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April 30, 2012 | The Nation

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April 30, 2012

Cover: Cover photo by Reuters/Carlo Allegri, design by Milton Glaser Incorporated

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Juan Cole on covert ops in US foreign policy, Lee Siegel on Death of a Salesman and five poems by Adrienne Rich

Letters

Feedback on the April 2 Occupy USA issue and Barbara Ehrenreich’s “Rediscovering Poverty.”

Editorials

It is a painfully awkward dance for a party more accustomed to trampling on women’s rights.

A GOP win in November would move the most conservative bench in history even further to the right.

George Zornick scrutinizes Obama’s stance on campaign finance reform, Laura Bolt reports on the Supreme Court’s strip-search ruling and the editors congratulate John Nichols on winning the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

The Supreme Court—as well as the Obama administration—upholds the right of the world’s biggest jailer to strip everyone who comes into its grasp.

Columns

If their fortunes are ever to revive, liberals must find a way to recapture FDR’s militant and optimistic spirit.

As in a Rorschach test, people see in him what they want to see. Why don’t we look at his record?

Articles

He began his career singing about cars and girls before moving on to empty factories and abandoned quarries—and now, with Wrecking Ball, the depredations of Wall Street.

It’s now the only governing institution that understands the depths of the economic crisis.

A new campaign unites caregivers and care-receivers with a revolutionary vision.

Covert operations have now assumed a dominant—and destructive—role in US foreign policy.

Death of a Salesman speaks to our time on the failure of competitive capitalism.

Books & the Arts

Book

Geoffrey Brock’s anthology of twentieth-century Italian poetry offers the risk of a counter-eloquence.

Poem

Adrienne Rich, 1929–2012

Book

Norman Davies’s Vanished Kingdoms.

Book

Varamo is the latest novel-in-translation from Argentina’s slipperiest living writer.

Crossword

Keep up with Kosman and Picciotto’s crossword blog, Word Salad.