The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 40, No. 5-7, May-July

BHO: QED: Why Obama Is Scientifically Certain to Win in November
If you spend time among the chattering classes, it s easy to get caught up in Campaign '08's most tantalizing questions. Has the length and tenor of the primary campaign irreparably split the Democratic Party in half? Could the Jeremiah Wright videos...
Bin Laden's Soft Support: How the Next President Can Win over the World's Most Alienated Muslims
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On a typically humid spring night in Jakarta in 2005, an Indonesian colleague and I were driven by some Islamist activists through the city's dense back alleyways to the dilapidated offices of a leading radical student publication....
Contract with Armenia: America May Be No Good at Exporting Democracy, but It's Great at Exporting Political Consultants
Alpha Dogs: The Americans Who Turned Political Spin Into a Global Business By James Harding Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 252 pp. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A few years ago, I wrote a long article on Karl Rove's history of dirty tricks that...
How to Be a Montana Millionaire
Montana's state motto may be oro y plata (gold and silver), but it's not a good place to get rich. In the rankings of millionaires per state, Montana beats only four other states, with a mere 22.9 millionaires for every thousand households, plus a...
Pinkertons at DHS: Are Immigration Busts Undermining U.S. Labor Law?
In November 2005, hotel employees in the city of Emeryville, California got some good news. Local voters had passed a "living wage" law requiring hotels to pay workers a minimum of nine dollars per hour plus extra for certain duties. In an expensive...
Service Interruption
Journalists tend to fall for Senator John McCain--and go easy on him in their coverage--for all the reasons you've heard of. The hours of unmediated access he gives reporters. The knowing winks he flashes them in the midst of a public pander. The frisson...
Tilting at Windmills
What worries me about Obama I Why didn't Barack Obama mention the military option in his otherwise eloquent call to service at Wesleyan? Why didn't he show respect for the people of West Virginia and Kentucky by doing more than token campaigning...
Too Weird for the Wire: How Black Baltimore Drug Dealers Are Using White Supremacist Legal Theories to Confound the Feds
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On November 16, 2005, Willie "Bo" Mitchell and three co-defendants--Shelton "Little Rock" Harris, Shelly "Wayne" Martin, and Shawn Earl Gardner--appeared for a hearing in the modern federal courthouse in downtown Baltimore,...