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                                                                                  February 2006 Issue = 13 Articles
                                                                                  1. Letters, pp. 3-5
                                                                                  2. Tilting at Windmills by Charles Peters, pp. 6-9
                                                                                  3. 10 Miles Square by Zachary Roth, pp. 10-13
                                                                                  4. Let There Be Wi-Fi by Robert McChesney and John Podesta, pp. 14-17
                                                                                  5. Kos Up by Benjamin Wallace-Wells, pp. 18-23
                                                                                  6. The End of Hunting? by Christina Larson, pp. 24-32
                                                                                  7. The Rise and Fall of Imperial Democracies by Joshua Kurlantzick, pp. 33-37
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                                                                                    The Go-Go '00s by Sebastian Mallaby, pp. 38-39 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. The Pro-Growth Progressive by Gene Sperling
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                                                                                    Our Man in Pakistan by Michael Hirsh, pp. 40-41 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military by Husain Haqqani
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                                                                                    Earnest, Young & Owing by Avi Klein, pp. 42-44 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. The Destruction of Young Lawyers by Douglas Litowitz
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                                                                                    Blair Hitch Project by Isaac Chotiner, pp. 45-47 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. American Ally by Con Coughlin
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                                                                                    The Aging of Aquarius by Jamie Malanowski, pp. 48-49 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. The Greater Generation by Leonard Steinhorn
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                                                                                    Andrew Johnson's Good Deed by Jennifer Weber, pp. 50-54 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Forever Free by Eric Foner
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                                                                                  March 2006 Issue = 18 Articles
                                                                                  1. Letters, pp. 3-4
                                                                                  2. Tilting at Windmills by Charles Peters, pp. 5-8
                                                                                  3. 10 Miles Square by Paul Waldman, pp. 9-13
                                                                                  4. Not One Dime by James Carville and Paul Begala, pp. 14-15
                                                                                  5. Nuclear Waste by Zachary Roth, pp. 16-23
                                                                                  6. All the President's Enablers, p. 24
                                                                                  7. George W. Bush is no Ronald Reagan by Kevin Drum, pp. 25-27
                                                                                  8. Ronald Reagan was no George W. Bush by Carl Cannon, pp. 28-30
                                                                                  9. Paul Bremer was just following instructions by Michael Hirsh, pp. 31-33
                                                                                  10. George Tenet chose appeasement by Spencer Ackerman, pp. 34-35
                                                                                  11. Torie Clarke advised "candor" by Margaret Sullivan, p. 36
                                                                                  12. Fred Barnes delivered talking points by Isaac Chotiner, pp. 37-38
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                                                                                    Down from the Mountain by Benjamin Wallace-Wells, pp. 39-41 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. At Canaan's Edge by Taylor Branch
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                                                                                    Femi-nazi Hunter by Jamie Malanowski, pp. 42-43 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Women Who Make the World Worse by Kate O'Beirne
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                                                                                    The Gospel of William Jennings Bryan by Ed Kilgore, pp. 44-46 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. A Godly Hero by Michael Kazin
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                                                                                    Bombs Away by Jacob Heilbrunn, pp. 47-48 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. The Bomb in the Basement by Michael Karpin
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                                                                                    He Felt Thy Pain by William Lee Miller, pp. 49-50 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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                                                                                    Freeh Ride by Richard Gid Powers, pp. 51-54 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. My FBI by Louis J. Freeh
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                                                                                  April 2006 Issue = 16 Articles
                                                                                  1. Letters, pp. 3-4
                                                                                  2. Tilting at Windmills by Charles Peters, pp. 5-8
                                                                                  3. The Man of the Smoke-Filled Room by Alexander Bolton, pp. 9-10
                                                                                  4. Bad for the Jews, Worse for the Christians by Rachel Morris, p. 11
                                                                                  5. The Five Stages of Abramoff Grief by Paul Waldman, pp. 12-16
                                                                                  6. Shift Work by Douglas McGray, pp. 17-21
                                                                                  7. Deviously Ineffective by Ed Kilgore, pp. 22-23
                                                                                  8. Everyday Low Vices by T.A. Frank, pp. 24-31
                                                                                  9. The Framers and the Faithful by Steven Waldman, pp. 32-38
                                                                                  10. When Would Jesus Bolt? by Amy Sullivan, pp. 39-45
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                                                                                    The Forgotten Imagemeister by David Greenberg, pp. 46-48 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. The Man Everybody Knew by Richard M. Fried
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                                                                                    The Stubbornest Amreicans by Andrew R. Graybill, pp. 49-50 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
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                                                                                    How We Won by Nicholas Thompson, pp. 51-52 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis
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                                                                                    On Message by Derek Chollet, pp. 53-54 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. The Shield and the Cloak by Gary Hart
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                                                                                    The Coffee House Candidate by Jonathan Rose, pp. 55-56 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Zioncheck for President by Phillip Campbell
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                                                                                    Backseat Strategists by Mark Schmitt, pp. 57-62 - 4 Reviews
                                                                                    1. Take It Back: Our Party, Our Country, Our Future by James Carville and Paul Begala
                                                                                    2. Crashing the Gate by Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Zuniga
