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. 30, No. 5, May

A Kinder, Gentler Burma: For the Right Price, Washington Lobbyists Can Put a Positive Face on the Most Oppressive Foreign Junta
For the right price, Washington lobbyists can put a positive face on the most oppressive foreign junta Despite what many people think, lobbying is hard work. Consider, for instance, the heroic struggles of Jefferson-Waterman International, a D.C.-based...
A Lobby the Media Won't Touch
How the media lobby wields its power in Washington -- and how it gets away with it For more than a year now, in the best tradition of a free press, "NBC News" has been aiming its proud beak at examples of what it calls the "Fleecing of America" --...
An Open Letter to the President and Congress of the United States: A Statement by Unidad Cubana
"There is a limit to the tears shed over the graves of the dead, and that is the infinite love of the Country that is sworn over their dead bodies." Jose Marti Unidad Cubana publicly reaffirms the position it has been stating since its foundation...
A Vital Compromise: It's Time to Give Vouchers a Try in Our Worst Public Schools
Reminders of the sorry state of our urban public schools wash over us daily in waves of headlines about high failure rates, collapsing school buildings, and incompetent teachers. Meanwhile, the politicized debate between private-school voucher proponents...
A Western Showdown: Before He Can Reinvent the Forest Service, Mike Dombeck Will Have to Outsmart Western Republicans on the Hill
Before he can reinvent the Forest Service, Mike Dombeck will have to outsmart Western Republicans on the Hill The showdown between Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck and Republican congressional leaders had been building for months. When it finally...
Reforming the Teachers' Unions: What the Good Guys Have Accomplished - and What Remains to Be Done
What the good guys have accomplished -- and what remains to be done One morning last fall, 28 leaders of the nation's largest union, the National Education Association (NEA), spent a few hours touring through the three cavernous plants of the Saturn...
Tilting at Windmills: Junketing Judges; Killers on the Loose; Bill Gates, Bully; the Man Who Brought Us Paula; the Rise of the Personal Stylist
For several years I've been complaining about the renewed glamorization of smoking by Hollywood. Having been one of the poor fools who started smoking to imitate the movie heroes of the forties, I had welcomed the near absence of smoking in films of...
Turning Boys into Girls
How men's magazines are making guys as neurotic, insecure, and obsessive about their appearance as women Love Men's Health Magazine. There I'm out of the closet, and I'm not ashamed. Sure, I know what some of you are thinking: What self-respecting...