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The Washington Monthly is a monthly magazine of United Statesmarker politics and government that is based in Washington, D.C.marker

The magazine's founder is Charles Peters, who started the magazine in 1969 and continues to write monthly columns. Paul Glastris, former speechwriter for Bill Clinton, has been the Monthly's editor-in-chief since 2001. Author and journalist Markos Kounalakis is the magazine's president emeritus. Diane Straus Tucker is the magazine's current publisher. Past staff editors of the magazine include Taylor Branch, James Fallows, David Ignatius, Nicholas Lemann, Mickey Kaus, Jonathan Alter, Joshua Green and Jon Meacham.

The politics of the Monthly are left of center, though somewhat moderately so. Founder Charles Peters refers to himself as a New Deal Democrat and advocates for effective use of government to address social problems. His columns also frequently emphasize the importance of a vigilant Fourth Estate in keeping government honest.

The Monthly is one of a growing number of magazines to feature a continuing blog; the popular "Political Animal" was written principally by Kevin Drum for several years, with frequent guest contributions by the Monthly's current and alumni editors. In 2008, Steve Benen took over as lead blogger.

Annual college rankings

The Washington Monthly's annual college and university rankings (an alternative college guide to the U.S. News and World Report) began as a research report in 2005. It was introduced as an official set of rankings in the September 2006 issue. The rankings are based upon the following criteria:

  • a. "how well it performs as an engine of social mobility (ideally helping the poor to get rich rather than the very rich to get very, very rich)"
  • b. "how well it does in fostering scientific and humanistic research"
  • c. "how well it promotes an ethic of service to country" .

The top ranked National University for 2009 is the University of California, Berkeleymarker and the top ranked Liberal Arts College for 2007 is Amherst Collegemarker.


  1. The Washington Monthly's Annual College Guide
  2. The Washington Monthly College Rankings
  3. The Washington Monthly's Annual College Guide, a note on methodology
  4. The Washington Monthly's Annual College Guide

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