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Reviews of Madagascar, Howl's Moving Castle and several other new films.

An analysis of the BBC's documentary on Al Qaeda and Islamic terrorism.

Urban centers are by their nature spawning grounds of progressive politics.

Some progressive municipal officials have jumped beyond the boundaries of their communities to address state and national issues.

Progressive cities in a conservative sea.


Washington, DC

In its campaign against Newsweek, the Bush Administration seeks to undermine already faltering public confidence.

There is no specific genetic marker that distinguishes one race from another.

The Israeli university boycott and its subsequent reversal could have been avoided.

The fight over stem cell research has divided Congressional Republicans.

The mask of corporate America

The progressive and regressive politics of Star Wars.

Voters in France and the Netherlands were right to reject the European Constitution.

Why "Deep Throat" and the Watergate story are still important today.

Opposing US-sanctioned torture is today's great task.

They came to hear Howard Dean.

But they got the message that matters from Arianna Huffington.

That's because, while the chairman of the Democratic National Committee delivered a tepid and predictable address to the Campaign for America's Future's "Take Back America" conference on Thursday, the columnist and author who not that many years ago identified as a Newt Gingrich conservative was the speaker who showed up with a road map for renewal of the Democratic Party.

Articles on Bolivia, the Lincoln Museum and other issues attract both praise and criticism.

I realize the motto of The Nation is "Unconventional Wisdom Since 1865," but I would advise we don't confuse informed contrarianism with churlishness...

The remarkable thing about the revelation of the identity of the Watergate-era tipster known as "Deep Throat" is that nothing about the news seems particularly remarkable.

In hindsight, we should have known that Washington Post writer Bob Woodward's source for the investigative reports he and Carl Bernstein wrote about Nixon-era illegality would not be an idealist who sought to expose a corrupt presidency -- nor even a Nixon aide experiencing a rare bout of conscience. Rather, like so many of Woodward's sources over the years, W. Mark Felt was a consummate Washingtion insider playing the sort of games that consumate Washington insiders play.

Far from being someone who feared for the Republic, Felt was a zealous protégé of a man who menaced the Republic for decades, longtime Federal Bureau of Investigation director J. Edgar Hoover.

Will Ron Howard's new film Cinderella Man help deliver a KO to Bush's Social Security privatization scam? It's easy to read too much into Hollywood's influence on our politics, but this movie comes out just as it's becoming clear that, as a recent memo by Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg put it, "Social Security is a disaster for the President."

In Cinderella Man, which opens June 3, Russell Crowe plays James Braddock Jr., the contender from North Bergen, New Jersey, who breaks his hand and slides into boxing oblivion--and onto the welfare rolls--only to make the unlikeliest of comebacks at the height of the Great Depression, culminating in a June 1935 fight with Max Baer for the heavyweight championship of the world.

How does all of this affect the current debate about the future of Social Security? By depicting the beneficial effects of welfare during the Depression, the film subtly underscores the importance of preserving what was a cornerstone of the New Deal.

An interview with Peter Eisenman, architect of Berlin's new Holocaust memorial.

Wal-Mart's CEO showcases his company's hypocrisy.