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. 30, No. 10, October

Achilles Heel: Why Our Top Political Leaders Are Easy Targets for Terrorists
Why our top political leaders are easy targets for terrorists WHEN A LONE SCHIZOPHRENIC broke into the U.S. Capitol building in July and killed two security guards, many Americans were astonished. How could anyone--let alone a madman--get past the...
A New Prescription: Investing in Substance-Abuse Treatment Would Take a Big Bite out of Crime
Investing in substance-abuse treatment would take a big bite out of crime If, as conservative and liberals agree, the most basic responsibility of government is to protect the public safety of its citizens, then the failure to treat and train the...
Love Potion No. 91: Viagra Is Just the Latest Weapon in American's Battle with Mother Nature
Viagra is just the latest weapon in Americans' battle with Mother Nature A few months ago, I was a guest on a radio talk show to discuss men's growing obsession with their appearance and how a new breed of men's magazines is feeding that obsession....
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Potty Politics: Doesn't the Federal Government Have Anything Better to Worry About
In the past five years, as Congressional Republicans have mounted sweeping assaults on federal regulatory agencies, we have tried to illustrate the vital work regulations do in protecting our health and safety and in promoting economic growth and...
Republicans at the Trough: In the States, as in Washington, Republicans Are Just as Fond of Pork as Democrats
In the states, as in Washington, Republicans are just as fond of pork as Democrats THANKS TO A BOOMING STATE ECONOMY, Florida legislators this year had an extra $2.2 billion and approved their biggest budget ever, $45.3 billion. It was a rare opportunity...
Sex, Lies & Presidents: Clinton's Not the First President to Shade the Truth
Clinton's not the first-president to shade the truth JUST LIKE THE REST OF US, PRESIDENTS DO have secret lives. George Washington, on the eve of marrying Martha, confessed to Sally Fairfax, his best friend's wife, that he was really in love with...
The Monthly's Mission
Never has the title of this column seemed so apt. Never has our quest seemed so improbable. At a time when the polls tell us that interest in politics and government has sunk to an all-time low, when they show that young people disdain careers in public...
Tilting at Windmills: The First Four Years of the Fiske-Starr Inquiry Had Not Been Able to Lay a Glove on Bill or Hillary Clinton
THE YEAR 2000 PROBLEM seemed so remote, but now the costs are beginning to be alarming. The latest estimates of the cost to the taxpayer of fixing government computers is $5.4 billion. The OMB reports that the State and Defense departments as well as...
Which Side Are You On?
Forget the stain-status of the infamous Gap dress, the most intriguing mystery of the Clinton-Lewinsky brouhaha thus far has been the sharp differences in opinion it has wrought among scandal watchers. Some folks think the president is a piggish reprobate...