The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 25, No. 6, June

Capitol Punishment: How the Hill's Religion of the Revolving Door Cost Me My Job in a Senate Office
Business As Usual: Bill Clinton says he's going to clean up Washington, but the people with the money clearly don't believe him. Last week the Republican lobbying firm of Black, Manafort, Stone & Kelly hired for an undisclosed six-figure salary...
Class Action: What Clinton's National Service Program Could Learn from Teach for America
For a guy who isn't known for making short speeches, President Clinton can pack a lot into a few words. In the State of the Union address in January, at Rutgers University in March, and again in New Orleans on the 100th day of his administration, Clinton...
Hill Climbers
It's been a terrible six months--months of religiously reading the classifieds in Roll Call and explaining to congressional office managers how your political science major, combined with that volunteer campaign work last fall, uniquely qualify you...
Perot and Con
By the time of the Major League All Star game last July, Edgar Martinez was near the top of virtually every stack of numbers in the big leagues: third in the league in hitting (.319 average), 46 runs-batted-in, 14 home runs--and a standout third baseman....
Terminal Idiots: Nobody's Dumber at Buying Computers Than Uncle Sam
When a railroad tank car filled with pesticide overturned into the Sacramento River two summers ago, killing fish as far as 22 miles downstream, California authorities feared for the health of riverside residents. Not to worry, pesticide experts...
Where's the Beef Been?
About the last thing the beef industry needed was an outbreak of killer hamburgers. After all, meat producers have had their fill of bad news in recent years: Scientists churning out more and more evidence that beef fat not only plumps up your girth,...
Yosemite Scam
The good news is that summer, and summer vacation, are just a few weeks away. The not-so-good news is that, if you're like most Americans, you're going to have to find something to do with that time off. At $1,000 a person just for the airfare, Europe's...