The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 34, No. 3, March

Confessions of a Black Mr. Mom: One Man's Crusade to Redefine African-American Fatherhood
IN ONE OF HIS MORE INTERESTING COMIC sketches, Chris Rock compares one group of African Americans, "niggas," to another more wholesome group, "black people." "You know what really bugs me about niggas is the way they always take credit for stuff a...
Designer Babies: Human Cloning Is a Long Way off, but Bioengineered Kids Are Already Here
IN THE MID-1990S, EMBRYOLOGIST Jacques Cohen pioneered a promising new technique for helping infertile women have children. His technique, known as cytoplasmic transfer, was intended to "rescue" the eggs of infertile women who had undergone repeated,...
Desparately Seeking Status: With a Clever Lawyer, You Too Can Start a 9-11 Charity-And Give Nothing to the Victims
YOU CAN SQUINT AT THE FINE PRINT. You can click on every link. But even the keenest eyes won't find mention of September 11 relief efforts on the web site of the Animal Friendly License Plate Association, a nonprofit agency in Kansas City, Mo. That's...
Naval Maneuvering. (Letters)
As a Navy engineer, I'm pleased to hear that the Navy is doing something correctly ("Studs and Duds," by Eric Umansky, December 2001). Most of us in the Navy civil service work tirelessly to provide the war fighter the best possible product. Ben R....
Runway Inflation: How Flying Wedding Chapels and Alaskan Bush Pilots Landed a Share of the Airline Bailout
IN THE DAYS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING September 11, members of Congress took to the airwaves and the floor of the Capitol with dire warnings that if Congress did not act quickly, the American airline industry would go belly-up, bringing the nation's business...
The Broadband Militia: A New Breed of Underground Internet Entrepreneurs Could End the Recession. If Only Washington Would Let Them
ON A RECENT CRISP SUNNY DAY IN Manhattan, I strolled up to a faded wrought-iron bench in Tompkins Square Park, flipped open my new Sony Vaio laptop, and as I sipped a cappuccino, began downloading my email. While new messages zipped into my PC at speeds...
Tilting at Windmills: Outed Farmers * Plane Too Far * Careless Cooks Philby of the FBI * NBC's Shame * Bribes for Admission
BOB WOODWARD AND DAN Balz have written a series for The Washington Post called "10 Days in September: Inside the War Cabinet." It's one of those hour-by-hour, day-by-day accounts that's called a "tick-tock" in the news business ("At 9:32 a.m.," etc.)....
What's Love Got to Do with It? Why Oprah's Still Single
TAMA MATTOCKS IS A LIVELY, ARTICulate 42-year-old African-American woman who lobbies for a healthcare association in Washington, D.C. A native of Detroit, she attended Wayne State University before pursuing a doctorate in anthropology at the University...
Who's Who
In January, Martin Peretz, owner of The New Republic, sold a majority stake in the venerable weekly to financiers Michael Steinhardt and Roger Hertog. Hertog, vice chairman of Alliance Capital Management, is currently in hot water for Alliance's handling...
Why Can't Democrats Get Tough? Bush's White House Is Partisan, Imperial, and Ruthless, but Not Invulnerable. (Cover Story)
ON Nov. 22, 2000, IT LOOKED as if the presidency of the United States was about to be decided in Miami, Fla. That morning, a three-judge canvassing board in Miami-Dade County resolved to recount 10,750 "undervotes"--ballots which machines had read...