The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 33, No. 12, December

Can't Beat'em? Sue'em! What Liberal Lawyers Love about Bush's Education Plan
GEORGE W. BUSH LOVES TO GIVE people nicknames, often with a bit of an edge to them. Were Bush to meet attorney and activist Michael Rebell, it's a good bet he'd choose something along the lines of "Pointy-Headed Liberal." Rebell's colleagues use "Tortoise"...
Fixing a Fat Nation: Why Diets and Gyms Won't Save the Obesity Epidemic
ON A TUESDAY EVENING, IN A brightly lit classroom at West Jefferson Medical Center in suburban New Orleans, 10 fat people are gathered for their weekly support meeting under the guidance of a physician, a psychologist, and a dietician. One by one,...
Insider Baseball: Why a Major League Team Is Headed to Washington
CALVIN GRIFFITH, ONETIME OWNER of the original Washington Senators baseball team, was once asked why he moved the team in 1960 from Washington, D.C., to Minnesota. Griffith paused for a moment to consider. "Black people don't go to ball games, but...
Rich Man, Spore Man: If the Elite Want to Survive Bioterrorism, They'll Have to Make Sure the Poor Do, Too
ON OCTOBER 21, GOVERNMENT VANS, chartered buses, and even neighborhood mail trucks delivered a steady stream of postal workers to the ambulance bay of D.C. General Hospital. Nearly 4,000 people lined up to have their noses swabbed for anthrax spores...
Studs and Duds: In Afghanistan, the Navy Has Weapons That Work. So Why Don't the Army and the Air Force? (Cover Story)
A SINGLE WEAPON CAN SOMETIMES change the course of a war. Consider the Stinger missile, which the CIA supplied to Mujaheddin fighters in Afghanistan in 1986. The guerrillas promptly used the shoulder-launched rockets to shoot Soviet helicopters out...
Tilting at Windmills: Lacy Underthings * the Big Number * Terrorism: The Marriage Solution Competition for the CIA * Clientitis in Pakistan
"MARRIAGE INHIBITS ANTISOCIAL behavior among young adult males. Crime rates, for example, are highly correlated with a high percentage of unmarried young males in the population," reports the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University. This same...
Who's Who
Those who have lost family members to terrorism often speak of the frustration and powerlessness they feel at not being able to do anything personally to help bring the guilty to justice. This is one emotion that perhaps Solicitor General Theodore...