The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 33, No. 11, November

Bush's Big Test: The President's Education Bill Is a Disaster in the Making. Here's How He Can Fix It
SOMETIME VERY SOON, POSSIBLY BY THE time you read this, Congress is likely to pass the president's education plan--a sweeping blueprint to reform the nation's public schools. But the legislation is a disaster in the making. The White House knows this....
Clarification of Leave Policy for September 11, 2001. (Memo of the Month)
Cleared by: HR/EX All All employees State Executive Office U.S. Department of State TO: PS, Room 1758 N.S. ...
God's Foreign Policy': Why the Biggest Threat to Bush's War Strategy Isn't Coming from Muslims, but from Christians
SHORTLY AFTER THE SEPTEMBER II terrorist attack, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, two longtime figureheads of the evangelical movement, appeared together on the Christian Broadcasting Network to suggest the attack might have been caused by God's anger...
Life Logic. (Letters)
How did a review as full of illogic and irrelevance as Gregg Easterbrook's ("We're All Darwinians Now," September 2001) slip past your editorial vigilance? Easterbrook argued that religion and evolution are coming to a modus vivendi as scientists realize...
Nest Eggs, over Easy: Everyone Who Still Wishes Your Social Security Benefits Were Invested in the Stock Market, Raise Your Hand
RARELY DO POLICYMAKERS GET THE chance to test the viability of a controversial proposal before it's enacted. But that's what happened on September 11. up until then, Washington was rushing headlong into a knock-down-drag-out debate over the Bush administration's...
Now Do You Believe We Need a Draft? We're in a New Kind of War. Time for a New Kind of Draft
PRESIDENT BUSH HAS SAID THAT THE new war against terrorism will be a different kind of conflict. He is more right than he knows. Not only are we facing a uniquely shadowy enemy, one committed to inflicting mass civilian casualties on US. soil. But...
The Wisdom of Ann Coulter
AFTER THE SEPTEMBER II ATTACK MASTERMINDED by a terrorist hoping to spark a religious war, virtually every official and pundit knew better than to take the bait. Except for conservative commentator Ann Coulter, who wrote in a syndicated column on September...
Tilting at Windmills: The Big Story * the Handful of Marshals * the Actor's Wife Fleeing to the Hamptons * a Smart Tax Cut * and a Dumb One
ONE OF THE WAYS I PREPARE to write this column is by collecting clippings of newspaper and magazine articles that I found interesting during the preceding month. Then, the day before I start writing, I sort the clips, discarding those that on reflection...
When Rubbers Hit the Road: HIV Infection among Gay Men Is on the Rise. This Time, It Will Take More Than Condoms to Stop It
FIRST THING MOST MORNINGS, WHILE it's still dark, before I swing my legs out of bed to get ready for the gym, I reach for the phone and call one of the many dial-a-boy phone chat services that cater to gay men. On these lines, I leave a message describing...
Who's Who
When anthrax-laced letters turned up on Capitol Hill last month, House Speaker Dennis Hastert shut down the House of Representatives. His decision drew praise from colleagues who were able to head home a day earlier than expected. Media reaction to...