The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 36, No. 7-8, July-August

Break Up This Band! How Government Protects Big Media-And Shuts out Upstarts like Me
In the late 1960s, when Turner Communications was a business of billboards and radio stations and I was spending much of my energy ocean racing, a UHF-TV station came up for sale in Atlanta. It was losing $50,000 a month and its programs were viewed...
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Hot for Teachers: John Kerry's Quietly Radical School Reform Plan
A while back, I had occasion to talk to a woman named Lillian Lopez about a bold choice she had decided not to make. Lopez, who lives in a barrio on the east side of Oakland, Calif., is a Mexican-American mom with dark red hair and a firm and plain-spoken...
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Independence Way: John Kerry Thinks We Can Innovate Our Way to Energy Security. We're Closer Than He Knows
If there's one topic on which Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry seems to have the vision thing, it's his goal of freeing America from her dependence on foreign oil. Last month, while delivering the weekly Democratic radio address, Kerry...
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Meanwhile in America
Recently my friend Michael was lamenting the presidential match-up with me ... I'D LIKE TO VOTE FOR SOMEONE I'D LIKE TO VOTE FOR. I'D LIKE TO EXPERIENCE THAT AT LEAST ONCE IN MY LIFE. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN VOTING FOR THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS. IT'S...
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Movable Feat: The Insanity of Relocating the Olympics Every Four Years
In late March, I found myself among a busload of foreign journalists in Athens looking for something interesting to write about the upcoming Olympics. Each time we passed a bulldozer shoveling dirt or a crew with jackhammers stirring dust at one of...
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Paper Chaser: How a Young, Self-Employed Lawyer Became the Best Supreme Court Litigator in Washington
If you happened to drop by the Supreme Court session on April 26, during which the justices were hearing a rather dry case involving antitrust violations, you would have glimpsed a baby-faced young attorney with a slight build and an infectious grin...
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Religious Left
Our campaign to take religion back from the fight recently became less lonely. "More than 350 political liberals of many faiths gathered in Washington," reports The Washington Post, "to begin what some pollsters say is a quixotic task: restoring the...
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Roosevelt's Girlfriends
Back to the relationship of a politician's sex life to his public role. I remember being on NBC's "Meet the Press" one Sunday in December 1998 with William Satire, Sally Quinn, and Tim Russert. My fellow panelists took a stern view of President Clinton's...
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The Crucible: How the Iraq Disaster Is Making the U.S. Army Stronger
In late 1862, as he watched thousands of Union soldiers die during the bloody battle of Fredericksburg, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee said grimly: "It is well that war is so terrible--we should grow too fond of it." The war American forces are embroiled...
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The Greatest Convention: In 1940, the Contest Was Never Closer, the Stakes Never Higher
Political conventions have not always been so devoid of excitement that television networks cover them only grudgingly. Nominees have not always been determined months in advance of the proceedings whose original purpose was to choose them. But it...
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Who's Who: Kerry-Edwards Campaign Edition
If a presidential candidate's essential political self is reflected in the people he hires, John Kerry sure looks like an old-fashioned Massachusetts liberal. The state's senior senator, Ted Kennedy, exerts a strong gravitational pull: His former chief...
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