The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 26, No. 11, November

Downsizing: Is It Aimed at the Right Targets?
When Robert Stempel became chairman of General Motors at the end of 1990, sales were beginning to fall, but even in his darkest moments Stempel probably didn't imagine how bad 1991 would be. That year, the nation's No. 1 automaker started losing more...
Stop Panicking about Inflation
On September 23, inflation was in the news. "This morning, the financial markets are preoccupied with inflation," trumpeted Neil Cabuto, host of CNBC's morning show, "Money Wheel." The Washington Post warned of an imminent "painful correction" as the...
The Book on the Press
Mary: Someone in the media has an original thought. One. Then the entire national press corps is done for the day, or week, or sometimes longer. Once the press line has been established, you can work for hours, days, even an entire campaign and not...
The Case for the Clean Slate
Congress has now limped out of Washington. Democrats are seething and scared; Republiscans are gleeful at the hash they've made and are licking their chops for more. "Glorious Gridlock," The Wall Street Journal proclaimed. But for most people, a bickering,...
What the Death of Health Reform Teaches Us about the Press
On a November day in 1991, the nascent Clinton presidential campaign summoned Ted Marmor, one of the authors of this article, to a private meeting with the Arkansas governor at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill. At the time, the politics of...
Why It's Too Hard to Fire Bad Teachers
At one Chicago school, a teacher locked a special education kindergartner in a closet for hours for defecating in his pants. Another teacher repeatedly used emergencies as excuses for being late, arriving minutes before 10 a.m.--the magic hour before...