The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 25, No. 4, April

Bad Forms
You didn't have to be a brain surgeon, or a surgeon at all, to have suspected that Phillip (not his real name), a 34-year old man with size-C cup breasts, might have had a medical problem. So when a New York-based doctor--who is a surgeon (one with...
Brother, Can You Spare My BMW: Some of What's on Clinton's Agenda - and a Lot of What Isn't - Is a Boon to Yuppies
Of the media's many renderings of Bill Clinton, the most interesting is the one that emerged shortly after his State of the Union address: Clinton the class traitor. "Here is the first yuppie president, and he almost immediately turns on his fellow...
Married with Alibi: Why Women Aspiring to Political Office Shouldn't Use the My-Husband-Did-It Excuse
As President Clinton's tortured quest for a female attorney general came to a half with an unmarried, childless woman who lived with her mother, some feminist commentators took to seeing the fiasco as further proof of a backlash against working women,...
Money for Nothing
"How would you like to make a lot of money?" It seemed to be just another late-night TV ad for a get-rich-quick course, like so many that clog the airwaves in these recessionary times--but, somehow, this time I felt it was speaking directly to me....
Out of House, out of Mind
For Science Applications International Corporation, the deal was a sweet one. The Department of Defense had hired the company to evaluate weapons performance. Simultaneously, Science Applications (SAIC) had contracts or subcontracts to help make many...
Righting Sentences: Let's Get Smart about Who Should - and Shouldn't - Be in Jail
Kenneth McDuff was called "the most extraordinarily violent criminal ever to set foot in Falls County, Texas," by the Falls County district attorney. He was also extraordinarily lucky. After being convicted of brutally murdering two teenage boys and...
Service Charge: If Clinton Wants to Make National Service Work, He's Got to Think Big and Cheap
The most nostalgic link between the Clinton era and the Kennedy administration for me is the rebirth of the early Peace Corps idealism in the promise of a National Service Corps. But between the promise and the deed often falls a shadow. Will President...
The Sleaze in the Statehouses
Inside the fortress nestled in the woods of Fairfax County, Virginia, that is Mobil Oil Corporation's world headquarters, four company officials sat at a conference table and tried to explain what they didn't do to kill a clean air bill supported by...
What the Religious Right Can Teach the New Democrats: Extremists Aside, America's Evangelicals Have a Message We All Need to Hear
Sneering at the Religious Right of his day--Tennessee Holy Rollers who campaigned to ban the teaching of evolution in the 1920s--H. L. Mencken famously called evangelical Christianity "a childish theology" "rounded upon hate" for "half-wits," "morons,"...