The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 33, No. 5, May

Bird Brains
While 2.3 million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder, the National Institute of Mental Health is studying how pigeons think BIRDS ARE EVERYWHERE AT THE National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). There are sparrows, finches, canaries, bluebirds,...
Claimjumpers
What are the problems confronting local governments, and how are they solving them? A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T TRUST insurance companies--for good reason. Insurance companies are notorious for taking customers' money and then finding creative ways to...
Doc'd
Why a Ph.D. is a fast ticket to the unemployment line EVER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER, I'VE BEEN interested in math and science. In my youth, my mother would wake me up to see astronomer Carl Sagan on "The Tonight Show" In high school, my favorite subjects...
Extremism in Defense of Moderation Is No Vice
The moderate Republicans are likable and often right. Why aren't they more influential? A MODERATE REPUBLICAN CHAMPIONING early childcare can feel a little lonely sometimes. In late March, Vermont's Republican senator, James Jeffords, passionately...
Flatlinining
The coming collapse of managed care and the only way out EVERYONE KNOWS THE HORROR STORIES of managed care: the denied treatment, the preauthorizations, refusals to allow sub-specialty care, etc. So there is little reason to mention the motorized...
Memo of the Month
MEMORANDUM Privileged and Confidential Not to Be Distributed Outside of Task Force To: Remote Staff Task Force From: John D. Gardiner Date: September 11, 1995 Subject: Summary of Legal Issues and Options Related to Remote Staff 1. Introduction...
Playground or Preserve?
How the recreation industry has become the newest threat to our public lands THERE IS NOBODY LESS POPULAR among Coloradans than a Texan. So if your brother and you happen to be Texans who get your Dodge Ram and Jeep Wrangler stuck on a steep mountain...
The Washington Monthly Journalism Award
MARCH 2001 DUFF WILSON AND DAVID HEATH "Uninformed Consent" The Seattle Times, March 2001 In a five-part series, Wilson and Heath expose questionable research methods and practices at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle,...
Tilting at Windmills
Red Light Runners * Ivy Singles * Lady Lawyers Suspicious Surpluses * Corona and Verona * The Buckley Conflict TREASURY SECRETARY PAUL O'Neill made a speech on March 31, suggesting that the government "should be able to close down businesses...
Weapons of Mass Confusion
How pork trumps preparedness in the fight against terrorism IF THE UNITED STATES SHOULD FALL VICTIM to a chemical or biological terrorist attack like the one that killed a dozen people and injured 5,000 in Tokyo's subway six years ago, the nation...
Who's Who
If you have shared our curiosity about whether Karen Hughes would be able to defend her White House turf against the veteran Washington operator, Margaret Tutwiler, the answer is now clear. Hughes is still in the White House and Tutwiler is being dispatched...