The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 9, September

Burning Atlanta: All the Old Regulatory Weapons Couldn't Reform the Georgia Power Plant That Is America's Single Biggest Polluter. but a New Law Is Working
In scientific circles, there is little debate about the gravest environmental health threat in America. It's not asbestos, mercury, PCPs, smog, secondhand smoke, or any one of dozens of toxic chemicals that man spews into the air, land, or sea. In...
Mall Rats: The FBI's Favorite Place to Snag Targets Is the Pentagon City Mall
One of the many mini-scandals burbling around Washington these days involves two former officials for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), who were recently indicted on charges that they conspired to pass along national defense intelligence...
Mitt Romney's Evangelical Problem: Everyone Wants to Believe the Massachusetts Governor's Mormonism Won't Be a Problem If He Runs in 2008. Think Again
Washington pundits in the throes of post-election doldrums are notoriously eager to find a fresh face to crown the "early favorite" for the next presidential campaign. Even by those standards, however, the speed with which they flocked to Massachusetts...
The Washington Monthly College Guide: Other Guides Ask What Colleges Can Do for You. We Ask What Colleges Are Doing for the Country
By The Editors In late summer, U.S. News & World Report releases its annual rankings of colleges. First published in 1983, the guide has become its own mini-event: College presidents, education reporters, alumni, parents, and high school juniors...