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. 34, No. 5, May

Borderline Insanity: President Bush Wants the INS to Stop Granting Visas to Terrorists. the Biggest Obstacle? His Own Administration
EXACTLY SIX MONTHS AFTER MOHAMMED Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi had flown planes into the World Trade Center, letters from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) arrived at a Florida flight school informing these two late--very late--students...
Born Yesterday: Terrorists Don't Need Visas When They Can Get a Real U.S. Birth Certificate
I HIDE MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE AT THE back of a file drawer in my closet at home. A black-and-white photostat with a raised official seal, it was issued by the New York City Department of Health in May 1968, around the time I received my greetings...
Jilted: Why Bush's Marriage Czar Went Soft
WHEN GEORGE W. BUSH NOMINATED Wade Horn to become assistant secretary for children and families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), social conservatives couldn't have been happier. Horn was one of the country's leading figures...
Machined Politics: How the Internet Is Really, Truly-Seriously!-Going to Change Elections
WITH CONTROL OF THE HOUSE and Senate hanging in the balance, every pundit, politico, and poli-sci professor has a theory on which party will win in November's elections. Opposition parties always gain in midterm elections, Republicans could ride...
The Big Switch: Why Democrats Should Draft John McCain in '04, and Why He Should Let Them
DEMOCRATS ARE MORE DISPIRITED today than they have been in years. It's not just that President Bush's approval ratings continue to defy gravity, or that he's been largely successful in enacting a conservative agenda. Nor is it simply that Democrats...
The Rise of the Creative Class; Why Cities without Gays and Rock Bands Are Losing the Economic Development Race
AS I WALKED ACROSS THE CAMPUS OF Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University one delightful spring day, I came upon a table filled with young people chatting and enjoying the spectacular weather. Several had identical blue T-shirts with "Trilogy@CMU"...
Tilting at Windmills: (Bureaucratic Buddies * Pentagon Payoffs * White's Flights Mrs. Iron Triangle * Judicial Mating * Love vs. Manolo Blahniks
IN LATE SEPTEMBER, A COUPLE of weeks after the attack on the World Trade Center had sobered even the most frivolous Manhattanite, The New York Times interviewed some of the city's singles to find out how their lifestyle had been changed by the tragedy....
Who's Who
They may talk tough, but when it comes to a fight, it appears that Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) would rather turn tail and run. When CNN's "Crossfire," newly fortified with liberals Paul Begala and James Carville, re-launched...