The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 7-8, July-August

Dumb and Dumber: The Bush Administration Thinks Negotiating with North Korea Is Appeasement. South Korea Thinks Negotiating Requires Appeasement
In 1977, the North Korean government sent 9-year-old Kang Chul-Hwan and his family to a slave labor camp. While the regime never explained why, the Kang family assumed their imprisonment was retaliation for the activities of Kang's grandfather, who...
Hillary in 2008? Not So Fast
For a first-time candidate and controversial first lady, Hillary Clinton's bid for the open New York Senate seat in 2000 was going surprisingly well. From the beginning, she had staked out a seemingly impossible strategy, given who she was: ignore...
House Divided: In Washington, Even Apartment-Hunting Is Partisan
Americans around the country are familiar with the housing crunch: Prices keep rising, occupancy rates are at near-record highs, and--particularly in major cities--competition for those rare vacancies can be fierce. In pursuit of a roof over her head,...
House Proud: How the Real Estate Industry Got Respectable
A Nation of Realtors: A Cultural History of the Twentieth Century American Middle Class By Jeffrey M. Hornstein Duke University Press; $22.95 In 1922, Sinclair Lewis published Babbitt, his classic satire of the emerging American mass middle class....
Jargon Watch: The Uproar over Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin's June Remarks Comparing the Abuses at Guantanamo Prison to the Crimes of Nazi Germany Reminded Us Once Again of What Should Be a Hard and Fast Rule of Politics: Nazi/Hitler Comparisons-While Always Tempting-Are Never a Good Idea
"If I read this [a list of abuses at Guantanamo prison] ... and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets...
Killing Them Softly: Why the Mild-Mannered Dick Durbin Became the GOP's Top Target
On June 14, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the Democratic whip, went to the Senate floor to say a few things about an issue that had long concerned him: the handling of prisoners and detainees at Guantanamo. He noted that the Bush administration had set...
Polar Fleeced: Sen. Ted Stevens Built a Welfare State for Eskimos That Made Defense Contractors Rich
Many remote places claim to be the end of the earth, but the tiny Eskimo village of Tatitlik, set in near-mythic isolation on a small beach on Alaska's Prince William Sound, has a better case than most. The village has stood for a thousand years on...
Why Not Hillary? She Can Win the White House
In 1978, while covering California politics, I found myself on election night at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, which was serving as a kind of election central. Waiting for the returns to come in, I was sitting in the lobby having a drink...