The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 24, No. 10, October

Armed, Angry, and Acne-Prone; No One Ever Said Cutting the Budget Was Gonna Be Pretty
"We interrupt this program for an ABC News special report. From Washington, here's Peter Jennings." "Good afternoon. After watching nonviolent attempts to reduce the deficit fail for years, America's children have taken matters into their own hands....
Capitol Hill 20510
Giving good quote, stealing credit, and other tricks for turning any congressman into a media darling For the last year you've been the hottest ticket in Hasting, Nebraska. Throngs of voters crowd your path; miles of bunting bear your name; and...
Gettysburg Regress; the Lofty Promises and Lowly Debate of Campaign '92
The lofty promises and lowly debate of Campaign '92 In the 1962 movie, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, the working-class toff played by Tom Courtney sits with a friend in front of his mother's new TV and watches a British politician...
Motherload: If We Care So Much about Building Strong Families, Why Are We Forcing Single Welfare Moms to Work Full Time?
If we care so much about building strong families, why are we forcing single welfare moms to work full time? If you've heard either presidential candidate podium-pounding about the need to get welfare mothers working, you have a pretty good idea...
Reform School Confidential; What We Can Learn for Three of America's Boldest School Reforms
When A Nation at Risk toppled American educational complacency back in 1983, I was just out of high school, working as a typist for the federal government. Beside me was another just-graduated clerk named Peggy, who had gone to D.C.'s Coolidge High...
Share the Health
Why hasn't the Washington establishment done anything about the health care crisis? Follow us inside the comfy world of presidential and congressional health care.... Until recently, when you thought of Oregonians you probably envisioned Birkenstock-shod...
Whittle Down to Size; the Unmiraculous Past of Education's Latest Savior
Everything you really need to know about Chris Whittle sits in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. There, the media mogul has erected a $55 million headquarters that relentlessly replicates Thomas Jefferson's spread at Charlottesville. With its red-brick...