The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 38, No. 9, September

A Higher Power: James Baker Puts Bush's Iraq Policy into Rehab
Amid the highly charged political infighting in Washington over what to do in Iraq, you might be excused for not noticing that a bipartisan commission quietly started work last spring with a mandate to help the Bush administration rethink its policy...
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Apps Lit: What the New Wave of College-Admissions Fiction Tells Us about Higher Education
Not long after graduating from Princeton with a literature degree and $81,000 in student loans, Noah, the son of a struggling single mother from rural Virginia, took a job as an SAT tutor on Manhattan's Upper East Side. For $395 an hour, he schooled...
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Hoosier Daddy: What Rising Democratic Star Barack Obama Can Learn from an Old Lion of the GOP
Many Americans would like to be president, but only the fewest have a presidential-grade mentor. For those in the market for a guru, however, the Senate has a particularly good track record. In the 1940s, Congressman Gerald Ford learned about Washington...
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Is Our Students Learning? the Measurements Elite Colleges Don't Want You to See
Imagine you're about to put a chunk of your life savings into a mutual fund. Now imagine you peruse the various "best mutual fund" guides on the news rack, only to find they're all missing crucial pieces of information. The guides list where the...
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Liberal Arts Colleges
Overall Score: Overall score represents the combined score of our three metrics-social mobility, research, and service-where the highest is 100 and the lowest is zero. Each individual metric is worth 33 and a third total points. Social Mobility:...
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National Universities
Overall Score: Overall score represents the combined score of our three metrics--social mobility, research, and service--where the highest is 100 and the lowest is zero. Each individual metric is worth 33 and a third total points. Social Mobility:...
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Now That's Classy: How Teach for America Turned National Service into a Status Symbol
Next month, 1,000 of my closest friends and I will begin our senior year at Columbia. We will then enter a year-long panic about our futures. We'll consider all the usual options. Wannabe lawyers will weigh medium-term futures as law students in...
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Rove 2.0: Dick Wadhams Is the Next Republican Maestro of Cutthroat Campaigning. Can Democrats Figure out How to Stop Him?
This spring, former combat Marine, one-time Reagan Navy secretary, and first-time candidate James Webb surprised political experts by entering the Democratic Senate primary in Virginia at the last minute--and winning. Three days later, Webb shocked...
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The Washington's Monthly's: Annual College Guide
A year ago, we decided we'd had enough of laying into U.S. News & World Report for shortcomings in its college guide. If we were so smart, maybe we should produce a college guide of our own. So we did. (We're that smart.) We've produced a second...
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Tilting at Windmills
Cut and run I One of my favorite columnists, Molly Ivins, points out that after roundly condemning Democrats as a bunch of cut-and-run sissies, the administration proceeded to announce its own version of cut and run when Gen. George W. Casey...
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