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Dick Kirschten

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Spy games

June 4, 2002 Everybody loves a good spy story. And what could be more dramatic than the cloak-and-dagger saga of the intelligence establishment's quest to keep America's nuclear weapons know-how from falling into the wrong hands? But two recent books raise unsettling questions about the prowess of the nation's would-be spy catchers and ...

A Public Education

December 1, 2001 resh out of the Navy in January 1961, I took a job as a cub reporter in Louisville, Ky., where I quickly learned two things: that our readers really did want to know what their public servants were up to, and that the Kentucky Derby was a very big deal. ...

Mission Impossible

November 1, 2001 From the standpoint of its practitioners, the business of politics has never been healthier - or more lucrative. s Washington concentrates its attention on the political imperative of dealing forcefully with global terrorists who denounce the American way of life, many other issues quite naturally take lesser priority. Somewhat ironically, ...

Washington at War

October 1, 2001 ixty years ago, following Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Washington underwent a striking transformation. To facilitate the ensuing mobilization, temporary office structures sprang up like mushrooms in the green space along the National Mall. Across the Potomac, the massive, fortress-like Pentagon was rushed to completion in just 16 months. ...

Business As Usual

September 1, 2001 n the game of government, custom usually triumphs over change. And conciliation always beats confrontation. A good way to gauge the success of new Presidents is to see how quickly they adapt to these realities. New administrations frequently take office pledging to make good on bold promises to change the ...

The Best Deal in Town?

August 1, 2001 he era of big government is said to be over. But is an era of big government contracting about to begin? The Bush administra-tion believes that many tasks now performed by federal employees can be achieved more efficiently by outsourcing them to private firms. "The objective is not to move ...

The Newest Branch of Government

July 1, 2001 t the halfway point of President Bush's first year in the Oval Office, followers of Washington's think-tank punditry may understandably be a bit confused. The consensus at a recent gathering of political observers was that Bush deserves high marks for his bold pursuit of a broad policy agenda in his ...

The Marketer in Chief

June 1, 2001 "Oftentimes what I try to say in Washington gets filtered, and sometimes my words don't exactly translate directly to the people. So I've found it's best to travel the country. I'm coming in from Billings, Mont., [where] we had about 12,000 people show up last night to hear . . ...

Faith, Funds and Performance

May 1, 2001 t's a pillar of Republican belief that the private sector can solve most problems better than the government Similarly, Republicans are convinced that achieving good results also is good politics, especially if costs can be cut in the process. Those convictions converge in the mission of the newly created White ...

Revolving door woes

April 1, 2001 ashington's well-oiled revolving door is whirring smoothly these days. Seasoned Republican apparatchiks are rotating back into government, replacing ousted Democrats who have spun off to new pursuits as lawyer-lobbyists, speakers on the lecture circuit or peddlers of kiss-and-tell memoirs. For many, going to work for President Bush meant moving just ...