AMERICAN REPORTER ARCHIVES (I)

Vol. 20, No. 4,945 - The American Reporter - March 28, 2014

Ink Soup
NOTES FROM THE LANGUAGE JAIL

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash -- "I've gotta use words when I talk to you." Thus spake Apeneck Sweeney in T.S. Eliot's "Fragment of an Agon."

Reporting: Indonesia
A BLOODY CHRISTMAS EVE UNITES DIVIDED INDONESIA

by Andreas Harsono

JAKARTA, Dec. 25, 2000 -- Hendra Putra said a final prayer at a Christmas vigil Mass on Sunday evening and offered a friend a ride home. Talking quietly, the two men headed to Putra's small Honda motorbike in a little parking area fenced with chicken wire, part of a Catholic school compound next to Jakarta's Church of St. Joseph.

Reporting: New York
EVEN WITH LOOPHOLES, ANTI-CRIME TREATY MOVES AGAINST MONEY-LAUNDERING

by Lucy Komisar

NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2000 -- For more than a decade, the international community has been wrestling with the issue of what to do about the worldwide bank secrecy system through which drug traffickers, fraudulent business operators and tax cheats launder their money.

Commentary
TOWARDS A MORE PERFECT UNION

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Dec. 16, 2000 -- Listening to George Bush and Al Gore both give the speeches of their lives on Wednesday night, I was struck deeply by one of the quotes. It was not the words of Jefferson nor even of Lincoln that moved me It was the words of Al Gore's father that the son quoted when he said of his difficult loss that "defeat might serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out."

Opinion
THE BUSH COUP

by Lionel Rolfe

LOS ANGELES -- I guess Al Gore had no choice but to concede the election to the man who stole it from him.

On Native Ground: TIME TO FIX OUR NATION'S ELECTORAL SYSTEM

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The first step in finding asolution to a problem is admitting there is a problem.

Congratulations At Last, Mr. President!

IN GRACIOUS SPEECHES, GORE CONCEDES, BUSH SUCCEEDS AND NEW ERA BEGINS

by Joe Shea

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. Dec. 13, 2000 -- In back-to-back speeches unique for their historic circumstances and distinguished by ringing appeals to the better part of human nature, President-elect George W. Bush and losing Democratic presidential nominee Vice President Al Gore spoke Wednesday night to a nation that for 36 days has been transfixed by their unprecedented post-Election Day contest for the presidency.

Ink Soup: GOING BANG

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE -- Chairman: Bang! The Committee on the Expulsion of the State of Florida will come to order.

Election 2000
SUPREME COURT: RECOUNT ISSUES RETURN TO FLA., BUT TIME'S UP

by Joe Shea

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2000 -- In a complex opinion that essentially told the Florida Supreme Court to create uniform standards for counting disputed ballots in this year's presidential election but that it is too late to actually count the votes, and told Florida's legislature its slate of George W. Bush electors is certified to Congress but that if uniform standards are adopted and a recount completed before Dec. 18 their slate may be challenged by one for Vice President Albert Gore Jr., the U.S. Supreme Court late tonight skillfully handed the presidency to Mr. Bush and walked away with the black robes of its reputation torn to rags.

Editorial
FATE OF THE NATION RESTS IN HANDS OF THE SUPREME COURT

by Joe Shea

WASHNGTON, Dec. 11 -- After a long morning of oral arguments frequently interrupted by questions, the United States Supreme Court took under consideration the case of George W. Bush v. Albert Gore Jr. and set out to decide whether the Court or Florida voters will name the next President of the United States. A decision is widely anticipated Tuesday, but may or may not come until a sharply divided court that has been accused of conducting a "judicial coup d'etat" has moved closer to unanimity.

News Analysis: IN 'UNWISE' DECISION, A PROSPECT OF CIVIL WAR

by Joe Shea

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2000 -- In an unusual display of the "judicial activism" they often deplore, five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court apparently decided the 2000 presidential election between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush on Saturday, when they granted a temporary injunction against a manual recount of "undervotes" ordered by the Florida Supreme Court on Friday. (The full text of the decision is below).

An AR Special Report
FLA. HIGH COURT ORDERS FINAL RECOUNTS

by Joe Shea

TALLAHASSEE, Dec. 8, 2000 -- In a stunning and solomonic 4-3 decision Friday afternoon that may have rescued Vice President Al Gore's presidential hopes from extinction, a divided Florida Supreme Court ruled for both Mr. Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush in ordering a manual recount of all "undervotes" in any of the state's 67 counties "where such a recount has not occurred."

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