The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

‘Just because I could’: Would Bill Clinton survive Lewinsky scandal these days? Not likely

Counterfactual history can be little more than trivial nonsense. Take, for example, the Washington Post’s frivolous, “let’s pretend” story last week ruminating about what if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency. … Continue reading

November 17, 2017

Ick alert? TV dramatizations of Clinton-Lewinsky scandal airing or in works

More than 20 years after it ended, the scandalous affair of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky still fascinates, still strangely exerts a hold on popular culture. How otherwise to explain … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Messaging, sequencing a puzzle as CNN launches ’90s series

It’s certainly commendable that the 1990s — a decade Americans too often treat casually or dismissively — is receiving extended attention from CNN, in a seven-part documentary series that premieres … Continue reading

July 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

The smears Lewinsky ignores

Monica Lewinsky unloaded today on Fox News and its former chairman, the late Roger Ailes, for turning her life into a “nightmare” as Fox covered the sex-and-lies scandal stemming from … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · 3 Comments

PBS doc on OKC bombing signals anew the significance of 1995

PBS on Tuesday is to air an “American Experience” documentary about the deadliest episode of home-grown terrorism in U.S. history, the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. The program revisits a … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · 3 Comments

The ’90s: With us still

In ways metaphoric and real, the 1990s linger, offering reference points and context for contemporary events and personalities. A telling example came at Times Square on New Year’s Eve, when … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · 5 Comments

Clinton-Lewinsky affair hovers over presidential campaign 21 years later

I was asked at the launch last year of my latest book, 1995: The Year the Future Began, whether the Clinton-Lewinsky sex-and-lies scandal would resurface during the 2016 presidential campaign. … Continue reading

September 30, 2016 · 8 Comments

Beyond impeachment: The penalties Bill Clinton paid

Call it the long reach of the 1990s. Or of 1995. It has been fascinating, and even a bit astonishing, that Bill Clinton’s sexual transgressions, which dogged and nearly destroyed … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 15 Comments

The crowded closing day of a watershed year

It is fitting that the watershed year of 1995 closed on such a crowded day. December 31, 1995, was a Sunday, and the publication date of the last original strip … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

Looking back at a watershed year: 1995 in blog posts

The year 1995 was a watershed in digital media, domestic terrorism, political scandal, crime and justice, and international diplomacy. Over the past 12 months, The 1995 Blog revisited the watershed … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · 22 Comments

Closing government sows scandal: When Clinton met Monica

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of a partial shutdown of the U.S. government, the upshot of an impasse over spending cuts that pitted the Republican-controlled Congress and the administration of … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · 12 Comments

20 years on: Remembering the senator who quit in disgrace

After a three-year ethics investigation into his unwanted sexual advances on women, many of whom were dependent on him for their jobs, Bob Packwood of Oregon abruptly announced the resignation … Continue reading

September 7, 2015 · 9 Comments

The 1995 massacre at Srebrenica and its effects on U.S. policy

Twenty years ago this week, Bosnia Serb forces seized control of the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia and soon after began rounding up, and killing, the Muslim men … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 10 Comments

Clinton, his portrait, and the persistent shadow of scandal

The long reach of 1995 was reconfirmed the other day in the interview a portrait artist gave to a Philadelphia tabloid. The artist, Nelson Shanks, said in the interview that … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 41 Comments