Back In TIME:
By Kathleen Adams, Janice M. Horowitz, Aisha Labi, Nadya Labi, Lina Lofaro, Alain L. Sanders, Gabriel Snyder, Joel Stein
A Senate for A Video Age
(TIME, September 8) -- A bipartisan working group in the Senate, led by majority leader Trent Lott, has spent the past few weeks thinking of ways to redesign the Senate Chamber. The group wants something tasteful, historically appropriate and, unsurprisingly, TV friendly. It's an intriguing problem: What should a Senate for the 21st century look like? We posed the question to four talented designers and architects.
Adam D. Tihany, designer: Le Cirque 2000 and various Spago
Roy Christopher, TV designer; Emmy winner for The Academy
Sheila Kennedy, Kennedy & Violich; professor, Harvard School of
Gary Panter, designer: Pee Wee's Playhouse.
"Almost everything I do in my private personal life has been a
part of the public record since I was a little boy. People have
dark secrets in their closets. I don't think I have a secret
Terrorism: America is target rich, a presidential panel finds
(TIME, September 8) -- Terrorists wreaked havoc on the World Trade Center in 1993. Could larger targets--the Wall Street financial network, Midwestern water supplies, California power grids--prove as susceptible? For almost a year, a presidential COMMISSION ON CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION has been quietly collecting intelligence reports and interviewing business executives and local officials to determine how vulnerable banks, telecommunications systems, utilities and transportation networks are to attacks from terrorists or cyberbandits.
The preliminary assessment: very vulnerable. "The only question is when," says Arizona Republican SENATOR JON KYL, who pushed for the formation of the commission, which will deliver a secret report to the President in October. The panel's chairman, Robert Marsh, says radical groups like the Irish Republican Army are looking at ways to wage "economic terrorism," and computer assaults are already rampant. A hacker shut down computers at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia last winter by sending in 30,000 E-mail messages. The Langley machines were paralyzed for six hours.
--By Douglas Waller
The Early Line
Senate hearings on campaign financing are back. Watch for these potential highlights:
--By Michael Weisskopf
It's Indiana Newt!
There are people who think some of Newt Gingrich's policies are straight out of the Paleolithic era. The Speaker may not necessarily be offended by that, given his fondness for fossils. Gingrich was able to indulge his fondness last week, first taking part in a debate on how predatory Tyrannosaurus rex really was (Gingrich's view: very) and then participating in a dig in Paradise Valley, Mont., where, under the eye of local celebrity Peter Fonda, he actually found a dinosaur bone. And no, his aides didn't bury it there for him to find. It took several discouraging hours of picking at rocks and soil under the hot sun. But the Speaker was exuberant. "This," he told the assembled reporters, "is sheer pleasure."
--By Belinda Luscombe
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