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April 23, 2012 | The Nation

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April 23, 2012

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David Cole on Obamacare, Alexander Cockburn on unlivable wages, and Tristram Wolff on Jenny Erpenbeck.

Editorials

The Congressional Progressive Caucus and Senator Tom Harkin offer smart alternatives to the GOP's extremist agenda.

Court watchers are pronouncing the death of healthcare reform. But a closer look at Justice Kennedy's questions suggests there's hope yet.

John Nichols on a new anti-ALEC coalition, Jeremy Scahill on WikiLeaks, Syria and Libya, Liliana Segura on The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, Ebtihal Mubarak on Saudi political prisoners.

State taxpayers have thrown away millions on shoddy facilities--and legislators think the solution is to bar them from oversight.

Columns

Instead of making vague promises to create high-paying jobs, the government should increase wages for the jobs that actually exist.

Katniss Everdeen is a new kind of pop heroine. No boy-crazy shopaholic, she's a complex character on a quest of her own.

Articles

Progressives adore her. Conservatives despise her. But it's Massachusetts' fickle independents who'll decide her high-stakes showdown with Scott Brown.

A war on Iran to stop its nuclear program would bring on a proliferation catastrophe.

Books & the Arts

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A nineteenth-century feminist's exceptional life.

Art

Opposites collapse in the work of the Shaman-Showman of contemporary Italian art.

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A young German novelist explores the logic of powerlessness.

Crossword

Don’t miss Kosman and Picciotto’s new crossword blog, Word Salad.