The January/February issue of the Washington Monthly is now online. Have a look and let us know what you think.

Cover Story

In the Jaws of Climate Change
The Arctic ice cap is melting, cutting the polar bears’ food supply and forcing them into areas where people live and camp. And to a hungry polar bear, a human being is just meat. by Sabrina Shankman

Plus: Managing a Decaying Government

Ten Secret Truths About Government Incompetence
What we can learn from the management mistakes of Obama and Bush. by Donald F. Kettl

The Rise and Fall of the U.S. Government
While other conservatives say that the American state has become too powerful, Francis Fukuyama argues that it has grown too weak. by John J. DiIulio Jr.

Why I Quit the Congressional Research Service
How Congress’s dysfunction has degraded its own in-house think tank. by Kevin R. Kosar

Meat Puppets
How Washington bought into the anti-saturated-fat agenda. by Kukula Glastris

Other Features

Let Us Now Praise Corporate Persons
Citizens United was a bad decision; but the cry of “Corporations are not people!” isn’t helping fix the problem-in fact, it’s making it worse. by Kent Greenfield


Editor’s Note
Why a Second Progressive Era Is Emerging and How Not to Blow it. by Paul Glastris

Tilting at Windmills
A nation of Maytag repairmen … Is that a shrimp in
your pocket? … Obama’s eighteen-and-a-half-month gap. by Jonathan Alter

Ten Miles Square

Three Simple Fixes That Could Save Pro Football
Reimagining the game for the twenty first century. by Jeff Nussbaum

College Football Coaches, The Ultimate 1 Percent
More than a century ago, the very idea of paying coaches was up for debate. The arguments against it looked very similar to the arguments today against paying players. by Matt Connolly

Talk of the Toons

On Political Books

SCOTUS Heads Toward the Cliff
Conservatives have made the Supreme Court radical. But not radical enough for libertarians. by Michael O’Donnell

Flipping Their Wigs
The framers would be shocked at how far conservative jurists have narrowed the definition of what constitutes political corruption. by Daniel Bush

A Thief, a Dirty Politician, and a Suicide Bomber Walk Into a Bar
Yes, terrorists conspire with criminal networks and corrupt officials. But that doesn’t mean cracking down on crime and corruption will stop terrorism. by Paul R. Pillar

Is a Grand Strategy for America Even Possible?
Three of our finest flag officers attempt to offer unifying visions for the United States, but run aground on the same political polarization that flummoxes everything else. by Heather Hurlburt

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Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly. A former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, he is writing a book on America’s involvement in the Greek War of Independence.