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  1. Abolish the 5th Amendment
    It protects the guilty without helping the innocent.
    The Washington Monthly, December 1980, pp. 12-19
  2. Abolish the Fifth Amendment
    The Washington Monthly, February 1989, p. 69
  3. Age of Celebritics
    The New Republic, February 24, 1986, pp. 15-17
  4. Agenda: Can Creeeping Socialism Cure Creaking Capitalism?
    Suddenly, everyone wants an "industrial policy." But what is it?
    The Harpers Monthly, February 1983, pp. 17-22
  5. Agenda: Jobs for Everyone
    There's work to do, and there are people to work. So what's the problem?
    The Harpers Monthly, October 1982, pp. 11-17
  6. An American Melting Plot
    Why whine about our increasing class segregation? Let's end it.
    The Washington Monthly, July 1992, pp. 26-32
  7. And the L.A. Intellectual?
    The New Republic, August 11, 1986, pp. 13-14
  8. Appetites: Designs for Driving
    Some small hope for car consumers who want to Buy American
    The Harpers Monthly, October 1983, pp. 64-68
  9. [+]
    Arianna's World (Review)
    Greetings from the Lincoln Bedroom, by Arianna Huffington
    1. Greetings from the Lincoln Bedroom by Arianna Huffington
    The Washington Monthly, April 1998, pp. 50-51
  10. Bastards
    Many Republicans would rather wring their hands about illegitimacy than really get seri...
    The New Republic, February 21, 1994, pp. 16-18
  11. Bork Chop
    The New Republic, November 6, 1989, pp. 118-119
  12. On Political Books
    [+]
    Building St. Patrick's Cathedral (Review)
    We've lionized Moynihan for asking the right questions about poverty, even though he's ...
    1. Family and Nation by Daniel Patrick Moynihan
    The Washington Monthly, September 1986, pp. 51-56
  13. [+]
    Cheap Seats and White Knuckles (Review)
    The perils of economic deregulation.
    1. Rebuilding America by Frederick C. Thayer, Jr.
    The Washington Monthly, December 1983, pp. 45-49
  14. A Clinton Nightmare
    It's March 1995. Our pundit rummages through the wreckage of the Clinton presidency...
    The New Republic, September 28, 1992, pp. 20-22
  15. Features
    Clintonese
    Clinton's new language for the presidency
    The Washington Monthly, November 2000, pp. 45-47
  16. Confessions of a Car Lover
    You'll get me out of my car when you pry my cold dead foot from the accelerator.
    The Washington Monthly, December 1979, pp. 28-38
  17. The Constitution, the Press, and the Rest of Us
    The biggest threats to the First Amendment are the press' own claims of special privilege.
    The Washington Monthly, November 1978, pp. 50-56
  18. The Dark Side of Deregulation
    When the airlines care only about maximizing profits, people get screwed.
    The Washington Monthly, May 1979, pp. 33-40
  19. At Issue
    Debating Welfare Reform
    City Journal, Summer 1993, pp. 84-91
  20. The Dog Ate My Candidate
    The New Republic, May 21, 1984, pp. 15-18
  21. The End of Equality (1992)
    13 Reviews, 2 Readable
  22. The End of Equality?
    Reply
    The New Republic, August 10, 1992, p. 25
  23. The End of Equility
    In the new American economy, the distribution of income ever more rigorously reflects t...
    The New Republic, June 22, 1992, pp. 21-27
  24. Facts for Hacks
    Favorite half-truths of Democratic speechwriters
    The New Republic, May 20, 1991, pp. 23-25
  25. [+]
    First Serve (Review)
    Gratitude, by William F. Buckley, Jr.
    1. Gratitude by William F. Buckley, Jr.
    The New Republic, December 31, 1990, pp. 34-35
  26. Flipping the Bird
    The New Republic, April 15, 1985, pp. 21-25
  27. For a New Equality
    Liberals are still preoccupied with the idea of reducing the income gap between the ric...
    The New Republic, May 7, 1990, pp. 18-27
  28. Gary Hart's Idea Collection
    The New Republic, March 26, 1984, pp. 12-14
  29. Putting America Back in Business
    Getting Tough on Trade
    For years, America has played the gentle giant of international commerce, practicing th...
