Eyal Press is a Nation contributing writer and the author of Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City, and the Conflict That Divided America (Picador). He is a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation.
Israel's war with Hezbollah may have strengthened the hand of the
Israeli right, which has forgotten that peace comes only by negotiating
with those you do not trust.
Is the coziness of progressives and foreign policy realists a strategic alliance or a sign that the conservative co-optation of "human rights" has disillusioned the left?
Montana is setting the stage for other states in its push to improve
legal representation for the poor and to address the lack of competent
House Republicans rammed through a budget bill in December that cuts $40 billion from domestic programs. Is there anyone of conscience in the Senate to defeat this?
The GOP is an object of popular loathing, yet prospects seem dim for ousting it from power. Three new books explain why: Off Center explores the GOP's genius for subverting the mechanisms of accountability, and Death by a Thousand Cuts and Stand Up Fight Back examine how the Republican machine dominates issues from tax cuts to energy conservation. Plus, the Clinton biography The Survivor looks at the man who once made liberals feel like winners, yet whose legacy holds them back.
Samuel Alito once boasted he was a member of Concerned Alumni of
Princeton, which opposed bemoaned the impact of co-education and
affirmative action. What does this say about his character and the kind
of place he would like America to be?
As the site of a trial on including intelligent design in biology
textbooks, Dover, Pennsylvania, is a focal point of a national debate
on science and religion. But a look at the town and its residents show
that the battle may not be so clearly defined.
Bush's lavish subsidies and reckless attempts to export democracy
through the barrel of a gun violate conservative principles. Republican
realists are finally catching on.
It took a Gulf Coast hurricane to make Americans aware
of the poverty in their own backyard. Now it's time for public policies
that end racial segregation, so that the poor in this country will not
continue to suffer.
Not being "middle class," the poor have been invisible in this campaign.