The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 31, No. 12, December

America's Real Drug Problem
Pharmaceuticals have replaced hospitals as Americans' prime health worry FRANK AND LOIS DEZELICH NEVER CONSIDERED themselves poor. Frank worked in construction and building insulation all his life, and when they retired they built their own home...
Letters
Score on Gore At last--a substantive story about a presidential candidate's accomplishments and visions ("The Stiff Man Has A Spine," September 199%. Thank you. I too am tired of the repeated characterizations of Vice President Al Gore as a "bore."...
Saving the Home from Martha Stewart
It may sound old-fashioned, but teaching Home Ec is common sense CAN WHIP UP A BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE-and-mandarin orange cheesecake good enough to rub in your hair. I can do exquisite white-on-white embroidery, fashioning elaborate flowers and glossy...
Snake Eyes
Even education programs can't redeem state lotteries IN 1990, ZELL MILLER, RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR of Georgia, figured out a way to increase spending on education without raising taxes: Create a lottery to fund scholarships for high school achievers....
The Exner File
Truth and fantasy from a president mistress THE DEATH OF JUDITH CAMPBELL Exner on Sept. 24, 1999, reminds us of the enormous impact she had on the reputation of President John Kennedy and on media coverage of the private lives of public figures....
The Gipper's Constitution
Republican judges are rewriting the law of the land OCTOBER 13, 1999--DAY 6,841 OF the Reagan Revolution. The Supreme Court hears an argument in Kimel v. Florida Board of Regents. Counsel asks the Court to recognize that state employees have the...
Tidbits & Outrages
Is that a watch in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? In August, the school district in Columbus, Ga., assigned aides to alter textbook photos of Emmanuel Leutze's famous "Washington Crossing the Delaware" painting because some grown-ups...
Tilting at Windmills
Brand Name Schools * Freeh's Favorites * The Missing Macintosh * The Gym Teacher's Desk * The Two Dozen Harleys * Bits and Pieces of a Democratic Manifesto "BRAND-NAME SCHOOLS AREN'T always better," was the headline above Michelle Singletary's article...
Whose Game Is It, Anyway?
Letting the fans step up to the plate WHEN JOHN CROTTY AND PETER Lyons learned the National Football League's New York Jets were being put up for sale this summer, they asked each other a seemingly naive question: why can't Jets fans like us buy...
Who's Who
There's a new consulting firm in town and you might say that its two partners seem an unlikely pair: Henry Kissinger, who became famous as Richard Nixon's national security advisor, and Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty, who served as Bill Clinton's chief of...