Year: 2006

Walk This Way


In seven geographically diverse states — Oregon, Montana, Washington, Pennsylvania, Kansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota — sizable access programs have been in place for roughly a decade and grown to include 500,000 or more acres. While the national number of hunters dropped by 7 percent between 1991 and 2001, in the same decade these… Read more »

The Reel Deal


The ads, produced by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, are designed to lure Americans back to the lakes and rivers where they used to fish. As with hunters, the ranks of active anglers have thinned, from 23 percent of Americans in 1985 to 16 percent in 2001. The absolute number of anglers has also… Read more »

The Aging of Aquarius

Readers will recall that it was Tom Brokaw’s great good luck as a journalist, as a reporter of news, to uncover that back in the 1930s and 1940s, a large mass of young Americans had to suffer, a) the trials and deprivations of the Great Depression, then b) fight a terrible war –a “world war”… Read more »

The Go-Go ’00s’

Sperling’s book states the case for Clintonomics, the bundle of policies he helped to create during his eight years in the White House where he served as Deputy National Economic Adviser during the Clinton’s first presidential term and National Economic Adviser during the second one. Clintonomics was about two things–market-driven growth on the one hand,… Read more »

Let There Be Wi-Fi

Most people know broadband as an alternative to their old, slow dial-up Internet connection. These high-capacity data networks made of fiber-optic cables provide a constant, unbroken connection to the Internet. But broadband is about much more than checking your email or browsing on EBay. In the near future, telephone, television, radio and the web all… Read more »

New York, Paris, Milan… DC?

In this crowd of dark-suited D.C. office workers, it wasn’t hard to spot a supermodel–not least because a huge cardboard display, featuring a photograph of Frederique and the Capitol File logo, had been placed prominently at one end of the room. But no one seemed to know who Billy Campbell was. “That guy, maybe?” offered… Read more »

Tilting at Windmills

If you doubt the Bush administration’s commitment to the welfare of private business, consider the recent deal the Department of Labor made with Wal-Mart. It promised to give 15 days advance notice before inspecting for child-labor violations. You can see the scene now: Sam, we gotta hide these kids. Actually, considering that it’s Wal-Mart, it… Read more »

Kos Call

I hate Washington,” says Markos Moulitsas Zuniga. Many people, of course, say that they hate Washington. Jay Leno says so. So do Rush Limbaugh and Monica Lewinsky. But Moulitsas, who is the world’s biggest political blogger, says it differently, with a freshly arrived-at and deeply felt zeal, as if he himself has discovered the place… Read more »

Andrew Johnson’s Good Deed

To the extent that Americans think about Reconstruction, most tend to consider it as either a missed opportunity for African Americans or a disastrous experience for white Southerners. The truth is, though most Americans rarely think about Reconstruction at all. In Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction, Columbia Professor Eric Foner tries to… Read more »