                                                                                    3. Foxes in the Henhouse by Steve Jarding and Dave "Mudcat" Saunders
                                                                                    4. Hostile Takeover by David Sirota
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                                                                                  June 2006 Issue = 15 Articles
                                                                                  1. Letters, pp. 3-4
                                                                                  2. Tilting at Windmills by Charles Peters, pp. 5-8
                                                                                  3. 10 Miles Square by Amy Sullivan, pp. 9-10
                                                                                  4. Mark & Silvio: A Historical Reenactment by T.A. Frank, pp. 11-12
                                                                                  5. Hawks for Dissent by Ralph Peters, pp. 13-16
                                                                                  6. The Pruner by James Verini, pp. 17-20
                                                                                  7. The End of Legal Bribery by Jeffrey Birnbaum, pp. 21-25
                                                                                  8. The Fireside Chat That Roosevelt Threw Away by Jonathan Alter, pp. 26-30
                                                                                  9. Investi-Gate by Zachary Roth, pp. 31-35
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                                                                                    Big Fish Story by James Warren, pp. 36-38 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. The One That Got Away by Howell Raines
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                                                                                    Irrational Annoyance by Steven Mufson, pp. 39-43 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Bubble Man by Peter Hartcher
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                                                                                    Video Game Theory by Chris Suellentrop, pp. 44-45 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Synthetic Worlds by Edward Castronova
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                                                                                    Faculty Lounge by James Beale, pp. 46-47 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Our Underachieving Colleges by Derek Bok
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                                                                                    Help Yourself by Avi Klein, pp. 48-49 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Sham: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless by Steve Salerno
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                                                                                    Talking Points by Elizabeth Austin, pp. 50-54 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Conversation by Stephen Miller
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                                                                                  July 2006 Issue = 14 Articles
                                                                                  1. Letters, pp. 3-4
                                                                                  2. Tilting at Windmills by Charles Peters, pp. 5-8
                                                                                  3. 10 Miles Square by Steve Benen, pp. 9-10
                                                                                  4. Didn't Build Jack by Jeffrey Van der Veer, pp. 11-12
                                                                                  5. The Next Kofi Annan? by Soyoung Ho, p. 13
                                                                                  6. Operation Iraqi Free Ride by Dean Starkman, pp. 14-16
                                                                                  7. Shill Wind by Eric Boehlert, pp. 17-20
                                                                                  8. Fatal Inaction by Joshua Kurlantzick, pp. 21-25
                                                                                  9. Panda Slugger by Soyoung Ho, pp. 26-31
                                                                                  10. Why Conservatives Can't Govern by Alan Wolfe, pp. 32-40
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                                                                                    Cold Comfort by Fred Kaplan, pp. 41-43 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. The Good Fight by Peter Beinart
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                                                                                    1. The Disposable American by Louis Uchitelle
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                                                                                    Analyze This by David Wallace-Wells, pp. 48-49 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille
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                                                                                    Out of Order by Kevin Drum, pp. 50-54 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. The Broken Branch by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein
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                                                                                  September 2006 Issue = 17 Articles
                                                                                  1. Letters, pp. 3-4
                                                                                  2. Tilting at Windmills by Charles Peters, pp. 5-8
                                                                                  3. 10 Miles Square by Christina Larson, pp. 9-11
                                                                                  4. The Washington Decoder by T.A. Frank, p. 12
                                                                                  5. A Higher Power by Robert Dreyfuss, pp. 13-15
                                                                                  6. Rove 2.0 by Rebecca Sinderbrand, pp. 16-20
                                                                                  7. Introduction, pp. 21-25
                                                                                  8. Report: Is Our Students Learning? by Kevin Carey, pp. 26-29
                                                                                  9. National Universities, pp. 30-32
                                                                                  10. College Admissions as Literary Genre, pp. 33-34
                                                                                  11. National Service as Status Symbol, pp. 35-37
                                                                                  12. Liberal Arts Colleges, pp. 38-43
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                                                                                    Kurdish Delight by Michael Hirsh, pp. 44-45 - 2 Reviews
                                                                                    1. Fiasco by Thomas E. Ricks
                                                                                    2. The End of Iraq by Peter W. Galbraith
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                                                                                    Hero or Hack? by Greg Sargent, pp. 46-48 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Spoiling for a Fight by Brooke A. Masters
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                                                                                    The Gift That Keeps on Spinning by Christian Caryl, pp. 49-51 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. The Foreigner's Gift by Fouad Ajami
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                                                                                    An Historian's Tale by Jacob Heilbrunn, pp. 52-53 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography by David S. Brown
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                                                                                    The Savage South by Jon Meacham, pp. 54-58 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Redemption by Nicholas Lemann
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                                                                                  October 2006 Issue = 20 Articles
                                                                                  1. Letters, pp. 3-6
                                                                                  2. Tilting at Windmills by Charles Peters, pp. 7-10
                                                                                  3. Ten Miles Square by Conor Clarke, pp. 11-13
