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. 28, No. 12, December

Another Beltway Bubba? Fred Thompson Has Spun an Insider Background into a Good Ol' Boy Image That Could Take Him to the White House
TRUE STORY: IT IS A WARM EVENING IN the summer of 1995. A crowd has gathered in the auditorium of a suburban high school in Knoxville, Tennessee. Seated in the audience is a childhood friend of mine who now teaches at the school. On stage is Republican...
Battle of the White Hats: Two Campaign Finance Reform Groups Fight the Good Fight - with Each Other
ON A SACRAMENTO STREET DOTTED with pawn shops and storefront eateries a vintage 14-story office building stands out amidst the flat, faceless, structures around it. The building's inexpensive rents and proximity to the state capitol have made it a...
Credibility Gulf: The Military's Battle over Whether to Protect Its Image or Its Troops
IN SEPTEMBER, BILL CLINTON ENDED A WAR the U.S. military had been fighting for more than two decades--against its own soldiers. He I signed legislation agreeing to compensate veterans for the health problems and birth defects believed to have been...
Most Favored Lobby: China Gets What It Wants the Old-Fashioned Way
DORAL COOPER AND RONALD HOLLEY are from different worlds. She lives in Washington, D.C., and is a former trade official in the Reagan administration who has used the experience gained in her government job to become a high-powered lobbyist. He lives...
X-33 Men: Gore and Goldin's New Space Shuttle Is a Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come
IT WOULD BE HARD TO IMAGINE A MEDIA opportunity better suited to Vice President Al Gore and NASA Administrator Dan Goldin than their recent visit to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. There was Gore, the administration's chief Techno-Democrat...