The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 29, No. 4, April

A New Breed of Hired Gun: In Today's Legal System, You Not Only Need the Best Lawyers Money Can Buy - but Also the Best Expert Witnesses
In today's legal system, you not only need the best lawyers money can buy--but also the best expert witnesses Carmen Mistich was tootling down St. Bernard Highway just outside New Orleans when a full-size pickup truck traveling at least 40 mph faster...
Bad Choices for Big Jobs: How Clinton Misplays Identity Politics
How Clinton misplays identity politics After four years in the oval office, Bill Clinton has learned a lesson or two about what it takes to be a successful President: Don't expect the American public to embrace comprehensive health care reform. Don't...
How to Make College Affordable: No One Is Talking about the Best and Cheapest Solution
No one is talking about the best and cheapest solution Unless your last name is Rockfeller, chances are you're unnerved by the sky-rocketing cost of a college education. Perhaps you've heard that between 1981 and 1995, tuition at even traditionally...
Mission Creep: In This Era of Budget Cutting, Why Is the VA Trying to Expand Its Clientele?
In this era of budget cutting, why is the VA trying to expand its clientele? Herbert Slutsky led a contingent of protesters toward the entrance of Chicago's West Side Veterans Affairs Medical Center, tailed by an entourage of cameramen and reporters....
Pill Pushers: Pharmaceutical Companies Are Emphasizing Marketing - and Downplaying Responsible Medicine
Pharmaceutical companies are emphasizing marketing--and downplaying responsible medicine Recently, while scanning the "buy" pages of a prominent Wall Street analyst's report, I came across these rather remarkable words: "We are recommending that...
The End Is near! Why Disaster Movies Make Sense (and Dollars) in the '90S
An embarrassing confession: I remember The Poseidon Adventure as one of the most exciting movies of my childhood. Star Wars-level exciting. The gripping story of a capsized cruise ship on New Year's Eve, it follows a handful of survivors' struggle...
Why the Right May Be Right: After Two Decades, Why Is the Department of Education Still Ignoring the Basic Problems Plaguing Our Public Schools?
Most often these days it seems, that, when people hear about some new example of bureaucratic ineptitude, they say to themselves or--to anyone who is listening--"That just shows government doesn't work." There are also those who, like Charles Murray...