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April 12, 2010 | The Nation

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April 12, 2010

Cover: Cover illustration by Drew Friedman, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Robert Dreyfuss on Iraq's elections, Ruth Scurr on the yellow press, and Calvin Trillin on the news of the day

 

Editorials

 Despite signs that Iraqis are disenchanted with sectarian politics, the electorate's votes still broke sharply along communal lines.

 Current proposals for immigration reform might fall short, but massive protest turnout breathed new life into a movement that had fallen by the wayside.

It's time for Obama to confront Netanyahu's intransigence directly.

John Nichols on the public option, remixed; Frederick Deknatel on sanctioning Arab satellite providers; Clarissa A. Leon on resisting the Texas Board of Ed.

Articles

The Secretary of Labor has hired a crew of smart and savvy deputies to enforce the nation's labor laws.

 If there was ever a time for a serious "conspiracy" on behalf of the poor, this is it.

How Glenn Beck & Co. trumped up a vast left-wing conspiracy: the "Cloward-Piven strategy."

Books & the Arts

Book

As our own yellow press goes from strength to strength, what can the history of slander and libel teach us?

Book

Gary Wills's Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State; Elizabeth Arnold's Effacement.

Book

A rock bottom, a bottom line, a body in extremis all make the poems of Graham Foust quaver and reel.

Book

The Latin American utopia has disappeared, says novelist and crackero Jorge Volpi, and he displays little nostalgia for it.