The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 10-11, October-November

Auto-Mobility: Subsidizing America's Commute Would Reward Work, Boost the Economy, and Transform Lives
Among the many unpleasant realities exposed by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath--from persistent income and racial disparities to the Chronic incompetence of the Bush administration--one of the most surprising, in many, was this: our nearly total...
Getting Ahead in the GOP: Rep. Patrick McHenry and the Art of Defending the Indefensible
His name, you notice immediately, is nearly an American hero's. Rep. Patrick McHenry, 29-years old and a freshman Republican Congressman, is sitting calmly in front of an "ABC World News Tonight" camera, his prematurely grey hair parted on the side...
Measure for Measure: The President's School Reform Law Rests on the Belief That Its High-Stakes Tests Are Fair and Accurate. but the Bush Aide Who Designed the Law Has His Doubts. and the Dallas Schools Have a Better Way
If any school should be a poster child for President Bush's signature education reform, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), it's Herbert Marcus Elementary School. The inner-city Dallas, Texas, school is exactly the kind that the law was designed to...
No Right Turn: If Americans Haven't Gotten More Conservative, Why Is the GOP in Charge?
Off Center: The Republican Revolution & the Erosion of American Democracy By Jacob S. Hacker & Paul Pierson Yale University Press; $25.00 John Kerry had just barely conceded, and Democrats were still wiping away their tears, when on Nov....
Test of Faith: Win or Lose, Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Tim Kaine Is Proving That Democrats Can Neutralize the Religion Issue with a Sincere Expression of Faith
When people say that Democrats have a "religion" problem, they're thinking of the time when Howard Dean told reporters that his favorite book in the New Testament was Job. Or The Washington Post interview in which Al Gore summoned his evangelical verve...
The Elephant in the Room: Craig Crawford Takes Aim at the War against the Media but Missed the Biggest Target
Attack the Messenger: How Politicians Turn You Against the Media By Craig Crawford Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, $22.95 From Middle America's point of view, the conflict between the media and politicians is like a vicious dogfight with a...
The Italian Job: Where Washington Insiders Get Their Hair Cut
Cutting William Rehnquist's hair cant have taken too long, at least in the last few years of his life. A couple snips around the back, straighten out the sides, hold up the hand mirror for judicial review, and you're pretty much done. But that didn't...
Tilting at Windmills
In the days after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the country watched with a collective sense of growing horror as bodies floated by on our television screens and the government seemed adrift. Despite the reassuring statements at press briefings,...
Why Americans Can't Write Political Fiction
Whatever its many other deficiencies, American political reality has often seemed tailor-made for fictionalizing. Just consider the rich welter of issues and personalities that hover around our present-day national politics: Congress' special session...