    The Washington Monthly, November 1978, pp. 22-27
  30. My Favorite Reform
    Give Everyone a Job
    "There are people who need work. There is work that needs doing. Why not pay the people...
    The Washington Monthly, March 1994, pp. 49-50
  31. The Godmother
    Marian Wright Edelman, foundre of the Children's Defense Fund, is the patron saint of B...
    The New Republic, February 15, 1993, pp. 21-25
  32. The Hit List: FOB Story
    Mickey Kantor's totally typically sleaziness
    The New Republic, December 28, 1992, p. 10
  33. The Decline and Fall of the American Way of Regulation
    How the People Lost Control
    Where the New Dealers had hoped to replace the inefficient courts with efficient agenci...
    The Washington Monthly, July 1979, pp. 34-41
  34. How the Supreme Court Sabotaged Civil Service Reform
    Jimmy Carter said he wanted to make it easier to fire incompetent federal employees. Th...
    The Washington Monthly, December 1978, pp. 38-44
  35. In Education: Teaching The Colleges A Lesson
    Teachers who teach, students who study, and other revolutionary ideas for higher educat...
    The Washington Monthly, March 1980, pp. 50-57
  36. The Law: The Plaintiff's House
    What's freedom for if not to call Lillian hellman a liar?
    The Harpers Monthly, March 1983, pp. 14-17
  37. Let Them Wear Adolfos
    The New Republic, January 31, 1981, pp. 8-9
  38. Making the Case: Has Welfare Reform Worked?
    Primus says reform's success depended on the 1990s boom, and may falter in a recession....
    Blueprint/The New Democrat, Jan/Feb 2002, pp. 26-31
  39. Maximum Security
    The president's unified field theory
    The New Republic, December 13, 1993, pp. 17-18
  40. The New Gary Hart
    The New Republic, May 13, 1985, pp. 20-21
  41. No Confidence
    The New Republic, March 23, 1987, p. 15
  42. On Civic Liberalism: A Symposium
    Reply
    The New Republic, June 18, 1990, pp. 28-29
  43. [+]
    On Political Books (Review)
    The Enigma of Felix Frankfurter, by H.N. Hirsch
    1. The Enigma of Felix Frankfurter by H.N. Hirsch
    The Washington Monthly, June 1981, pp. 55-57
  44. [+]
    On Political Books (Review)
    The Hayden Manifesto
    1. The American Future by Tom Hayden
    The Washington Monthly, June 1982, pp. 53-57
  45. Paradigm's Loss
    Why Jim Pinkerton, George Bush's celebrity policy wonk, should be working for Bill Clinton
    The New Republic, July 27, 1992, pp. 16-21
  46. The Policy Hustler
    The man who may be Bill Clinton's economic czar has had many bright ideas. Unfortunatel...
    The New Republic, December 7, 1992, pp. 16-22
  47. [+]
    Political Booknotes (Review)
    Antitrust Action and Market Structure, by Don E. Waldman
    1. Antitrust Action and Market Structure by Don E. Waldman
    The Washington Monthly, December 1978, p. 62
  48. [+]
    Political Booknotes (Review)
    Corporate Strategies of the Automotive Manufacturers, by John B. Schnapp
    1. Corporate Strategies of the Automotive Manufacturers by John B. Schnapp
    The Washington Monthly, December 1979, p. 61
  49. [+]
    Political Booknotes (Review)
    The Tribes of America, by Paul Cowan
    1. The Tribes of America by Paul Cowan
    The Washington Monthly, February 1979, pp. 80-82
  50. [+]
    Political Booknotes (Review)
    Earl Warren, by Jack Harrison Pollack
    1. Earl Warren by Jack Harrison Pollack
    The Washington Monthly, May 1979, p. 60
  51. [+]
    Political Booknotes (Review)
    Nuclear Power and Legal Advocacy, by Constance Ewing Cook
    1. Nuclear Power and Legal Advocacy by Constance Ewing Cook
    The Washington Monthly, April 1980, p. 64
  52. [+]
    Political Booknotes (Review)
    The Ultimate Tyranny, by Eugene J. McCarthy
    1. The Ultimate Tyranny by Eugene J. McCarthy
