The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 4, April

A Tale of Two Cities: Get Ready for "Paris on the Potomac."
Visitors who traditionally flock to Washington in April to admire the cherry blossoms might puzzle this spring at prominent advertisements on bus billboards and and metro brochures hawking a new marketing theme: a three-month citywide festival called...
Going Postal: Washington's Recurring Attempts to Squeeze Small Magazines out of Business
When I heard recently about the United States Postal Service's plans to hold hearings on hiking rates for periodical class mail--the bulk postage class which gives lower postal rates to magazines--it reminded me of the day in 1995 when I returned to...
Monthly Journalism Award
Peter Gosselin Los Angeles Times Three-part series, Oct-Dec 2004: --"If America is richer, why are its families so much less secure?" --"The poor have more things today--including wild income swings." --"How just a handful of setbacks sent...
Pinkertons at the CPA: Iraq's Resurgent Labor Unions Could Have Helped Rebuild the Country's Civil Society. the Bush Administration, of Course, Tried to Crush Them
On Jan. 4, labor union leader Hadi Saleh returned to his Baghdad home after work. Five masked men laid in wait. After he entered, they jumped him, blind-folded him, and bound his hands and feet. The intruders beat and burnt Saleh on his torso and head...
Silent Femmes: It's Not Really Discrimination That Keeps Women off the Op-Ed Pages. It's Women Themselves
Oh, come on, said Susan Estrich. For years, the University of Southern California law professor and former Democratic operative had tracked gender imbalance on the op-ed pages of her hometown newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, and she recently lobbied...
Swing Conservative: The Perilous Bipartisanship of Lindsey Graham
Once news of the abuse at Abu Ghraib broke last April, it took just four days for the Senate Armed Services Committee to summon Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to testify. It took about five seconds after that for the committee's Democrats to start...
Taking Liberty: Liberals Ignore and Conservatives Misunderstand America's Guiding Value: Freedom
George W. Bush's second inaugural address, with its sweeping rhetoric about the spread of freedom abroad and at home, sparked strong but varied reactions. Most of the president's conservative supporters ranked it with the greatest inaugural speeches,...
The Beat Goes On: George Washington Got a Monument. Sonny Bono Gets a Traffic Island
In Washington, D.C, great men are judged by their memorials. Our presidential holy trinity, Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln, are deified in soaring temples of marble and towers of granite. Less imposing are the bronze Sculptures of Albert Einstein...