The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 4, April

Bragging Writes: How Presidential Candidates Try to Impress Reporters with Their Reading Lists
IN THIS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION SEASON, everything is happening faster. The primaries have been moved up, consultants hired sooner, and, because of the crowded field and mushrooming expense of running a campaign, fundraising has begun earlier. Consequently,...
Castro's Casting Couch: In Hollywood's Love Affair with Fidel, Who's Using Whom?
WHEN I ARRIVED LAST NOVEMBER, Cuba felt like a private paradise. Thanks to a steep decline in tourism, empty white-sand beaches were easy to find. My favorite Havana restaurant--a seven-table outdoor cafe with cheap beer and the best picadillo in town--contained...
Dick Gephardt in 2004 ST. Louis, Mo
To: DICK GEPHARDT FROM: TUCKER CARTER, POLITICAL CONSULTANT RE: BECOMING MORE JEWISH DICK, THE RECENT REVELATIONS THAT MOST OF THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES HAVE JEWISH ROOTS REQUIRES US TO TAKE SWIFT ACTION. JUST TO REVIEW THE RECENT NEWS: HOWARD...
Homeland Security Is for Girls: When It Comes to Worrying about Terrorism, Men Are from Mars and Women Are from Venus
PRESIDENT BUSH WAS FAMOUSLY criticized after September 11 for asking nothing of Americans but that they go shopping. In February, Bush's Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge went a step further: He gave Americans a shopping list. On the day he delivered...
Plane Threat: Terrorists Have Never Shot Down an American Passenger Jet with Surface-to-Air Missiles. but Only a Matter of Time
LATE LAST NOVEMBER, TWO SLENDER metal tubes arced into the Kenyan air, streaking toward a charter aircraft that had just taken off, laden with Israeli tourists, from the Mombasa airport. Fired by suspected al Qaeda operatives, the Soviet-made missiles...
Practice to Deceive: Chaos in the Middle East Isn't the Bush-Hawks' Nigthmare Scenario-It's Their Plan. (Cover Story)
IMAGINE IT'S SIX MONTHS FROM NOW. The Iraq war is over. After an initial burst of joy and gratitude at being liberated from Saddam's rule, the people of Iraq are watching, and waiting, and beginning to chafe under American occupation. Across the border,...
The Health of Nations: Instead of Forcing Seniors into HMOs, How about Forcing Them to Exercise?
TO GET AN IDEA OF HOW WILDLY ineffective our health-care system is, consider this: The United States spends roughly $4,500 per person on health care each year. Costa Rica spends just $273. That small Central American country also has half as many doctors...
Tilting at Windmills
Zip from Zacarias * Incurious Inspectors * Wall Street Pillow Talk District Dysfunction * 911 Unplugged "A CROSS BETWEEN SUSAN Sarandon and Donna from Mind of the Married Man ... Personable, articulate, sits on nonprofit boards." For me, this stood...
Who's Who
Who will rule Iraq when the shooting stops? The Bush administration has already announced that retired Gen. day Garner will head the Pentagon's new Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance. But Garner has maintained a low profile since...