Substance Abuse

And what if you don’t get it all sorted out before your views are broadcast into 20 million homes? You won’t be the first. “I don’t want to embarrass anybody, but sometimes people come in here and they’re not quite ready,” talk-show host Diane Rehm says carefully. Walk into the “communication room” minutes before Rehm… Read more »

You Still Need A Blackboard

On a recent Thursday afternoon, Ms. Adorador, a counselor and administrator at the Oakland Charter Academy, was not counseling any students. She was alone in her office gripping a cordless phone, trying to transform herself into a tax expert. Her middle school, which serves 175 mostly Spanish-speaking students, was one of America’s first charter schools…. Read more »

Greenspan? Gipper? Gates?

To his opponents, Bill Clinton is Don Liddle. The economy is booming on his watch, but only because of the work of others. Larry Lindsay, George Bush’s chief economic adviser, suggests that Ronald Reagan is the real Willie Mays. Conservative pundit Robert Novak thanks entrepreneurs and says that giving credit for the boom to Clinton… Read more »


It’s hard to find the right running mate. And it’s especially hard for a Democrat right now: George W. Bush has a Palm Pilot filled with intriguing candidates—from Colin Powell to congressional standouts like Chuck Hagel and big state governors like Tom Ridge. By contrast, the Democrats’ little black book looks awfully thin. Some of… Read more »

The Lost Village

Beltway pundits meanwhile sneer about the Beltway pundits, as if they weren’t just such pundits themselves. The major players here accuse one another of being that which they themselves are; and this Dostoevskyian undertone reached its peak, or nadir, in the Clinton impeachment farce, when one after another of the President’s accusers turned out to… Read more »

Leg Room

Rather quietly in what is usually a publicity-oriented industry, the king of aerospace firms has begun selling the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), a 737-700 jetliner, which normally seats about 125 passengers, modified into a corporate aircraft for the use of a few executives or even just one person. Boeing delivered the first fully completed (that… Read more »

Class Act

“We’re going to talk about eyes today; we all have two,” she says—no, decrees—to 22 students watching her from behind laboratory benches. “Why?” A small pause, short enough to escape conscious notice but long enough to underline the question’s significance. And when Matthews launches into her introduction, she paces and gestures, delivering lab instructions in… Read more »

Drug Rush

You might think that under the circumstances, the government would be pouring enormous resources into evaluating the hows and whys of prescription drug fatalities, but it is not. Industry-supported reforms have provided the FDA major resources to focus on the approval of new drugs, but once these drugs are out in the market, the picture… Read more »

One Eye on the Exit

From the chief of staff to the most obscure policy advisor, White House staffers show up with bubbling idealism, great expectations, and seemingly unlimited vigor. Then, usually within 18 months, they’re out. Although a few stick around until a new president has been elected and the moving vans roll up, most others call it quits… Read more »

A Newsroom Hero

History will record that the plane did indeed fly into the mountain: after a stormy two-year tenure in Atlanta, when the paper won two Pulitzers but Kovach ran afoul of his profit-minded corporate bosses, he left Atlanta to become curator of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. This summer he’s returning to Washington to write books… Read more »