The Washington Monthly

An independent monthly magazine devoted to politics, government, culture, and the media in America, from a progressive perspective. Publishes investigative and opinion-based feature articles by notable authors, short news items, humorous sidebars, and boo

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 3-4, March-April

No Return to Normal: Why the Economic Crisis, and Its Solution, Are Bigger Than You Think
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Barack Obama's presidency began in hope and goodwill, but its test will be its success or failure on the economics. Did the president and his team correctly diagnose the problem? Did they act with sufficient imagination and...
Straight Away: Don't Ask, Don't Tell Is on Its Way out, and Not a Moment Too Soon
Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America by Nathaniel Frank Thomas Dunne Books, 368 pp. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One of the ugliest moments of the 2008 presidential campaign involved a room full of people...
Washington's Turnaround Artists: Think Government Can't Fix the Auto Industry? Then How Did It Manage to Fix the Railroad Industry-Twice?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The massive corporate bailouts that Washington is undertaking as a result of the economic crisis have left most of us feeling deeply nervous. It s not just the price tag, measured in incomprehensible trillions. It's also the...