    The Washington Monthly, April 1980, pp. 64-66
  53. [+]
    Political Booknotes (Review)
    Marxism: For and Against, by Robert L. Heilbroner
    1. Marxism: For and Against by Robert L. Heilbroner
    The Washington Monthly, February 1980, pp. 62-63
  54. [+]
    Political Booknotes (Review)
    Congressional Odyssey, by T.R. Reid
    1. Congressional Odyssey by T.R. Reid
    The Washington Monthly, May 1980, p. 61
  55. [+]
    Political Booknotes (Review)
    None of the Above, by Robert Shogan
    1. None of the Above by Robert Shogan
    The Washington Monthly, October 1982, p. 58
  56. [+]
    Political Booknotes (Review)
    Let's Put America Back to Work, by Paul Simon
    1. Let's Put America Back to Work by Paul Simon
    The Washington Monthly, March 1987, p. 58
  57. Politics: First, Forget the Issues
    How to size up presidential candidates
    The Harpers Monthly, August 1983, pp. 14-22
  58. Postcard Los Angeles
    Neoliberals Keep Out
    The New Republic, February 25, 1985, pp. 8-9
  59. Postcard Los Angeles
    Sleaze Factor
    The New Republic, July 1, 1985, p. 12
  60. Power to the People: Making the Constitution Work Again
    The Constitution has been out of date for the last 40 years and the the result is a gov...
    The Washington Monthly, October 1979, pp. 51-58
  61. The Press: Sound-Bitten
    The death of the network campaign
    The New Republic, October 26, 1992, pp. 16-17
  62. [+]
    Reaganism With a Human Face (Review)
    The Road From Here, by Paul Tsongas
    1. The Road From Here by Paul Tsongas
    The New Republic, November 25, 1981, pp. 29-33
  63. [+]
    Redistributing Misery (Review)
    Two cheers for a "share economy."
    1. The Share Economy by Martin L. Weitzman
    The Washington Monthly, January 1985, pp. 57-58
  64. Revenge of the Softheads
    Remember the great new "consensus" on what to do with welfare? Well, it's falling apart
    The New Republic, June 19, 1989, pp. 24-27
  65. [+]
    "The Author to His Body on Their Fifteenth Birthday" (Review)
    Democracy and Distrust, by John Hart Ely
    1. Democracy and Distrust by John Hart Ely
    The New Republic, March 22, 1980, pp. 31-32
  66. [+]
    Political Booknotes (Review)
    Dollars and Dreams, by Frank S. Levy
    1. Dollars and Dreams by Frank S. Levy
    The Washington Monthly, January 1988, p. 58
  67. RFK Envy
    Everyone says Bill Clinton is no Bobby Kennedy when it comes to addressing urban proble...
    The New Republic, June 29, 1992, p. 13
  68. The Right's Free Lunch
    The New Republic, March 9, 1987, p. 14
  69. Sex, Families, Race, Poverty, Welfare: A Symposium
    The American Enterprise, January 1995, p. 35
  70. Should Gary Hart Be President?
    He's done it on defense. Now he's looking for "third options" on other issues.
    The Washington Monthly, October 1981, pp. 30-44
  71. The Smokeless Gun: Billygate and the Press
    Tracking the Comet Kahoutek of scandals.
    The Washington Monthly, October 1980, pp. 38-48
  72. Strike It Rich For Socialism!
    For one defender of the working man, virtue has special rewards.
    The Washington Monthly, July 1980, pp. 30-39
  73. Symposium: The Work Ethic State
    Reponse
    The New Republic, October 6, 1986, pp. 22-23
  74. TANF and "Welfare"
    Further Steps Toward the Work-Ethic State
    The Brookings Review, Summer 2001, pp. 43-50
  75. They Blew It
    Welfare reform was Clinton's winning card. Despite a strong plan, he bungled it. What t...
    The New Republic, December 5, 1994, pp. 14-15
  76. Political Book Award Co-Winners
    They Were Wrong About The Brethren
    It tells us something new--and important.
    The Washington Monthly, March 1981, pp. 32-40
  77. Tommy's New Tune
    Wisconsin has a radical new scheme for ending dependency, and it might just change the ...
