The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 39, No. 10, October

Best Care Everywhere: Here's an Idea: A Civilian VA for the Uninsured, and Maybe the Rest of Us
Back in July, while trying to justify his opposition to expanding government health care cover age for children, President Bush made a telling comment. The uninsured, he said, "have access to health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency...
Groundhog Day
I know it's the Twenty-first Century, and the World Is Flat, and 9/11 Changed Everything. But when I look at the big issues facing the nation--rising health care costs and declining coverage; stagnant wages and growing income inequality; war and instability...
Newtered: Gingrich's Congress Emasculated the One Agency Capable of Controlling Health Care Costs and Improving Quality. Time to Reverse the Procedure
If you've never suffered the agony of low back pain, don't worry--chances are you will. About two-thirds of adults are hit with low back pain at some time in their lives, and for many the pain is sufficiently unbearable to send them hobbling into the...
Party Smashers: Washington Was Supposed to Celebrate Rachel Carson's 100th Birthday This Year. Then the GOP Got the Invite
One sultry June day in 2006, Valerie Fellows, press officer at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, took an unexpected phone call from the manager of the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge in Maine. "I don't know if you care," said the voice...
R.J. Hillhouse
One of the great unheralded casualties of the end of the cold war was the espionage novel. In the 1990s, the genre floundered for lack of reliable villains. The war on terror has supplied a new set of bad guys, but writers have been slow to adapt....
The Myth of Aqi: Fighting Al-Qaeda in Iraq Is the Last Big for Keeping U.S. Troops in the Country. but the Military's Estimation of the Threat Is Alarmingly Wrong
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In March 2007, a pair of truck bombs tore through the Shiite marketplace in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, killing more than 150 people. The blast reduced the ancient city center to rubble, leaving body parts and charred...
Tilting at Windmills
The trap Senator Carl Levin recently added his voice to those demanding the removal of Nouri al-Maliki as Iraq's prime minister. This worries me, because Levin is one of the most respected Democrats in the Senate, and he has set a trap for himself....
"Trashing the Truth" by Susan Greene and Miles Moffeit, Denver Post, July 23-26, 2007
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For twenty years, Clarence Moses-El has claimed that he is innocent of the rape for which he's serving a forty-eight-year sentence. When a judge finally granted his request for a DNA test in 1995, Moses-El raised $1,000...
Why Is Bob Herbert Boring? the Perils of Punditry for the Powerless
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The first thing you need to know about New York Times columnist Bob Herbert is that he's always right. No, not in the way a drunk in a bar is always right--Herbert's genuinely right, or at least close enough that it'd be petty...