New York Times Magazine, Jan. 30
The cover story anticipates how biotechnology might revolutionize aging. Embryonic stem cells, which contain "the genetic blueprint and biological know-how" to produce any organ, are being engineered to "serve as a warehouse of spare human parts" that could be transplanted into the sick and elderly. The feds have banned stem-cell research because of ethical concerns, but research continues in the private sector, unguided by public debate. … An essay applauds the blurring of strict boundaries between church and state. Declining confidence in government has made Americans more comfortable with using religion to promote social welfare. Potential danger: "Religious supremacists" such as George W. Bush and Chief Justice William Rehnquist support an "openly religious public sphere" that could corrupt both church and state.
Economist, Feb. 4
The cover editorial decries the demonization of multinational corporations. Big multinationals pay higher local wages and create jobs faster. The "corporate morality" of multinationals "is a great deal better than that of the average government." Global companies "set guidelines for dealing with environmental safety and sexual harassment in countries where no such words exist." … An article warns against overdependence on nongovernmental organizations, which disburse more aid than the World Bank. Subject to no oversight, they issue prejudiced reports and force-feed western values.
New Republic, Feb. 7
An article argues that George W. Bush has moved too far to the right. His opposition to campaign-finance reform and support for supply-side tax cuts are out of sync with the nation's mood. Voters don't want to change Clinton's policies, they simply want a president with better character. John McCain is campaigning on that "winning formula." … The cover story notes that New Hampshire is not as anti-tax as it used to be. Discontent with state services has persuaded many Granite State residents "that bigger government may not only be necessary—it may even be worth paying for."
Time, Jan. 31
The cover piece regurgitates the conventional wisdom on the presidential candidates. Bill Bradley is running on a "goodness platform," George W. Bush "believes Republicans were put on earth to cut taxes," etc. … An article argues that Bradley has crippled his campaign by spending too much money and time in Iowa. … An article on the hyped-to-the-hilt launch of Oxygen notes the obstacles to the women's cable channel's success. Despite the promise of an Oprah Winfrey show, a yoga program, and Web tie-ins, the channel will debut in only 10 million homes and faces a powerful competitor in Lifetime.
Newsweek, Jan. 31