The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 38, No. 3, March

America's Bomb-Making Process, Brought to You by Rube Goldberg
If the United States government were to resume building nuclear weapons today, the process would be a cross-country odyssey. The individual bomb parts would have to travel thousands of miles across the nation, with each journey being an invitation...
John Fund Again? It's Not Your Imagination-The Sunday Shows Really Do Lean Right
If you're up early on Sunday mornings in Washington, you can observe a weekly ritual. Around 9am, a string of chauffeured town cars and SUVs pulls up outside the NBC studio on Nebraska Avenue in Northwest Washington where "Meet the Press" is recorded,...
Labs Behaving Badly
In the long and storied history of bureaucratic infighting, few contests have been more vitriolic than the one between our two major nuclear weapons design labs, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore. The antagonism has its roots in the relationship...
Not One Dime: A Radical Plan to Abramoff-Proof Politics
Republicans are trying to run away from the growing Abramoff scandal like the devil runs from holy water. And who can blame them? While the GOP tries lamely to pretend that the lobbying scandal is bipartisan, the truth is that the pay-for-play politics...
Nuclear Waste: Our Far-Flung Nuclear Weapons Factories Haven't Built a Bomb since 1992. One Lone Republican Wants to Shut Them Down
In 1942, the United States government began creating a secret city. On 59,000 acres in the hills of eastern Tennessee, it built a complex--one of three nationwide--dedicated to the production of materials for an atomic weapon. From the start, the very...
The Other Mine Disaster
"[M]uch of the press has abandoned reporting on health and safety regulation until disaster strikes," writes Howard Kurtz of The Washington Post. "How many reporters have dug into the Labor Department's Mine, Safety and Health Administration, which...