The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 43, No. 1-2, January-February

A Time against Race: Last Year Mitch Landrieu Became the First White Mayor of New Orleans in Three Decades. He Did So by Garnering Majority Support from Citizens of Both Races-The Rarest of Achievements in American Politics. How Long Can He Hold It All Together?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the wake of Hurricane Katrina--after all the survivors had been evacuated from the Superdome, plucked from a rooftop, or rescued from one of the city's squalid highway interchanges--a new fear began to grip the black population...
Get the Energy Sector off the Dole: Why Ending All Government Subsidies for Fuel Production Will Lead to a Cleaner Energy Future-And Why Obama Has a Rare Chance to Make It Happen
Last September, President Obama promised that the cornerstone of his legislative program for 2011 would be to set an energy policy "that helps us grow at the same time as it deals with climate change in a serious way." Today, the president might...
The Jiujitsu Kid
In January of 1998, Bill Clinton stepped into the well of the House of Representatives to deliver his State of the Union address. Behind him was then Speaker Newt Gingrich; before him, a hostile GOP majority. The Republicans wanted nothing more than...
Tilting at Windmills
Finally, an audience! The members of the Foreign Service owe a great debt to Julian Assange. He got their cables read. One of the major frustrations of Foreign Service officers has been getting their voices heard amid the vast clutter of information...
What He Should Say in the State of the Union
INTRODUCTION: CLINTON NEEDED HELP IN '94. YOU NEED HELP NOW By William A. Galston On November 8, 1994, the Democratic Party suffered what was then its worst midterm defeat since 1946. At the time, I was deputy assistant for domestic policy in...