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Cover Story

Can Gay Wedlock Break Political Gridlock?
Suddenly, it’s in both parties’ interests to fight the broader decline of marriage. Here’s the case for a “marriage opportunity” agenda. by David Blankenhorn, William Galston, Jonathan Rauch, and Barbara Dafor Whitehead

Other Features

When Freedom Isn’t Free
ALEC and the bail bond industry have a new plan to empty prisons, for a price. by Alysia Santo

What Piketty Missed: The Banks
The explosion of finance, and its weak regulation, has exacerbated inequality. Stronger regulation could lead to higher middle-class wages. by Daniel Carpenter

A New Agenda for Political Reform
Instead of trying to weaken the pressure of corporate money in Washington, let’s try strengthening Congress’s capacity to resist it. by Lee Drutman and Steven Teles

A Lobbyist Just for You
And two other solutions to counter corporate influence in Washington. by Lee Drutman


Editor’s Note
Washington’s Biggest Problem: Not Agreeing on the Problem. by Paul Glastris

Tilting at Windmills
Obama and Clinton complete each other… Speak softly and carry a venti latte… Mortage refinancing and nasal cleansing. by Steven Waldman

Ten Miles Square

How Mike Huckabee Became the New Sarah Palin
St. Joan of the Tundra taught him the art of inviting ridicule and turning it into victimization. by Ed Kilgore

Talk of the Toons

On Political Books

Death with Indignity
How Medicare and other federal subsidies rope the elderly into painful, futile, and costly end-of-life care. by Shannon Brownlee

Operation Rent Seeking
How the war on terrorism became a business model. by Mike Lofgren

Lost in Obamacare
Buried in Steven Brill’s convoluted tome are important truths about how to reform our health care delivery system. by Phillip Longman

The Future of Work
The American Midwest and the Mexican border are the twin faces of economic globalization and the upheavals they have endured are the new normal. by James McBride

The Reckless Reign of W.
We are still living with the forty-third president’s legacy. by Martin Longman

Welfare with an Ocean View
The federal government spends billions replenishing beaches for the affluent. The bill will soon skyrocket thanks to climate change. by Theodoric Meyer

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Paul Glastris

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.