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Winning a war or two goes a long way toward redefining a man.

As the cable news networks enthusiastically covered George W. Bush's trip to the USS <...

The Nation announces the winners of Discovery/The Nation, the
Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prize of the Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd
Street Y.

International cinema has an irresistible new pair of reprobates:
middle-aged brothers who can do no right in their lives and no wrong
before the camera.

Nina Simone, who died at the age of 70 in late April at her home in the
south of France, was the Pasionaria of American song in the civil rights
era.

I didn't have to wait long for Ziad, the plumber, to come to my house.
It had been a year since the current Palestinian intifada broke out in
September 2000, and unemployment was at record leve

This essay is excerpted from E.L. Doctorow's new book, Reporting
the Universe
(Harvard).

Freshly unearthed documents may force the AFL-CIO to face up to past betrayals.

How the Bush regime is effecting the transformation to a fascist-like state.

Now that the regime of Saddam Hussein has been overthrown, the Bush
Administration, like a submarine that, having successfully sunk one
ship, resurfaces its periscope to find others, is looking

One of the many casualties of our national obsession with the war on
Iraq is the emerging crisis of America's public colleges and
universities.

So it looks like Rick Santorum won't go the way of Trent Lott.

It was the best of wars. It was the worst of wars. But did the war in
Iraq change anyone's mind?

The latest crisis with North Korea appears to be about the North finally
declaring that it has the bomb, but in fact it is about the Bush
Administration's inability to hide or control sharp int

With the close of the Iraq war--at least its first phase--the Bush
Administration has another opportunity to seek a lasting solution to the
Israel-Palestine conflict and to mend relations with

Compare the following two statements currently floating 'round the
blogosphere:

Tom Friedman doesn't care if the United States ever finds weapons of
mass destruction in Iraq.

About a month ago, George Soros sent me a letter along with a copy of a recent speech he'd delivered offering his views on "America's Role in the World." (I'm sure I was one of thousands to get the mailing.) Soros wrote that he was looking for a presidential candidate "who could articulate an alternative vision for America's role in the world and so far I have found two, Governor Howard Dean of Vermont and Senator John Kerry."

I thought of Soros' letter after reading that Kerry's campaign had blasted Dean's credentials as potential commander in chief. As Kerry's communications director, Chris Lehane, put it in attacking the former Vermont Governor's comment: "No serious candidate for the presidency has ever before suggested that he would compromise or tolerate an erosion of America's military supremacy." But who's talking about eroding US military supremacy? (Maybe Kerry went on the attack because he is stung from being derided for "looking French," by an unidentified White House official.)

It turns out that the former Vermont governor was quoted on Time.com as saying something eminently reasonable: "We have to take a different approach [to diplomacy]. We won't always have the strongest military." Some might consider this an alternative vision. I think it's just common sense. Dean's campaign manager, Joe Trippi, said all his candidate was saying was that Bush's foreign policy will ultimately leave the nation less safe in the war against terrorism by relying too heavily on military force at the expense of diplomacy.

So maybe we will find them yet,
Well stashed away in some place clever.
Or were they just destroyed in March?

Or never there at all? Whatever.

OR, 'THE GUILTY AGE'?

Skokie, Ill.

By focusing only on the worst-case scenarios regarding the spread
of SARS, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease
Control are trying to control the populace through fear.

Forget truth. That is the message from our government and its apologists in the media who insist that the Iraq invasion is a great success story even though it was based on a lie.