                                                                                  4. Borderline Catastrophe by Rachel Morris, pp. 14-18
                                                                                  5. The Tryant Who Came In From the Cold by Ron Suskind, pp. 19-23
                                                                                  6. Meet the New Boss by Zachary Roth and Cliff Schecter, pp. 24-30
                                                                                  7. Conservatives on why the GOP should lose in November, p. 31
                                                                                  8. Let's quit while we're behind by Christopher Buckley, pp. 32-33
                                                                                  9. Bring on Pelosi by Bruce Bartlett, p. 34
                                                                                  10. And we thought Clinton had no self-control by Joe Scarborough, p. 35
                                                                                  11. Give divided government a chance by William A. Niskanen, pp. 36-37
                                                                                  12. Restrain this White House by Bruce Fein, pp. 38-39
                                                                                  13. Ideologie has taken over by Jeffrey Hart, pp. 40-41
                                                                                  14. The show must not go on by Richard A. Viguerie, pp. 42-43
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                                                                                    Unto the Father by Paul Baumann, pp. 44-48 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege by Damon Linker
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                                                                                    One Party to Rule Them All by Mark Schmitt, pp. 49-53 - 2 Reviews
                                                                                    1. One Party Country by Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten
                                                                                    2. Building Red America by Thomas B. Edsall
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                                                                                    Flat Lines and Bottom LInes by Ezra Klein, pp. 54-56 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Money-Driven Medicine by Maggie Mahar
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                                                                                    Couch Warriors by Avi Klein, pp. 57-59 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. From Sun Tzu to Xbox by Ed Halter
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                                                                                    Uniform Disaster by Joseph Galloway, pp. 60-63 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Fiasco by Thomas E. Ricks
                                                                                  20. Back Page by Lucy Kennedy, pp. 64-66
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                                                                                  November 2006 Issue = 13 Articles
                                                                                  1. Letters, pp. 3-6
                                                                                  2. Tilting at Windmills by Charles Peters, pp. 7-10
                                                                                  3. Ten Miles Square by T.A. Frank, pp. 11-12
                                                                                  4. Politics 101 by Paul Glastris, pp. 13-14
                                                                                  5. The Race to Gerrymander by Rachel Morris, pp. 15-18
                                                                                  6. Death Wish by Avi Klein, pp. 19-22
                                                                                  7. Poison Pill by Barbara T. Dreyfuss, pp. 23-29
                                                                                  8. The Establishmentarian by Zachary Roth, pp. 30-36
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                                                                                    Last Woman Standing by Noam Scheiber, pp. 37-38 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. The Way to Win by Mark Halperin and John F. Harris
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                                                                                    Pet Sounds by Kevin Drum, pp. 39-40 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. The Perfect Thing by Steven Levy
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                                                                                    The Loud Mouth by Jamie Malanowski, pp. 41-42 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Forgive Us Our Spins by Jesse Larner
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                                                                                    Average Zhou by T.A. Frank, pp. 43-44 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Chinese Lessons by John Pomfret#2
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                                                                                    The Invention of Shopping by Christina Larson, pp. 45-50 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Service and Style by Jan Whitaker
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                                                                                  December 2006 Issue = 19 Articles
                                                                                  1. Letters, pp. 5-6
                                                                                  2. Tilting at Windmills by Charles Peters, pp. 7-10
                                                                                  3. Ten Miles Square by Spencer Ackerman, pp. 11-13
                                                                                  4. Social Adjustment by Michael Brendan Dougherty, pp. 14-16
                                                                                  5. The Democrats Win, p. 17
                                                                                  6. Govern like LBJ, not Tom DeLay by Tom Daschle, pp. 18-19
                                                                                  7. Say you want a revolution by Mark Schmitt, pp. 20-21
                                                                                  8. Be bipartisan: Impeach Bush by John Nichols, pp. 22-25
                                                                                  9. Don't do unto others by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, pp. 26-27
                                                                                  10. Kick 'em while they're down by Ed Kilgore, pp. 28-29
                                                                                  11. Listen to the voters on Iraq by David Gergen, pp. 30-31
                                                                                  12. Send the Baker commission to Gaza by Daniel Levy, pp. 32-35
                                                                                  13. [+]
                                                                                    Boor War by Paul Waldman, pp. 36-38 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Culture Warrior by Bill O'Reilly
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                                                                                    Stuck in the Middle East With You by Joshua Hammer, pp. 39-40 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Prisoners by Jeffrey Goldberg
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                                                                                    Little Big Man by David Wallace-Wells, pp. 41-42 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Size Matters by Stephen S. Hall
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                                                                                    Abramoff for Dummies by Paul Kiel, pp. 43-45 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Heist by Peter H. Stone
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                                                                                    Election Fraud, American Style by Phil Keisling, pp. 46-49 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Brave New Ballot by Aviel David Rubin
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                                                                                    Regime Unchanged by Joshua Kurlantzick, pp. 50-54 - 1 Review
                                                                                    1. Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin
                                                                                  19. The GOP Holds On, pp. 55-68
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