    The New Republic, September 18, 1995, pp. 25-27
  78. [+]
    Too Much Technology, Not Enough Soul (Review)
    The gospel according to Randall Rothenberg.
    1. The Neoliberals by Randall Rothenberg
    The Washington Monthly, September 1984, pp. 48-54
  79. Tough Enough
    Luckily, Clinton's welfare reform plan wasn't designed by Ira Magaziner. In other words...
    The New Republic, April 25, 1994, pp. 22-23
  80. TRB: Alice in Chains
    Who's really lying about Social Security?
    The New Republic, November 14, 1994, p. 6
  81. TRB: Bad Wagner
    Old Democrats, New Democrats: a case study
    The New Republic, June 7, 1993, p. 6
  82. TRB: Blame George
    The case against Stephanopoulos
    The New Republic, November 28, 1994, p. 6
  83. TRB: City Limits
    A cure for urban hell: abolish the suburbs
    The New Republic, May 3, 1993, p. 6
  84. TRB: Class Is In
    The hot new affirmative action idea
    The New Republic, March 27, 1995, p. 6
  85. TRB: Credit Where Due
    One promise Clinton rightly kept
    The New Republic, August 2, 1993, p. 6
  86. TRB: Culture Clubbing
    Bill Bennett, victim of the Beltway
    The New Republic, May 17, 1993, p. 6
  87. TRB: Cyberbunk
    The dubious threat of hyperdemocracy
    The New Republic, February 27, 1995, p. 6
  88. TRB: Cynics' Lesson
    Reading the fine print of Clinton's welfare plan
    The New Republic, August 8, 1994, p. 6
  89. TRB: Devolution Blues
    The states break the contract
    The New Republic, January 30, 1995, p. 6
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    TRB: Flopulists (Review)
    The real villains in The Agenda
    1. The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House by Bob Woodward
    The New Republic, July 4, 1994, p. 6
  91. TRB: Getting Sleepy
    The baby boomers collapse
    The New Republic, July 5, 1993, p. 6
  92. TRB: Gilded Age
    The case for irresponsible Social Security cuts
    The New Republic, August 22, 1994, p. 6
  93. TRB: Haute Cloture
    Who do these Republican senators think they are?
    The New Republic, April 26, 1993, p. 6
  94. TRB: HMOphobia
    The case for expensive health care
    The New Republic, March 29, 1993, pp. 4-5
  95. TRB: Left on Base
    To get re-elected, Clinton should spurn the left
    The New Republic, April 10, 1995, p. 6
  96. TRB: Library of Congress
    Novelist Newt has some competition
    The New Republic, December 26, 1994, p. 6
  97. TRB: Life Rift
    Will the Contract with America induce abortions?
    The New Republic, February 13, 1995, p. 6
  98. TRB: Local Hero
    Janet Reno's orgy of nonrecrimination
    The New Republic, May 24, 1993, pp. 4-5
  99. TRB: Moderate Threat
    Ruth Ginsburg's convenient caution
    The New Republic, July 12, 1993, p. 6
  100. TRB: Monkey Business
    Why politicians are such animals
    The New Republic, September 19, 1994, p. 6
  101. TRB: Morning-After Bill
    The search for Clinton's fatal flaw
    The New Republic, May 10, 1993, p. 6
  102. TRB: No Exegesis
    What Betsy all wetsy?
    The New Republic, May 8, 1995, p. 6
  103. TRB: Roe to Ruin
    The case for a litmus test
    The New Republic, April 12, 1993, p. 6
  104. TRB: Room to Move
    Why Clinton has the drop on the GOP
    The New Republic, July 19, 1993, p. 6
  105. TRB: Ruse You Can Use
    Coming Republican budget scams
    The New Republic, May 22, 1995, pp. 4-5
  106. TRB: Separation Anxiety
    A defense of Clinton's school prayer stand
    The New Republic, December 12, 1994, p. 6
  107. TRB: Somalia Syndrome
    Haiti should be such a debacle
    The New Republic, October 17, 1994, pp. 4-5
  108. TRB: Speech Defect
    The First Amendment and Leonard Jeffries
    The New Republic, June 14, 1993, p. 6
  109. TRB: Street Hassle
    Wolf-whistles as a social problem
    The New Republic, March 22, 1993, pp. 4-5
  110. TRB: Such a Deal?
    The Republican line on the deficit is bunk
    The New Republic, March 15, 1993, p. 6
  111. TRB: Switch and Bait
    Why did the right dump tax credits for the poor?
