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Editor's Note:
Our Patented Early-Warning System
by Paul Glastris

Tilting at Windmills
by Charles Peters

Ten Miles Square:
Glenn Beck's Book Club
by David Weigel


The Best of the Washington Monthly: A 40th Anniversary Collection

Windmills, Revisited
The once and future mission of the Washington Monthly
by Nicholas Lemann


James Boyd on Life in Congress

Taylor Branch on Race in the South

James Fallows on the Draft

Arthur Levine on Woodward and Bernstein

Timothy Noah on the Baby Boomers

Phillip Weiss on Steven Rattner

Paul Glastris on the Disability Rights Movement

Katherine Boo on the Gulf War

Marjorie Williams on Politicians' Private Lives

Amy Waldman on Home Shopping

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Bill Clinton

Joshua Micah Marshall on Radical Islam

Bruce Reed on Washington's Warring Subcultures

Nicholas Confessore on David Brooks

Benjamin Wallace-Wells on Barack Obama

PLUS: Our Best and Worst Calls



Features:


Big Bother
How a million surveillance cameras in London are proving George Orwell wrong.
by Jamie Malanowski


The Subprime Student Loan Racket

With help from Washington, the for-profit college industry is loading up millions of low-income students with debt they'll never pay off.
by Stephen Burd


On Political Books:


America's Preacher

How Rick Warren made it.
by Amy Sullivan


True Lies

The best recent memoir from Republican Washington is a hoax. That should tell you something.
by Joshua Green


Bottom of the Barrel

Why the Saudis wish they'd discovered water instead.
by Charles Homans


Germany's Cassandra

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Günter Grass still thinks reunification was a bad idea.
by Paul Hockenos


A Life of Contempt

Ayn Rand's defining characteristic was hatred—for government, other people, and the very concept of human kindness.
by Michael O'Donnell


Nerd Nation

The thin line between World of Warcraft and fantasy football.
by Jesse Singal


One-Term Wonder

What Barack Obama can learn from James K. Polk.
by Tim Murphy


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