The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 42, No. 5-6, May-June

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What a difference a vote makes. In January, Barack Obama was being likened to Jimmy Carter. Now, after the passage of health care reform, he's being compared to LBJ. The Carter link was tenuous at best, but the comparison to Lyndon Johnson is apt....
Degrees of Speed: Millions of Unemployed Americans Need to Upgrade Their Skills, Fast. Community Colleges Aren't Up to the Task, but with Help from Washington, They Could Be
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Last year, at the height of the recession, America's unemployment rate hit 10.2 percent, slightly lower than the 10.8 percent peak of the previous major recession in the early 1980s. But the recent crisis is likely to prove...
Nuclear Reactionaries: It's a Big-Government-Dependent Tool to Fight Climate Change That Was Championed by Jimmy Carter, Is Now Dominated by the French, and Has Never Managed to Compete in the Marketplace. So Why, Exactly, Do Republicans Love Nuclear Power So Much?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When the White House released a budget proposal in February calling for $54 billion worth of federal loan guarantees for the construction of nuclear power plants, part of the idea was to woo the other side of the aisle. Congressional...
Partisan Hacks: Conservatives Have Discovered the Virtues of Investigative Journalism. but Can Their Reporting Survive Their Politics?
In early 2008, the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a Las Vegas-based libertarian think tank, decided to take a hard look at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, a public/private organization with an annual budget of about $200 million,...
The Wealth of Constellations: Can the Free Market Save the Space Program?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Marine Major General Charles F. Bolden has made a career of taking on daunting assignments. After growing up black in segregated South Carolina, Bolden spent his teenage years badgering congressmen into helping him gain admittance...
Tilting at Windmills
Me the people "The system is broken." This lament is heard constantly these days. But it's the same system we've always had. Resistant to change, to be sure, but, as the New Deal and the Great Society proved, capable of major reform. What's wrong...