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A trio of film reviews: Wall, Tony Takitani and Red Eye.

Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men seems designed as a calculated assault on the reader.

Two recent books on Tom Paine and on the unruly birth of US democracy reveal that liberal historians have become believers in the 'radicalism' of the American Revolution.

His bestselling The Purpose-Driven Life has made him a superstar, but is mega-pastor Rick Warren's true purpose strictly political?

Two political lines could be better than one: Consider the successful tactics of the Working Families Party.

Counter-recruitment projects are mobilizing to push back on the growing militarization of America's schools. Here's a list of resources.

Military recruiters are targeting the nation's high schools and junior highs, seeking an early harvest of soldiers-to-be. Is your child next?

A midsummer nightmare of the shiny-eyed zealots who would protect us from terror. Plus, summer reading for the President.

The true and patriotic purpose of presidential loafing revealed.

A dozen Democrats are feeling timid about opposing Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr., while a score of unions and grassroots organizations are showing muscle against CAFTA.

IRAQ RECKONING

That brief explosion in Gdansk of civic participation and political innovation contains secrets and gems of political ideals that can be achieved.

In the new issue of The Nation, Karen Houppert investigates how the US military has gone beyond trying to recruit tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders and is now actively chasing children as young as eleven years old. Growing desperate amid repeated failures to meet recruitment quotas and empowered by provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, military recruiters are working the schools like never before.

Houppert shows how many parents are increasingly resisting these efforts. "A lot of people are concerned," she quotes one Los Angeles parent as saying, "but don't know what to do about it." But now there's a new coalition designed to aid parents--and all concerned citizens--alarmed by the military's increasingly predatory efforts to woo teenagers into the armed forces.

Spearheaded by Working Assets, Mainstream Moms and ACORN, the Leave My Child Alone coalition is trying to raise awareness of the military's often stealthy recruiting ploys and make sure that all parents know that the Pentagon has established a database with the names of 30 million 16 to 25 year olds as a recruitment tool and that their children can opt out of their school's military recruitment lists and the Pentagon's database.

Disengagement represents a dangerous step backward in the struggle to find a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians and leaves many core issues unresolved.

There is no possible strategy to win in Iraq. Now is the time for activists to reach out to the families of soldiers in Iraq who may feel betrayed.

BAREFOOT & PREGNANT

Redding, Conn.

The so-called liberal New York Times bashed Bill Clinton every chance it got, and whitewashes Ed Meese. Go figure.

Our reporter visits a "a magickal, psychedelic & multi-cultural"
forest outing and asks, Are New Age, Old Religion believers an
endangered species in Born Again America?

Often, when an executive faces lingering questions about his skills, he works extra hard to make sure that every "i" is dotted and every "t" is crossed.

Not so George W. Bush.

Indeed, if the "CEO of the USA" who is currently enjoying a five-week sojourn at his ranch in Texas keeps vacationing at the same rate, he will have spent the better part of two years of his presidency away from work.

George W. Bush sure knows a lot more than the experts. He believes intelligent design is a scientific theory on par with evolution--even though his science ...

The jailed reporter doesn't understand that a free press depends on the ability of reporters to protect honest witnesses--not to coddle government officials.

Ordinary Israelis have run out of tears for the former settlers of Gaza and an outbreak of political sanity may be at hand.

There is something profoundly disturbing about the fact that the Commander in Chief is in better shape than his Army, that he has time to ride his bike around his ranch for hours while the wheels are coming off the war in Iraq, that he had time to attend fundraisers but not to meet Cindy Sheehan.

Bush's disengagement from reality is reaching the freakish level. In America, Republicans are abandoning his war as they face re-election in '06. Chuck Hagel compared Iraq to Vietnam. More than 60 percent of Americans think the invasion was a mistake, and we are not winning. And now the first Democratic senator, Russell Feingold, has broken ranks and called for a timeline for withdrawal.

In Iraq, Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds are seriously debating if they really want to be a unified country, whether women will be treated as equal citizens and how much Islamic theocracy to put into the constitution. Outside the Green Zone, the Shiite militias are arming themselves for civil war, while American soldiers are dying at a faster and faster clip.