    The New Republic, June 19, 1995, p. 6
  112. TRB: Taint So
    A modest cure for the pretrial publicity problem
    The New Republic, July 18, 1994, p. 6
  113. TRB: Thanks for Sharing
    A good idea whose time has come
    The New Republic, March 8, 1993, pp. 4-5
  114. TRB: The Cure
    How to revive the Clinton presidency
    The New Republic, September 12, 1994, p. 6
  115. TRB: The Fairness Trap
    Why progressivity isn't everything
    The New Republic, April 5, 1993, p. 6
  116. TRB: The Madison Curse
    Real governments don't need "focus"
    The New Republic, May 31, 1993, pp. 4-5
  117. TRB: The Vanishing
    Clinton's disappearing welfare reform plan
    The New Republic, April 19, 1993, p. 6
  118. TRB: Thinking of Hillary
    The perils of creeping Rodhamism
    The New Republic, February 15, 1993, p. 6
  119. TRB: Tribal Hatred
    How come the press doesn't like Bill?
    The New Republic, June 21, 1993, pp. 4-5
  120. TRB: Unusual Suspects
    Is the gay ban unconstitutional?
    The New Republic, February 22, 1993, pp. 4-5
  121. TRB: Virtual President
    News analysis from a parallel universe
    The New Republic, June 28, 1993, p. 6
  122. TRB: Waging Bull
    The Democrats' iffy plans to raise incomes
    The New Republic, January 9, 1995, p. 6
  123. TRB: Who's Sorry Now
    Robert McNamara's flexible response
    The New Republic, May 1, 1995, p. 6
  124. TRB: Workfare Wimp-Out
    How the GOP gutted its own reform plan
    The New Republic, March 13, 1995, pp. 4-5
  125. The Trouble With Unions
    The Harpers Monthly, June 1983, pp. 23-35
  126. A Union for Yuppies
    The New Republic, June 3, 1985, pp. 14-15
  127. Up from Altruism
    The New Republic, December 15, 1986, pp. 17-18
  128. Vetoed Veto
    The New Republic, August 8, 1983, pp. 10-11
  129. Washington Diarist: Clintonfreude
    The New Republic, May 11, 1992, pp. 46-48
  130. Washington Diarist: Facially Correct
    My fight against shavism
    The New Republic, March 4, 1991, pp. 42-44
  131. Washington Diarist: Old News
    The New Republic, March 7, 1994, pp. 46-48
  132. Washington Diarist: Understatements
    What did I do in the war again?
    The New Republic, September 10, 1990, pp. 54-56
  133. Washington Monthly's Reagan Scorecard
    Will Reagan follow through? Will he sell out? You can't tell the sellouts without a sco...
    The Washington Monthly, February 1981, pp. 20-34
  134. Washington: There's No Shame Anymore
    Influence peddling comes out of the closet
    The Harpers Monthly, August 1982, pp. 8-17
  135. Watch What You Call Welfare
    And don't abolish Social Security.
    The Washington Monthly, March 1989, pp. 45-47
  136. Welfare Waffle
    Where exactly does Clinton stand on reform?
    The New Republic, October 12, 1992, pp. 10-11
  137. What's Wrong With Roots
    The ethnic movement urges us to recapture our separate pasts, but the culture of the me...
    The Washington Monthly, March 1979, pp. 22-29
  138. Annual Political Book Section
    Where Marxists Go Right
    Radical economics has gone soggy, but it's milquetoast that may do the rest of us some ...
    The Washington Monthly, March 1983, pp. 40-43
  139. Why California Hates Politics
    And why it shouldn't.
    The Washington Monthly, February 1985, pp. 25-31
  140. The Work Ethic State
    The New Republic, July 7, 1986, pp. 22-33
  141. Zbig for Life?
    The way the Supreme Court is going, we could be stuck with him.
    The Washington Monthly, June 1980, pp. 25-32
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