The Dirty Dozen

1. Tom DeLay (R-Texas)
Polluters’ best friend helps his brother
2. David McIntosh (R-Ind.)
Protects big insurers, smears the YMCA
3. Bob Barr (R-Geor.)
Backed by the NRA, never met a gun he didn’t like
4. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.)
GOP donor Amway has its own representative to pave the way to China
5. Richard Gephardt (D-Missouri)
Even out of power, can’t kick old habits
6. Thomas Bliley Jr. (R-Virg.)
Tobacco’s man pulls in telecom money, too
7. Helen Chenoweth (R-Idaho)
Cares more for companies than consumers
8. Jane Harman (D-Calif.)
The Cold War ended but Star Wars continues
9. Jon Christensen (R-Neb.)
Christian rightist cashes in
10. Steve Stockman (R-Texas)
Friend of the far-right fringe
11. John Ensign (R-Nev.)
Casino brat improves gambling’s odds
12 Vic Fazio (D-Calif.)
Looks out for big agriculture’s interest

A Few Good Women
Republican Linda Smith and Democrat Lynn Rivers buck the tide.


Breach of Contract
Interviews with E.J. Dionne Jr., Kevin Phillips, Theda Skocpol, John B. Judis, Lars-Erik Nelson, and Ellen Goodman.


A chronological overview of the rise and fall of the 104th Congress.

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