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March/ April/ May 2014 The Limits of the Wonkosphere

Are we entering a golden age of policy journalism? Consider the evidence. Ezra Klein, founder of the Washington Post’s phenomenally successful online policy news site Wonkblog, recently left to form...

By Paul Glastris

January/ February 2014 Clintonism, Populism, and Hillary’s Next Move

During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama famously compared his potential presidency to that of Ronald Reagan, saying that the Gipper had “changed the trajectory of America in a way that...

By Paul Glastris

September/ October 2013 All Things Being Unequal

Since the 1980s, I’ve been following, and occasionally contributing to, the national debate about whether America is becoming a more unequal society. For most of those years, the position of...

By Paul Glastris

July/ August 2013 The Doctor Cartel Will See You Now

Conservatives have long warned that government-mandated universal health care will lead to long wait times to see doctors, as in Canada and the United Kingdom. But the truth is that...

By Paul Glastris

May/ June 2013 Speech Therapy

When Barack Obama left to visit Israel in March, expectations could hardly have been lower. He had a relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that was widely described as “frosty.”...

By Paul Glastris

March/ April 2013 Chasing Shiny Objects

In a nonelection year like this one, the narrative arc of American politics is set by the State of the Union address. The president lays out his policy proposals, and...

By Paul Glastris

November/ December 2012 George W. Bush, On the Ballot Again

One early summer day in 2000 I was summoned to the Oval Office along with several other White House staffers to get instructions from President Bill Clinton on what he...

By Paul Glastris

September/ October 2012 Where Credit Is Due

You would think that the first law of presidential campaigning would be to take credit for your accomplishments. And yet the current contest features two men who are unwilling even...

By Paul Glastris

May/June 2012 The Twilight of the Civic-minded CEO

The staggeringly high regard in which Americans once held Fortune 500 CEOs has certainly diminished in recent years. Back in the day, when they could fairly be described as “job...

By Paul Glastris

March/April 2012 Clinton’s Third Term

The cover story in this issue, by yours truly, argues that Barack Obama has accomplished so much in his first term (health care reform, the stimulus, turning around Detroit—the list...

By Paul Glastris

January/February 2012 This Time It’s Different

I did my first stint in Washington in the early 1980s, during the heyday of the Reagan administration. I came back during the Gingrich Revolution and stayed for the George...

By Paul Glastris

November/December 2011 What Happens in the Campaign Stays in the Campaign

The 2012 presidential race is entering what might be called the "full public colonoscopy" phase, when the press really begins digging into every nook and cranny of the leading candidates’...

By Paul Glastris

September/October 2011 The College Try

Every year the Washington Monthly devotes an entire issue to assessing America’s colleges and universities. We do this because we believe they are key to the country’s greatness. They produce...

By Paul Glastris

July/August 2011 Playing Chicken with History

If America really is threatened by a growing mountain of debt, shouldn’t the wealthy help out by paying higher taxes? Most voters think so, according to polls, and for good...

By Paul Glastris

May/June 2011 Americans Love Unions. Who Knew?

I must admit, I had a sick feeling in my stomach when the Republican governors of Wisconsin and Ohio first began pushing this winter to gut collective bargaining rights for...

By Paul Glastris

March/April 2011 Clean Up As You Cook

Every generation, official Washington suddenly notices that the tax code has become unfathomably complex and loophole ridden and therefore needs to be simplified for the sake of fairness and economic...

By Paul Glastris

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