Vol. 30 • January 1997 • No. 1

The Continuing Crisis 8
Correspondence 10
On the Prowl 14
Editorials: The CIA's Lawyerly Balderdash / A Special Relationship 16
Tyrrell, R. Emmett Jr.
Capitol Ideas: First Things First 18
Bethell, Tom
Twisting Erskine Bowles 20
York, Byron
A Freedom Lover in Mesa, Arizona 27
Corry, John
Hell to Pay 30
Borders, Rebecca
Anyone for RICO? 42
Culture Vultures: Fergie Something 44
Steyn, Mark
Presswatch: Hiss America 46
Corry, John
Politics: House Sweet It Is 48
Norquist, Grover G.
The Nation's Pulse: Kansas Clean Sweep 50
Neumayr, George
Ben Stein's Diary: It's My Money 52
Stein, Benjamin J.
Constitutional Opinions: Formula 209 58
Eastland, Terry
The Public Policy: Christy on the Brink 60
Rabkin, Jeremy
Eminentoes: The Payoff 62
Gold, Victor
The Talkies: Come Rain or Come Shine 64
Bowman, James
His Holiness 66
Bernstein, Carl & Politi, Marco
Big Fat Lies 69
Gaesser, Glenn A.
The Unknown Lenin 71
Pipes, Richard
PBS: Behind the Screen 73
Jarvik, Laurence
Life Is Not a Rehearsal 74
Brudnoy, David
Rebecca West 76
Rollyson, Carl
Current Wisdom 80
Jackasses, Assorted
Last Call: The New Parisian Look 82
York, Byron

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