The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 31, No. 11, November

Asleep on the Beat
Who would have thought that the Clinton administration would fall to enforce our environmental laws? WHEN NEWT GINGRICH AND HIS fellow Republicans forced a temporary government shutdown in late 1995, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator...
Deadly Compromise
Liberals and conservatives are both wrong about the death penalty IN THE LONG-RUNNING BATTLE OVER America's death penalty, two trends have emerged to stoke passions on opposing sides of the debate. An alarming number of men--82--have been freed...
Guinea Pigs
When doctors experiment on their patients AS THE NAZI DOCTORS KNEW WELL, there's a seductive inverse relationship in human experiments: the less you protect the particular humans you study, more you can learn about humans in general. Systematic...
Harlot's Web
Why and how the government should regulate the Internet JUDY FISCHER WAS FRUSTRATED BY HOW hard it can be to tell the good guys from the bad guys on the World Wide Web. So she decided to start an organization called the Web Assurance Bureau that...
Letters
Grade Inflation The letter to the editor in the September edition, from David Grant, prompted me to look up your "Tilting at Windmills" mention of federal government "deadwood" in the July/August issue. (By the way, this is the first time I've checked...
Memo of the Month
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Monday, August 16,1999 Dear Assignment Editor/Reporter As you are aware, for weeks the ongoing story of the drought in the greater Washington...
The Think Tank as Flack
How Microsoft and other corporations use conservative policy groups ON SEPTEMBER 18, The New York Times ran a breathless front-page account of corporate propaganda. The Microsoft Corporation, we learned, had bankrolled a California think tank--ironically...
Tilting at Windmills
Warren Beatty vs. The Broadcasters * Florence Nightingale vs. The Bureaucrats The September Spending Spree * Carving Up Conrail * It's all in the Label A FEW YEARS AGO I WROTE about a woman's resume that, after listing the schools she attended,...
Turkey Farm
The government can't afford to keep ignoring the case for rearming civil service tenure JIM WORKED IN A DEFENSE DEPARTMENT office with an employee whose lack of productivity was matched only by his hostile attitude. Eventually, a good manager with...
Who's Who
Ben Barnes, the former speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, is the man who recommended George W. Bush for a hard-to-get slot in the Vietnam-era Texas Air National Guard. Barnes has said, and the Bush camp has duly emphasized, that neither...