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. 31, No. 6, June

Big Brother
How HMOs stole our right to medical privacy A convicted child rapist lands a job at a Massachusetts hospital, gains access to hundreds of children's records, and calls the children. A Florida state public health worker sends the names of 4,000 HIV-positive...
Inside the Globe
A tabloid reporter who taped his bosses tells all Brian Williams, the Globe's executive editor, told me they would start me out at $150 a day and rent me a brand new car and an apartment. At age 23, I didn't hesitate. "When can you leave?" Williams...
Letters
Right and Wrong Ms. Polgreen's article, "The Death of Local Radio" (April 1999) could not miss the point more. She states that the important result of consolidation has been that playlists are selected by researchers who live and work hundreds of...
Rough Trade
How currency traders profited from the Asian meltdown On July 2, 1997, Thailand's prime minister, Gen. Chavalit, stood screaming at his Minister of Finance, M.R. Chatu Monkul Sonakul, in his country's National Assembly. M.R. Chatu Monkul had advocated...
The Man Behind Ventura
Electing an improbable candidate without money or mudslinging "Most political advertising is like shit," proclaims a flyer for Bill Hillsman's ad agency. "Ours is like manure ... it makes things grow." An unusual to put it, perhaps, but it's hard...
The Scandal of Special Ed
It wastes money and hurts the poor If you've ever wondered what the words "special education" mean, consider Saundra Lemons. A tall, gangly 19 year-old senior in a Washington D.C. public high school, she is quiet and attentive. Like the vast majority...
The Wrong Answer to Littleton
A few teen criminals belong in prison, but most do not We've all become well-acquainted with Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the two boys who tore through their hallways and classrooms in Littleton, Colo. in April, spraying bullets that left 12 students...
Tilting at Windmills
A Possible President * Celebrity Journalism * Credit Card Companies Crow * The Toilet Paper War * The Case of the Missing Plutonium If you want evidence that treating drug addicts is more effective than locking them up, take a look at Arizona, the...
Who's Who
George W. Bush has been notably vague, some would say even evasive, in his answers to questions on his positions on national issues, especially on foreign policy. But he recently wrote to New York Times columnist William Safire "I'm going to understand...