • Oh, Fecal Matter! Nelly is Naughty.

    published October 11, 2000

    The champagne flowed, the players whooped and hugged; it was a glorious scene for all St. Louis to relish on TV Saturday as the Cardinals... More >>

  • The Reinvention of Jim Talent

    published October 4, 2000

    If Democrat Bob Holden were running for governor against Newt Gingrich or Henry Hyde, it would a no-brainer for voters who consider themselves... More >>

  • Schnucks: Not the Friendliest Weeks in Town

    published September 20, 2000

    On the bright side, supermarket giant Schnucks has not manufactured a single defective tire, and at no time has it employed Bobby Knight in a... More >>

  • Fox Schools Prepare for Holy War

    published September 13, 2000

    "The public education movement has also been an anti-Christian movement. We can change education in America if you put Christian principles in... More >>

  • A Good Jake

    published August 30, 2000

    The world is full of politicians, pundits and other actors who go to great lengths to be seen as advocates of the common man. Many even aspire to... More >>

  • Unlucky Town

    published August 23, 2000

    Brian Selsor, mayor of sleepy little Kimmswick -- population 130 -- has a question for the state of Missouri: "Why can't you just leave us... More >>

  • Running Scared

    published August 16, 2000

    It's one thing for the Democratic Party to be running toward the soft center of American politics, to be portraying itself as the best choice for... More >>

  • Lieberman's St. Louis Angle? It's Really a Stretch.

    published August 9, 2000

    It is the longstanding tradition of this bureau -- dating back roughly 14 days -- to mine for a local angle in the selection of a... More >>

  • A Primary Primer from a Bad Attitude Guy

    published August 2, 2000

    It has been suggested that primary elections in Missouri are about as exciting as watching paint dry. This year, the paint industry should... More >>

  • A Cheney Link to St. Louis

    published July 26, 2000

    And now, this week's top two trivia questions: One, what is the St. Louis connection to what Defense Daily called "the most costly and... More >>

  • Sage Advice

    published July 19, 2000

    Ours is a nation in which a professional class of liar -- the politician -- draws a solemn distinction between lying and lying under oath.... More >>

  • The Great St. Louis Casino War

    published July 5, 2000

    Meet the new Exhibit A in the case for some form of city-county merger in St. Louis. It's the proposed Ameristar-Futuresouth casino in the... More >>

  • Getting What You Don't Pay For

    published June 28, 2000

    Here's some Fourth of July food for thought while you're perusing the Cincinnati and St. Louis business journals for bankruptcy and tax-lien... More >>

  • Anti-Community Policing

    published June 21, 2000

    A fire is raging in North County -- a bitter blaze of emotion over the killing of two black men by white detectives at a Jack in the Box... More >>

  • Athletes in the Action: The Tradition Continues

    published June 14, 2000

    This athletes-on-the-crime-blotter thing is getting out of hand, isn't it? Consider just a few recent outrages: A Rams linebacker gets... More >>

  • John Ashcroft's Drug Money

    published June 7, 2000

    On Sept. 30, the Ashcroft Victory Committee received a $50,000 campaign contribution from the Schering-Plough Corp., a New Jersey-based... More >>

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