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  • How are you voting? What are your stocks?

    A Business Week investigation finds that members of Congress often invest in companies whose fortunes they could influence. The story reveals that lawmakers often had insider information, which determined their or their relatives' stock trading decisions. For example, the reporter quotes the finding of a marketing professor that many members of the Congress sold tobacco stocks at the time when the antitobacco mood in Washington began to heat up. "The only strict prohibition bars members from voting on or pushing legislation that benefits a very small group ... but if the bill benefits them as ... shareholders, for example, they face no restrictions," the magazine reports.
  • The Drug War

    In trying to answer the question, "How effective is the Drug War," the National Journal reports on the drug war's history and societyal effects. Special sections are devoted to users, prevention, interdiction, treatment and punishmet as the Journal examines this complex issue.
  • Into thin air

    This story highlights the problem of gun dealers selling weapons to people who use identification cards from someone else. This type of transaction, called straw sales, were recorded on camera by the Chicago police department, the Journal reports, but the lack of straw-sales prohibitions on federal and state levels allowed Chicago gun dealers to get away with it.
  • High Society

    The 10-part special report examines America's dependence on chemicals -- legal and illegal -- the history of drug use and prohibition, DARE, drug testing, etc.
  • In Drug-Policy Debates, a Center at Columbia U. Takes a Hard Line: Institute's studies grab headlines, but critics call its approach oversimplified

    The article analyzes the work of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. The Center, run by the former Health, Education, and Welfare Secretary Joseph Califano, has become one of the loudest voices in the debate over drug policy. It largely adheres to the government's punitive and prohibitionist approach to the drug problem. The story shows that the center's views do not reflect the range of debate in the field. Because it receives substantial financing from industry, its views often drown out those of other scholars. The story alleges that the center characterizes anyone who disagrees with it views as drug "legalizers."
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    San Francisco Bay Guardian analyzes the war on consensual crime: drugs, gambling and prostitution in America and equates it to a "New Prohibition." The articles discuss the expensive and "ineffective" law-enforcement bureaucracy and repressive legislation devised to combat these "societal sins." The Guardian explains the ramifications of proposed legislation legalizing these consensual crimes in San Francisco, 1994.
  • The Killing Clubs

    WFLD-TV went undercover to investigate the cruelty in hunting clubs that offer "canned hunts" of exotic animals; found that the hunts often involve tame, domesticated animals that come form zoos. Even though other zoos prevent the offspring of their animals from ending up at the clubs, Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo does not have such a prohibition, Nov. 9 - 10, 1994.
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    Mother Jones examines the population time bomb and finds that humanity is still not taking the issue seriously and ignores the consequences of unhindered birth rates in the Third World; finds that the prohibition of birth control by the Roman Catholic Church, the Religious Right and the various branches of Islam are major problems in the effort to curb population growth, March/April 1993. # CA Hertsgaard United Nations
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    Mother Jones investigates European efforts to curb the negative effects of illegal drug usage, termed "harm reduction," which its proponents say saves more lives than the American "prohibition" approach; includes effect of syringe-needle swaps in hindering the spread of AIDS and the decriminalization of cannabis, July/August 1991.