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Finally, the New York Times and Judith Miller speak, and the paper and reporter leave their readers with as many questions as answers. In Sunday's ed...

Delphi's bankruptcy is a marker of a new America in which there is no
collective security, no union to make you strong, no government to give
you shelter, in which workers stand alone.

Last week the US Senate voted overwhelmingly (90-9) to stand solidly against torture. The amendment, introduced by Senator John McCain (R-AZ), calls for prisoners and detainees to be treated according to guidelines established by the Army Field Manual. In short, it outlaws degrading and inhumane treatment of anyone in US military custody. McCain's bill, as The Nation writes this week in the magazine's lead editorial, "stands as a singular legislative attempt to corral Bush into compliance with international law and human rights standards."

Politically, McCain has played this well. The amendment was appended to the massive defense appropriations bill. Consequently, passage of the $440 billion defense budget depends on the adoption of this vital amendment. Nonetheless, President Bush has threatened to veto the entire piece of legislation in order to kill the anti-torture amendment. This despite a recent report by Human Rights Watch documenting US soldiers' accounts of abuses against detainees committed by troops of the 82nd Airborne stationed at Forward Operating Base Mercury (FOB Mercury), near Fallujah. (Click here to read, and circulate, it in full.)

For once, the Senate has done the right thing. Now, a coalition of groups, led by FaithfulAmerica.org, an online community of progressive people of faith, is calling for all Americans to ask their Senators to stand strong against the president's threatened pro-torture veto.

Votes are now being counted in the first truly free election in Liberia's troubled history. It's a far cry from the 1986 election, which dictatorial Samuel Doe fraudulently "won" by shutting down not only newspapers but entire political parties. The Reagan Administration just looked on.

Dear Karl Rove: Just in case Harriet Miers doesn't work out,
why not nominate me?

Gas-guzzling can be a revolutionary experience, like puffing
Montecristo cigars, now that Citgo's 1,800 gas stations and eight oil
refineries passed into the hands of Venezuela's national oil company.

While Rahm Emanuel sticks with a "stay-the-course" approach,
despite polls that show Americans want out of Iraq, Carl Levin becames
the latest high-level leader to make a compelling argument for

Though her style is not dramatic, Harriet Miers is definitely
enough of a fanatic to sit on the Bush Supreme Court.

A new report by Democratic strategists urges the party to aim
toward the center. But what meaningful difference will that make?


It's easy to scoff at a rock star like Bono pairing up with
economist Jeffrey Sachs. But their tireless lobbying for debt relief
for the poorest nations could make a real difference for the 1 billion
people who live on less than a dollar a day.

Companies like Boeing, Dell and Daimler-Chrysler know how to extort
tax cuts and subsidies from states eager to keep jobs from fleeing. But
taxpayers, community groups and even a Supreme Court review are pushing
back on corporate giveaways.

Fitful efforts to rebuild the Gulf Coast unfold against a backdrop
of looming economic disaster: rising unemployment and interest rates,
misplaced priorities and a recession that will hurt the weakest most.

War crimes are the darkest expression of the moral degradation that
permeates the White House. Bush's threat to veto the Senate's
anti-torture measure frames a crisis of law and legitimacy.

"People power" in the Philippines is running out of steam. The
political system is corrupt, Washington is micro-managing the economy
and civil society, cynicism is rampant. But a fledgling "New Left" offers

How can the left build a new majority? EMILY's List has a big piece
of the answer.

Once seen as the vehicle of hope and reform, California Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger looks increasingly like an oil-burning jalopy of

Student protests against the presence of military recruiters on campus
are on the rise. So are angry--sometimes violent--pushbacks from
conservative students and campus police.

Young Republican activists on campus love George
W. Bush and zealously support the war. But are they willing to fight?
Not really.


Camarillo, Calif.

Your October 3 cover almost made me feel sorry for George W.
Bush. Now cut that out!

Chronicling the final, devastating months of the Civil War, E.L.
Doctorow's new novel, The March, reveals the author's complex
love for an earlier version of America.

In Andrew Jackson: A Life and Times, the frontier president
is cast as a one-man beacon for democracy. But Jackson's core belief
was a fervent defense of land.

The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln
expertly balances the roots of a political revolution: the impact of a
few key leaders and the lives and aspirations of ordinary citizens
engaging with the government for the first time.

As I noted previously, it has been interesting to watch Karl Rove's defense evol...