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Does the United States Need a Chief Information Officer?

By Timothy Noah

Posted Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at 12:30 p.m. PT

Al Gore and George W. Bush have both proposed expanding “e-government,” which enables citizens to access government  information and services via the Internet. Gore’s proposal is more elaborate and reflects his longstanding interest in the Web. But only Bush’s proposal endorses creating a government-wide information czar, or chief information officer.

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Why Washington Stopped Working

By John Judis and Jonathan Rauch

Posted Monday, March 20, 2000, at 8:53 a.m. PT

John Judis is a senior editor at the New Republic and author of The Paradox of American Democracy. Jonathan Rauch is a columnist for the National Journal and the author of Government’s End: Why Washington Stopped Working. This week they grill each other on their respective books.

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How the Government Subsidizes the Risky Business of Private Aviation

By Steve Chapman

Posted Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at 4:30 p.m. PT

The deaths of John F. Kennedy Jr. and the Bessette sisters have inspired myriad debates over the safety of private planes, as well as a lot of criticism of Kennedy’s decision to brave the night sky over ocean in his Piper Saratoga II HP. Obviously, it’s not the government’s role to prevent people from taking the sort of risks they think makes life worth living. But should Washington be spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year encouraging the risky business of private air travel?

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