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Articles from Vol. 39, No. 12, December

About Schmitt
Maybe it's unrealistic to expect reviewers to read your whole book ("Divide and Concur," by Mark Schmitt, November), but it really shouldn't be too much to expect them to get past page thirteen. Schmitt's central complaint is that my book "locates...
A Q&A with Jim Webb: The Senator Sounds off on Prison Reform, Life on Capitol Hill, and Avoiding Fights in Bars
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WM: Almost a year after your election, do you feel that the ideas about economic fairness you raised on the campaign trail continue to resonate? JW: When I ran in 2006, the war and George Allen--his own little journey--overwhelmed...
Brian Roehrkasse Please Leave the Building: Why the DOJ's Spokesperson Dishonors the Department
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With rare exceptions, the Department of Justice has a distinguished history of nonpartisan pursuit of the laws of the United States. It conducts its business across the nation through ninety-three U.S. attorneys offices, each...
Driving Me Crazy
Unlike most observers, I thought Obama and Clinton were at their best when they were supposed to have flubbed a question about driver's licenses for illegal aliens--Hillary in Philadelphia, and Barack in Las Vegas. What they were doing in each case...
Norman's Conquest: Why Rudy Giuliani Loves Norman Podhoretz
When Norman Mailer died in November, it was hard not to feel a twinge of melancholy and nostalgia for the vanished world of the New York Family of intellectuals. In the past decade, any of its most colorful members have passed away--among them Leslie...
Preparing for the "Youtubes"
To: All Democratic Presidential Candidates From: Bridge to 2000 Consulting Group We know some of you have been complaining that Democratic consultants are "old school," or "hackneyed," or "f--ing useless," but let us assure you that Bridge to...
The Army's Other Crisis: Why the Best and Brightest Young Officers Are Leaving
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Matt Kapinos was born into the military, at a U.S. Army hospital outside Frankfurt, Germany. It was 1979, and his father was an Army officer, one of thousands of soldiers stationed along the plains of central Europe. Kapinos...
The Middle Kingdom's Dilemma: Can China Clean Up Its Environment without Cleaning Up Its Politics?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In January 2007, a geologist named Yong Yang set out from his home in China's western Sichuan Province with four researchers, two sport utility vehicles, one set of clothes, and several trunks of equipment for measuring rainfall...
The Monthly Interview: Philip Zimbardo
In 1971, Philip Zimbardo, then a professor of psychology at Stanford University, devised one of the most famous psychological experiments of the twentieth century. In what is known as the Stanford Prison Experiment, he assigned twenty-four young men...
The Politics of Resentment
This month we feature, among other fine pieces, a profile by Jacob Heilbrunn of uber-neocon Norman Podhoretz (see "Norman's Conquest," page 32). Podhoretz is a senior foreign policy advisor to Rudy Giuliani. He has argued that the Iraq War is a triumphant...
The Schools the Taliban Won't Torch: One Ingenious Aid Program Is Stabilizing the Toughest Parts of Afghanistan. the U.S. Is Cutting Its Funding
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The road from Kabul to Azra, a mountainous district in Afghanistan's central Logar Province, is, in places, not a road at all. At some points it's a rocky riverbed, at others an open desert. For one terrifying stretch, it...
The Unbearable Inanity of Tim Russert
On May 27, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson appeared on Meet the Press hoping, no doubt, to get a question about Iraq policy. Richardson was advocating the complete withdrawal of all U.S. forces, an important policy distinction at...
Why Conservatives Hate Bush: It's Not Because He's an Ideological Heretic. It's Because He's a Loser
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If I were a Bush administration insider, I'd be scrambling right now to get my book contract. No path leads more surely to critical acclaim these days than the White House confessional. What the insiders are trafficking in,...