Twenty-five years ago this week, Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” was the number-one song in the country. (Although, if you think about it, we did start the fire, and it’s good to see some movement towards putting that fire out.)

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D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.