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. 29, No. 11, November

Apocalypse Ahead: Everyone's Talking about the Film 'The Peacemaker' - but When It Comes to Nuclear Terrorism, Truth Is Scarier Than Fiction
This fall's Blockbuster movie "The Peacemaker" pits actors Nicole Kidman and George Clooney against a Bosnian terrorist headed for New York City with a grudge against the West and a backpack full of nukes. The duo's desperate attempts to prevent the...
One Man's Activist: What Republicans Really Mean When They Condemn Judicial Activism
Judges, watch your backs: The Congressional Republicans have officially declared war on "judicial activists," judges who go beyond interpreting the law into the realm of what GOP lawmakers consider "making" the law. Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia is but...
The Double-Edged Helix: Advances in Genetic Testing Reveal Yet Another Reason We Need National Health Insurance
A 20-year Veteran of the postal service loses his vision because of a genetic disorder known as Leber's Optic Atrophy. No longer able to work, he applies for and receives disability benefits. But upon a routine review, the supervising government agency...
There Is Hope after O.J.: D.C. Mayor Barry Still Tries to Cover Up His Incompetence with Cries of Racism, but Some Black Washingtonians Have Finally Had Enough
It's a sweltering late-summer day and Sandra Seegers has already spent several hours trekking through Washington D.C.'s middle-class Crestwood neighborhood collecting signatures for her campaign to recall D.C. Mayor Marion Barry. Still, as she heads...
You've Come a Long Way, Maybe: JonBenet, Diana, the Princess Fantasy, and What It Has Done to Women
There I was, in my local bookstore, jockeying for position at the magazine racks with a dozen or so sharp-suited Hill staffers. Looking down, I noticed Ms. magazine's 25th anniversary issue. A giant "25 years" was splashed across the cover in hot-pink...