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August 17, 2009 Issue

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

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  • Editorials

    Statement on Missing US Hikers

    Three Americans, including Shane Bauer, a contributor to The Nation, went missing while on a hiking trip in Iraqi Kurdistan and are presumed to be detained by Iranian authorities. A fourth member of their party provides insight into their trip here.

    Shon Meckfessel

  • A Rancid Deal with Big Pharma

    Did Obama sell out? If House Democrats don't insist on the government's prerogative to bargain for lower prices, reform is impossible.

    William Greider

  • Hiroshima Day

    The official secrecy and deceptions about our nuclear weapons posture and policies and their possible consequences have threatened the survival of the human species.

    Daniel Ellsberg

  • How to Talk to Wall Street (If You Must)

    Obama shouldn't tone down his rhetoric on contentious subjects like racial profiling and executive bonuses. In fact he should emulate politicians of the past who often went off script with stirring results.

    Richard Lingeman

  • Bend It Like Obama?

    With healthcare reform, the White House has transformed an intimate issue into a technical argument about long-term actuarial projections.

    Christopher Hayes

  • The Story of a Fixer

    A haunting documentary shines a light on the foreign "fixers" who work behind the scenes with reporters to determine how the story of war gets told.

    the Editors

  • Noted.

    Prison-based gerrymandering; a college journalist's big scoop about Bill Clinton; our day in court

    the Editors

  • Dire States

    Banks and financial institutions were never "too big to fail." State and local governments are.

    John Nichols

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