The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 36, No. 9, September

Dream Deferred: The Most Inspired Caseworker in America's Most Lauded Welfare Agency Can Barely Do His Job
Mi-ike!" she rasped. She stood so close it was all he could do to keep from backing away. She talked with such a loud lisp he thought she might be retarded. She was missing half her teeth, and her skin looked almost plastic. If she weren't so big in...
Follow the Money: How John Kerry Busted the Terrorists' Favorite Bank
Two decades ago, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) was a highly respected financial titan. In 1987, when its subsidiary helped finance a deal involving Texas oilman George W. Bush, the bank appeared to be a reputable institution,...
Higher Ed, Inc
While I was working for the Peace Corps back in the 1960s, I began to notice that the idealism of the students who were volunteering for our ,and other worthy causes was accompanied by a less noble but growing trend rewards commercialism by their universities....
Hired Hand: Meet the Democratic Operative Running the GOP Convention: "Airline Insecurity": Seattle Times: July 11-13, 2004
Not long ago, Kevin Sheekey opened up his copy of National Journal, an insider Beltway publication read mostly by lobbyists and Hill staffers, and spotted a little blurb about himself under the title 'A Look at Five Key GOP Operatives." Sheekey does...
Meanwhile in America
I finally went to see 'Farenheit 9/11,' and halfway through the docuganda, someone burst into the theater and yelled-- YOU'RE ALL SUCKING MICHAEL MOORE'S DICK! As the election draws nearer, from sea to shining sea, it seems the American people...
Rebels in Izods: Why Virginia Is Tilting toward Kerry
The strangest thing about states is that they actually have characteristics. Start on the bank of a rivet-, sweep down over thousands of square miles of American turf, farms, suburbs, and cities, and stop at a line of longitude; it's not exactly a...
Spooks and Ladders: Critics Say the CIA Produces Risk-Averse Careerists. Exhibit A: Porter Goss
Long before the United States invaded Iraq based on "slam dunk" intelligence that turned out to be wrong, critics complained of a culture of risk-averse careerism at the Central Intelligence Agency--including a tendency to slant analysis towards the...
What If He Wins?
The Triumph of Anything Goes By David Greenberg We all know that George W. Bush's reelection would probably bring about more illiberal policies regarding social justice, education, the arts, economic fairness, environmental protection, consumer...