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August 16/23, 2010 | The Nation

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August 16/23, 2010

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John Nichols on Colorado's Democratic Senate primary, Patricia J. Williams on lessons from the Shirley Sherrod saga, and a poem by Matthew Gagnon

Editorials

WikiLeaks' release of 92,000 classified military documents reveals that the war in Afghanistan is in even worse shape than we suspected.

Katrina vanden Heuvel on the passing of Iris Dornfeld McWilliams; Rajeshree Sisodia on new accountability for energy firms.

The Shirley Sherrod saga reveals just how entrenched the myth of reverse racism is.

Populist challenger Andrew Romanoff would ordinarily be expected to win Colorado's US Senate Democratic primary. But incumbent Michael Bennet is backed by an overflowing campaign war chest—and an endorsement by Barack Obama.

Columns

The gaffe-prone BP exec's wishes are coming true.

Have we learned the right lessons from the mistreatment of Shirley Sherrod?

Andrew Breitbart's schtick should be familiar by now. The same techniques used to defame Shirley Sherrod and discredit the NAACP were employed to destroy ACORN.

Articles

He'll probably fend off J.D. Hayworth, but in order to win he's lost most of his principles.

Nine reasons Democrats should embrace immigration reform this year.

From climate change to deforestation, FAIR is pushing xenophobia as good eco-politics.

Senator Lindsey Graham is the latest to join the assault on birthright citizenship, announcing that he may introduce a constitutional amendment banning automatic citizenship to the children of immigrants who "come here to drop a child." But his argument rests on a total fallacy.

Soldiers involved in the "Collateral Murder" video have come forward to tell their story.

Will the Nixon Library actually portray Watergate accurately?

MoveOn.org is leading a coalition of advocacy groups to overturn the Supreme Court decision.

Books & the Arts

Book

The double book-keeping of Christopher Hitchens.

Book

Franklin Roosevelt v. the Supreme Court.

Book

In the stories of Deborah Eisenberg, life keeps piling up, unsolved and unsolvable.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the August 30, 1975, issue