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A CZAR IS BORN
So now Bill Richardson has a "security czar" (his words) at the Department
of Energy. Fine with us--but didn't the czars come up short the last time
they fought communism?
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so we should
probably be flattered. But sometimes it's awful hard to avoid feeling
ripped off. Take a look at the July 12 issue of The New Republic, with its
picture of Madeleine Albright in full Patton regalia on the cover. Now put
it next to NR's May 31, with its Clinton-as-George C. Scott-as-Patton
cover. Look familiar?
REBIRTH OF SCHOOL CHOICE
The Ohio legislature again has passed inner-city school choice in its
education budget, only weeks after the state Supreme Court affirmed the
plan's constitutionality but invalidated it on technical grounds. The
program began three years ago in Cleveland for kids in grades K-3, this
year covers children through the 5th grade, and will expand to the 7th
grade next fall. Gov. Bob Taft is expected to approve the package. "I hope
that after three years of litigation, the special-interest groups that
challenged this program finally will leave these kids alone," said Clint
Bolick of the Institute for Justice, which has defended the plan in court.
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