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It was nice to see David Leonhardt of the New York Times single out the Washington Monthly this morning as his solitary recommendation for readers to go to for policy. Here’s the explanation for his piece:

Holiday shopping. As you read this, people are jostling each other in stores across the land. I have a different suggestion for holiday shopping: Buy a subscription — for yourself or as a gift — to a publication that does great work and that needs more help than, say, The New York Times.

The Times is thriving, as I explained yesterday, but not all publications have the financial advantages we do. And some of these publications do vital work that a democracy needs. They provide local and regional coverage. Or they focus on a specific subject. Or they write about the world from a particular perspective.

Below is a list of publications I recommend that you consider. It includes some reader recommendations, too, and of course this isn’t intended to be a complete list. (Readers sent in more 1,000 recommendations this week, and I plan to check out many more than I’ve listed here.)

We’d love it if you followed Leonhardt’s advice and bought a subscription to our magazine as part of your holiday shopping. We also have a special offer running right now that allows you to get more bang for your tax-deductible charitable contribution to the magazine. For a limited time, every dollar you donate will be matched thanks to a generous challenge grant we’ve received from three respected foundations: the Democracy Fund and the Knight and MacArthur Foundations. So, whether you want to buy a subscription for yourself or a loved one, or you’d like to make a donation of $10, $20, $30, $50, $100, $1000, or whatever you can give, now’s a great time to do it. As Leonhardt noted, we don’t have the same financial advantages of the New York Times, but we do vital work that our democracy needs.

Thank you in advance for your support and for making what we do possible.

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