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Betwen the Lines

When then Princeton University president Woodrow Wilson

evoked the phrase "Princeton in the Nation’s Service" back

in the dawn of the 20th century, he could not have imagined the

remarkable

events of these millennial days. There in the nation’s capital last

week was history professor Sean Wilentz, arguing against the

impeachment

of the president of the United States for anything less than high

crimes and misdemeanors. Not everybody bought every word the good

professor had to say (the New York Times editorial page took

particular exception to Wilentz’s tone), but the fight goes on.

On Tuesday of this week Wilentz and former U.S. Attorney General (and

Princeton resident) Nicholas Katzenbach were scheduled to address

an anti-impeachment rally and march beginning on the university

campus.

The organizers were expected to march to the site of the Borough

Council

meeting and present the elected representatives with a resolution

urging the censure — but not the impeachment — of President

Clinton. It’s a crazy time in politics when Borough Council rules

on a president.

Meanwhile, another university professor was in the Washington

spotlight.

Edward Felten, assistant professor of computer science, presented

written testimony last Friday, followed by a personal appearance

Monday,

in the Justice Department’s anti-trust trial against Microsoft. Felten

contested Microsoft’s assertion that its Internet browser is an

integral

component of Windows 98 and to remove it would cause serious harm

to the operating system.

Felten testified that, with the assistance of several graduate

students,

he had written a 600-line program to remove Microsoft’s Internet

Explorer.

Once it had been removed, Felten continued, it was possible to run

the internet browser made by Microsoft’s rival, Netscape

Communications.

Readers of U.S. 1 will recognize Felten as a longtime advocate of

"Princeton in the Internet’s Service." Felten and his

associates

at the university’s Safe Internet Programming Group have uncovered

various flaws in Internet security, including opportunities for

"spoofing"

or closely imitating web sites to make visitors think they are where

they are not (U.S. 1, March 19, 1997). By week’s end, some may wonder

if the hackers are now running the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Holiday Deadlines

NEXT WEEK WE would ordinarily distribute U.S. 1 on Wednesday, December

23. But given the upcoming four-day holiday weekend, we are pushing

that paper off to the printer on Monday at noon, and delivering it

(and our much-awaited 1999 U.S. 1 Calendar) on Tuesday, December 22.

That means deadlines for news items, classifieds, and display ads

will be the end of the day on Friday, December 18. Our Preview section

will welcome your submissions only until the end of the day on

Thursday,

December 17.

After December 22 put that new calendar to use and mark Wednesday,

January 6. That’s when we will return from our annual winter solstice

revels (see page 48).


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