The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 31, No. 10, October

Deadly Surprise
Will Y2K cause chemical disasters? HERE'S A SOBERING THOUGHT: AT least 85 million Americans live within five miles of a facility that handles toxic chemicals. And there is no information on what steps a huge number of these companies have taken...
Letters
Bought and Paid For As a reporter at a travel trade magazine who frequently takes fully expense-paid press trips, I was very pleased to discover Elizabeth Austin's article "All Expenses Paid" (July/August 1999). Finally, someone has said what I...
Memo of the Month
U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division MEMORANDUM To: All EES Personnel From: Re: Information About a Colleague This memorandum is to notify you of a change that will be occurring of us at EES. Our colleague...
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Why did one of Washington's most respected law firms agree to represent Big Tobacco? HARRY MCPHERSON HAS A COPY of The Nation lying on his expansive desk in his corner office at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand in downtown Washington....
The Final Days of the Third Reich
As told to Woodward and Bernstein A Note From Charles Peters: A few months ago, a reporter for Brill's Content, in the midst of interviewing me about another matter, mentioned how delighted she had been by a recent Monthly piece by Art Levine....
The Washington Monthly Journalism Award
OCTOBER 1999 WILLIAM FULTON AND PAUL SHIGLEY "Operation Desert Sprawl" Governing Magazine Ever since the mid-1980s, Las Vegas has been crying to transform itself from the city of vice to the city of nice. Generally, property owners have paid...
Tilting at Windmills
Bruce The Innocent * Alms for Buffett * Culinary Cowardice * Brigadier Gigolo * Taking the Sport Fish Logo to Tokyo HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT YOUR Republican friends who ridicule Hillary Clinton for putting up with Bill are the same people who usually...
What Was Really Great about the Great Society
The truth behind the conservative myths IF THERE IS A PRIZE FOR THE POLITICAL scam of the 20th century, it should go to the conservatives for propagating as conventional wisdom that the Great Society programs of the 1960s were a misguided and failed...
Who's Who
The big wheels in the George W. Bush campaign are Karl Rove, Joe Allbaugh, and Karen Hughes. Rove is described as "the real genius of the operation" and also as "a control freak." "[O]n a personal basis Hughes is probably closest to the governor of...
You've Got a Long Way to Go, Baby
Women's magazines continue to create--and exploit--women's anxiety THE TEST MONITORS HAD WARNED that removing anything from the Advanced Placement English Exam book was strictly off-limits. But when I read the opening paragraph of Joan Didion's...