The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

The 1995 caricature that’s ‘become part of America’s shutdown lore’

The artist who drew the most imaginative newspaper illustration of the year 1995 — a front page caricature of “Cry Baby” Newt Gingrich as a chubby, foot-stamping toddler — recalled … Continue reading

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Clinton impeachment looking better, 20 years after

When the House of Representatives impeached President Bill Clinton, 20 years ago this week, I remember thinking the move — unpopular then — would look better in time. And it … Continue reading

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When the Web was new: Remembering Netscape, its contributions, its fall

In late November 20 years ago, the end was at hand for the early Web’s most intriguing, flamboyant, and influential startup company — the one with the name that was … Continue reading

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Why a ‘Clueless’ remake would be a terrible idea

First came news that an adaptation of the 1995 teen classic Clueless is to open in December as an off-Broadway musical. Now word is that a remake is being contemplated … Continue reading

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Recalling Dianne Feinstein’s ‘gracious tribute’ in 1995 to sex-harasser Bob Packwood

Twenty-three years ago this month, in the watershed year 1995, Bob Packwood resigned from the U.S. Senate in an abrupt but calculated move to head off certain expulsion for serial … Continue reading

September 22, 2018 · 1 Comment

For Bill Clinton, the reckoning grinds on

It’s mid-August, almost exactly 20 years since Bill Clinton’s petulant, 4½ minute speech in which he conceded to having had an “improper” sexual relationship with a former White House intern … Continue reading

August 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

Rambling nostalgia: WETA’s ‘Washington in the ’90s’ documentary

A flaw common to documentary treatments of the 1990s (or of any decade, really) lies in the failure to address fundamental yet vital questions such as: “What’s the point?” “What … Continue reading

July 15, 2018

The Clinton interview we’d like to see

Former President Bill Clinton has been making the rounds of late, promoting a co-authored novel while renewing controversy about his furtive liaison with Monica Lewinsky that began at the White … Continue reading

June 24, 2018 · 6 Comments

Apologize to Monica Lewinsky? Would it matter?

Speculation arises from time to time about whether former President Bill Clinton should apologize to Monica Lewinsky for their affair at the White House that began during the government shutdown … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · 4 Comments

‘Othering’ and the 1995 OKC bombing: Wiping away McVeigh?

The site of the deadliest domestic terror attack in American history nowadays is a meditative outdoor memorial featuring a reflecting pool guarded by loblolly pines, and 168 bronze-and-glass chairs (see … Continue reading

April 27, 2018

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