What happened on December 17, 2000
Beverly Hills Law & Order FRED DICKEY, Fred Dickey last wrote for the magazine on hate crime laws
Date With Destiny AMELIA SALTSMAN, Amelia Saltsman last wrote for the magazine about porcini soup
Boxer Rebellion PETER McQUAID, Peter McQuaid last wrote for the magazine about rodeo queen Brandy DeJongh
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Bolster the Old System With Bonuses ARTHUR SCHLESINGER JR., Arthur Schlesinger Jr., the historian and JFK confidant, is author, most recently, of "A Life in the 20th Century: Innocent Beginnings, 1917-1950," the first volume of his memoirs
Salaries Are Escalating, but They Don't Guarantee Winning Jules Tygiel, Jules Tygiel, a professor of history at San Francisco State University, is the author of "Past Time: Baseball as History."
Bill Jones Cynthia H. Craft, Cynthia H. Craft is editor of the California Journal, a nonpartisan publication on government and politics
Should We Trust Judges? Akhil Reed Amar, Akhil Reed Amar, a law professor at Yale Law School, is the author of "The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction."
The Economic President Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips is the author of "The Politics of the Rich and Poor." His most recent book is "The Cousin's War: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America."
California's Beaches Aren't Just for the Rich and Powerful DANIEL DUANE, Daniel Duane is author of "El Capitan: Historic Feats and Radical Routes" (Chronicle Books, 2000) and "Caught Inside: A Surfer's Year on the California Coast" (North Point Press, 1997)
The Electoral College Is a Bulwark Against Chaos CLARK S. JUDGE, Clark S. Judge, who was a speechwriter for Presidents Reagan and Bush, is managing director of a corporate communications consulting firm based in Washington
The Perils of Stifling Self-Determination Susan Blaustein, Susan Blaustein is a freelance writer and senior consultant for the International Crisis Group
The Law Is Left Twisting Slowly in the Wind ANTHONY G. AMSTERDAM, Anthony G. Amsterdam is the co-author with Jerome Bruner of "Minding the Law" (Harvard University Press, 2000), which analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court's rhetorical practices
The Irish Will Miss This President Kelly Candaele, Kelly Candaele is a contributing writer for Irish American magazine and the Irish Voice newspaper
The Unhappy Triumph of Partisanship Neal Gabler, Neal Gabler is a senior fellow at the Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg and the author of "Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality."
Wild Child BENJAMIN IVRY, Benjamin Ivry is author of biographies of Arthur Rimbaud (Absolute Press), Francis Poulenc (Phaidon) and Maurice Ravel (Welcome Rain) as well as a poetry collection, "Paradise for the Portuguese Queen" (Orchises).
Born Free JAMES WEINSTEIN, James Weinstein is the author of "The Decline of Socialism in America, 1912-1925" and the founding editor of In These Times
Sorting It Out EDWARD LAZARUS, Edward Lazarus is the author of "Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court."
Work in Progress RAMON EDUARDO RUIZ, Ramon Eduardo Ruiz is the author of several books, including "Triumphs and Tragedy: A History of the Mexican People" and "On the Rim of Mexico: Encounters of the Rich and Poor."
Internal Exile JONATHAN LEVI, Jonathan Levi is a contributing writer to Book Review
The God That Failed MICHAEL ANDRE BERNSTEIN, Michael Andre Bernstein teaches English and comparative literature at UC Berkeley. His most recent book is "Five Portraits: Modernity and the Imagination in Twentieth-Century German Writing." He is completing a novel entitled "Progressive Lenses."
Stay Tuned MURRAY FROMSON, Murray Fromson, a former CBS News correspondent, has been a USC journalism professor since 1982
Uplift and Suspicion CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, Christopher Hitchens is the author of the forthcoming collection of essays, "Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere." He is a columnist for Vanity Fair and The Nation