The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 27, No. 11, November

Class, Not Race
The Washington Post's racial politics are making national headlines. What about that paper's--and the rest of the media's--neglect of the working class? "His investigations often turned on the misuse of money, but since he had become rich himself,...
Continuing Vacation
While doctors and lawyers hit the slopes, you foot the bill There's a kayaking trip off the Baja peninsula, scuba diving in sunny Palau, an exhilarating climb up Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro, whitewater rafting in Chile, even a dog-sledding adventure...
Golden Handcuffs
A third-year law student writes to tell why all his classmates who'd dreamt of government service are beading elsewhere--and why he's having second thoughts, too, With a response from Charles Peters A top Wall Street law firm is the best place for...
Letters
Taxing Arguments Professor Paul Krugman has been irritating conservatives for years with his assertions about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. On that score, his October screed ("What the Public Doesn't Know Can't Hurt Us") celebrates...
The Book of Bob
Packwood's diaries are filled with steamy tidbits, but they are also a guide to what needs fixing under the Capitol dome, A Monthly annotation In a town of perpetual charade, Bob Packwood spent 26 years confiding his every thought--no matter how...
Tilting at Windmills
After worrying about the issue for years and going back and forth on it more times than I would like to admit, I have finally come to agree with Clarence Thomas that affirmative action--to the extent it leads to the advancement of the unqualified-is...
Where There's a Living Will
We spend billions of dollars on health care that patients don't need and don't want What lesson did Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis leave for Medicare reform? After she was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, she drafted a legal document--a "living will"--that...
Who's Who
The campaign staff of Bob Dole recently asked focus groups to name animals the various candidates reminded them of. The most popular descriptions of Phil Gramm were weasel, fox, hyena, ferret, bulldog, and tortoise. Pat Buchanan was tagged as a pit...
Working for the Government Is Cool
Memo to twentysomethings: Forget about law school. Do work that's interesting, rewarding, and important One week, Dana Scully and Fox Mulder are rescuing New Hampshire school children from a ring of Satanic parents. The next they are exploring a...