The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 33, No. 10, October

Disconnect
How Bush and Michael Powell are killing the New Economy. And how to turn it around. ON THE LAST FRIDAY IN AUGUST, President Bush, fresh from his vacation in Texas, was asked by a reporter about his plans to address the frustration so many Americans...
John Edwards, Esq
Republicans believe that Americans will never elect a trial lawyer president. They're wrong. ON AUGUST 5TH, NBC's Meet the Press featured someone and something we're likely to see much more of in years to come: Senator John Edwards (D-N.C.) squaring...
Keeping the Faith
PRESIDENT BUSH ON MAY 21, went to the campus of Notre Dame University to unveil his beloved "faith-based initiative" to give federal support to religious organization that deliver services to the needy. Curiously, Notre Dame was also the site of Bill...
Left Hook
As you get older you're supposed to become more conservative. Am I the only one going the other way? WINSTON CHURCHILL ONCE famously declared, "If you're not a liberal when you're 20, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative when you're 40,...
Letters
Lilly Acres That Mitch Daniels is dangerous is beyond doubt ("The Third Man," July/August 2001). But if his career at Eli Lilly offers insight to his smarts, his competence is questionable. Daniels was one of the principal architects of Lilly's...
Publisher Perish
The coming battle over putting all scientific journals online for free. RICHARD ROBERTS, A NOBEL LAUREATE for his work on nucleic acids, has become a major pain-in-the-butt for the scientific publishing industry. Like many highly successful scientists,...
Putting the National in National Service
AmeriCorps Works. Time to Make It Bigger. AMERICA IS WITNESSING A WELCOME blooming of popular culture chronicling the contributions of the generation that lived through the Depression and vanquished fascism. From Saving Private Ryan to Tom Brokaw's...
Slower Than A Speeding Bullet
Why Amtrak's new Acela looks fast, but isn't. TWO-YEAR-OLD RYAN KINNEY looks up as a steely apparition pulls silently into Boston's South Station. A smile fights its way in between cheeks engorged with half-chewed McNuggets. "Acela," he says...
Tilting at Windmills
The Right Response to Terrorism * Phlebotomized Uranium Celebrity Chicken Soup * Tween Chic * Stalling at 70 mph ON SEPTEMBER 11TH, I SHARED the heartbreak, outrage, and surge of patriotism experienced by almost every American. As the days went...
To: Mr. President From: A Black Dude Re: How to My Vote
DEAR MR. BUSH: LIKE MANY AFRICAN Americans, I have been watching your first months in office with skeptical interest, and have concluded that you are the most unpopular president among African Americans since the civil rights movement. The signs...