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April 9, 2012 | The Nation

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April 9, 2012

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Editorials

To its shame, the Obama administration continues to defend its role in the case of a jailed Yemeni journalist.

A former ACLU attorney points out that corporate spending on political campaigns is not “free speech” deserving First Amendment protection.

Our car-dependent, suburban, homeowner culture is no longer affordable. An exhibit at MoMA examines what to do about it.

Columns

Here’s why you should make a major gift to an abortion fund.

Today's “right to life” rhetoric is a bizarre cross between the theological imperative to be fruitful and multiply and the fetishism of microbiological cellular promise.

Articles

As the 2012 elections approach, renewed faith will be critical to combating Republicans’ slash-and-burn rhetoric.

History shows that regulation of industries--from meat to pharmaceuticals--has not only protected us, but has provided economic benefits. So why is it demonized?

Bringing social justice to scale means using those institutions that can set and enforce equity standards on race, gender, sexuality, and more.

From mass incarceration to Hurricane Katrina, the federal government has failed communities of color. So why do black Americans trust it more than whites?

No one who has succeeded in America actually did it on his or her own.

With the 2012 elections projected to be the priciest ever, we must rein in the billions of influence-peddling dollars flowing toward Washington.

Perpetuating the idea that the government can’t do its job is but a half-step away from excusing the government when it fails us.

Research exaggerating the costs of social safety nets has been used for decades to launch unwarranted claims against government programs.

Dozens of proposed laws might reduce the power of money and mischief in the political process. But will they help to restore confidence in government?

Finding the right “frame” will not magically change people’s attitudes about government. We must speaks to--and act on--our common goals.

By giving people a direct voice in shaping regulations, we can make agencies more responsive and accountable, and give citizens a direct stake in policy-making.

The federal government has the unique ability, and thus responsibility, to set baselines for citizenship, economic security and market rules.

Books & the Arts

The Czech playwright's enduring ideas about politics, truth and human nature.

Book

The true economic legacy of the Reagan years is not tax cuts but union busting.

Crossword

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