Stephanie Mencimer

Stephanie Mencimer is a senior reporter at Mother Jones, an advisory board member at the Fund for Investigative Journalism, and the author of Blocking the Courthouse Door: How the Republican Party and Its Corporate Allies Are Taking Away Your Right to Sue. She was a Washington Monthly editor from 2000 to 2002.


Green Genes

Bush’s claim must be regarded with a healthy dose of skepticism. Inquiring minds might want to check out Peter Pringle’s new book Food, Inc. for a more nuanced assessment of the E.U. ban, as well as the potential for biotech foods in Africa and the rest of the developing world. Pringle is a veteran British… Read more »

The Girls’ Guide to Plumbing and Fixing

Dare to Repair promises to school readers in do-it-yourself projects manageable by even the most carpentry-challenged sorority girl. Instructions are helpfully arrayed around drawings of wheelchair-bound seniors replacing doorknobs and pregnant gals installing foot locks. The illustrations give the book a distinctly PC flavor, but it’s hardly the product of raging feminists. The acknowledgments are… Read more »

Bumper Mentality

Have you ever wondered why sport utility vehicle drivers seem like such assholes? Surely it’s no coincidence that Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Dem-ocratic National Committee, tours Washington in one of the biggest SUVs on the market, the Cadillac Escalade, or that Jesse Ventura loves the Lincoln Navigator. Well, according to New York Times reporter… Read more »

Rich Man, Spore Man

On October 21, government vans, chartered buses, and even neighborhood mail trucks delivered a steady stream of postal workers to the ambulance bay of D.C. General Hospital. Nearly 4,000 people lined up to have their noses swabbed for anthrax spores and to pick up Ziploc bags of antibiotics. The parking lot of the 195-year-old public… Read more »

The wisdom of Ann Coulter

The column outraged the public, but conservatives, including National Review editor Richard Lowry, ascribed Coulter’s column to grief over the loss of a friend in the attacks. But the following week, Coulter was at it again: “Congress could pass a law tomorrow requiring that all aliens from Arabic countries leave….We should require passports to fly… Read more »