The Washington Monthly

An independent monthly magazine devoted to politics, government, culture, and the media in America, from a progressive perspective. Publishes investigative and opinion-based feature articles by notable authors, short news items, humorous sidebars, and boo

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 7-8, July-August

Bad News Bearers
The media really were mugging Bill Clinton. Here's the proof. Back in the Democrats' glory fore they were elected), the Clinton image warriors figured out how to win the message crusade. Swallowing their pride--or what was left of it--the Democrats...
Home Not Alone
Apartments carved out of homes are one smart way to beat the low-cost housing crunch. So how come most states wont legalize them? In a city near you, tens of thousands of otherwise upstanding citizens are engaged in criminal activity. The outlaws...
'More Champagne, Ms. Mitchell?' (Investigation of White House Travel Office)
The other side of the Travelgate story and why the media didn't tell you about it. The close reader could sight the traces of a guilty conscience. At the height of the controversy over President Clinton's dismissal of White House travel office...
Myth Information
How an unwitting press gets policy wrong. It was the first Sunday in June, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan was on a roll. Buoyant and sporting a red bow tie, the New York senator played the avuncular eider statesman on ABC's "This Week With David Brinkley,"...
Reading, Writing, and Ripoffs
The only ones helped by teaching fads are those who market them. When Phillip Composto was a teacher, he took a no-nonsense approach to resolving student disputes: Sit the combatants down, allow each to speak his piece, and then give equal time...
The Shell Game
Pentagon officials think they have already conned Clinton out of billions for a wish list of expensive, unecessary equipment. Here's how Clinton can prove them wrong. The military is going to take Bill Clinton to the cleaners. It'll happen in...