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August 13, 2007 | The Nation

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August 13, 2007

Cover: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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David Corn on Fred Thompson, neocon; Tracy Tullis on saving urban rivers; Stuart Klawans reviews The Devil Came on Horseback.

Letters

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and our readers exchange views on "The Hidden War: Iraq Veterans Bear Witness" with authors Chris Hedges and Laila Al-Arian.

Editorials

Describing the recent bridge failure and steam-pipe explosion as "cowardly attacks on our way of life," Bush today opened a new front in his permanent war on everything.

Chastity advocates: Lay off the adolescents and concentrate on the vast numbers of middle-aged and elderly who aren't getting any. Make them feel good about their lifestyle choice!

Pundits speculate the US can win stability if not victory in Iraq, but beyond the philosophical Green Zone they inhabit, life becomes ever more desperate for Iraqi civilians.

A new study addressing the plight the American worker in a global economy tries to solve economic inequity through tax policy rather than systemic change. A much broader vision is required.

A veteran newsman recalls Rupert Murdoch. Despite his promises to protect editorial integrity of the Wall Street Journal, don't expect him to get a soul transplant any time soon.

Americans will spend $9.8 billion on pet healthcare this year. Why is the President so insistent that we can't provide health coverage to poor children?

From Providence to Los Angeles and even the Bronx, urban rivers that were polluted and even paved over are being restored.

We need a law to define and limit the President's claim of executive privilege, and should set a process for Congress to overcome it.

The burgeoning movement to impeach Bush and Cheney is a rational response at a time when 80 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.

The last book in J.K. Rowling's saga is marked by throwaway references to a post-9/11 world and derivative insights that never add up to a coherent moral vision.

He has a strong claim on the neoconservative heart, and if he ends up in the White House, the moribund neocons will rise again.

Economic populism is the new flavor in politics, but it won't be authentic unless it's driven by and for the people.

Columns

It's official: He's the new home run king. Will the media ever get over it?

TruthDig

Take a moment to remember the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, connecting the dots between that attack and US actions in Iraq sixty-two years later.

Howl

Stop the rejoicing about the rise in the minimum wage. Thanks to inflation, the prosperity of the working poor and the middle class is at real and rising risk.

TruthDig

What are Bush's real motives for the $63 billion Mideast arms deal to Israel, Egypt and Saudi America?

Howl

The New York Times turns a spotlight on the super-rich who veil their affluence in assertions of the good that they do. It makes Gordon Gekko's naked greed look good.

Will Rupert Murdoch's play to own and operate the Wall Street Journal have a silver lining for liberals?

Articles

Despite blistering criticism of warrantless surveillance, the Bush Administration rammed a law through Congress that authorizes spying on our calls and e-mails. How did they get away with it?

The bipartisan farm bill making its way through Congress offers real hope to feed the hungry at home and abroad and improve nutrition for poor kids. But it faces a likely presidential veto over, you guessed it, taxes.

The Nation Cruise drops its final anchor and its highly politicized passengers head for home.

Hillary filibustered them, Obama wooed them, Edwards took them seriously. Now that the Democratic establishment is paying heed, can the netroots remain true to their egalitarian roots?

It's early in the game, but his bid to unseat Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman is gaining strength.

Who's on this ship? A lot of nice, intelligent people, a few 9/11 conspiracists, a self-righteous blowhard or two and an undercover reporter for the New York Times.

Veterans for Peace in Juneau greeted the Nation cruise when it docked in their city with a rally against the war.

When an ardently progressive magazine sponsors a cruise through the fragile waters off the coast of Alaska, the environmental, economic and human realities are ripe for contemplation.

Don't buy the argument that Iraq's triumph in the Asian Cup is a miracle moment brought to you by Uncle Sam.

Who knew what kind of people would be drawn to hop a cruise ship plying the glacial waters off the coast of Alaska to talk about--politics?

How much worse a president would Rudy Giuliani be than George W. Bush? Author Kevin Baker counts the ways.

Their numbers are dwindling, they're low on money and face potential violence and certain prosecution. But Israeli anarchists continue to stand with embattled Palestinians.

In her latest shipboard dispatch, one passenger resists fear of global warming, is charmed by Rocky Anderson and manages not to do what so many others have contemplated.

Smelling blood in the unfolding Tim Donaghy scandal, some sports fans have embarked their own rabid brand of investigative journalism on--where else?--YouTube.

Charles Ferguson answers questions about his gripping new documentary that takes aim at those who took us to war in Iraq.

In the best of all possible worlds, 8-8-08 will be the luckiest of dates for China, as the Olympic Games put the country on display. Or it could become a real nightmare.

Sociologist Katherine Newman talks about the "near poor," that vast pool of workers who are neither officially destitute nor comfortably working-class.

For 10,000 grassroots organizers at the first US Social Forum in Atlanta, the orations were secular and the pulpit was political.

Democrats are poised to seize a historic opportunity to win back voters in the South and West they started losing four decades ago.

Books & the Arts

Film

Reviews of No End in Sight, The Devil Came on Horseback, The Sugar Curtain and Sunshine.

Book

Lois Gordon's new biography of Nancy Cunard brings the legendary heiress and activist back to life.

Book

The reasons for Günter Grass's silence about his membership in the Waffen SS remain safely hidden in his new memoir.

3rd Party Article

The Independent Women's Forum channels Dr. Drew to tell women on campus how to live their sex lives.

The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women was adopted in 1979...

A new generation of young, progressive Muslims break molds and forge community in America.

A new push for gang legislation ignores the economic causes of crime.