The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 24, No. 9, September

Gang of Three; Meet the Real Democratic Party Bosses: Teachers' Unions, Government Employees and the AARP
Just before Bill Clinton's speech at the AFSCME convention last summer, the inside word was that the candidate would give a gloves-off, fire-in-the-belly performance. He'd speak the hard truths about cutting government payrolls; he'd talk about unpadding...
Kuwaitgate
On October 10, 1990, 15-year-old Nayirah was the most influential girl in the world. Tearfully relaying to Congress how she had witnessed Saddam's soldiers removing Kuwaiti babies from incubators and leaving them to die on a hospital floor, she added...
Lord of the Lies; How Hill and Knowlton's Robert Gray Pulls Washington's Strings
This article is adapted from The Power House: Robert Keith Gray and the Selling of Access and Influence in Washington, recently published by St. Martin 's Press. In the old days, when Robert Gray was a staffer in the Eisenhower White House and had...
Power Play
Twenty-four-year-old Jim Horn, an engineer new to California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, was flipping through a copy of the reactor's blueprints when he spotted a design flaw so massive it could have been a Cal-Tech marching band prank. Huge...
Repoll Man; One Politician's Solution to the Preelection Polls That Almost Sunk Him: One More Poll
Readers of the May 16, 1992, Oregonian couldn't help but draw a conclusion about my bid to win the Democratic nomination for secretary of state, Oregon's second ranking state office: I was toast. With just three days until the primary, I was 11...
Universal Soldier: What Paula Coughlin Can Teach American Women
Deep in the 2,200 pages of Naval InvesbtigatiVe Service transcripts about the infamous Tailhook weekend, a moment of humanity interrupts a catalog of outrage and indifference. A man sees a distraught woman flee onto a hotel balcony, her clothes stretched...