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August 19-26, 2013 | The Nation

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August 19-26, 2013

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Editorials

The citizens of one of our largest cities are being shut out of the decisions that will affect their future.

Showdowns in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City and beyond have turned out parents and teachers in droves—and revealed how out of touch education reformers really are.

His appointment as next chair of the Federal Reserve would be a clear sign that narrow financial interests are still in charge of the Democratic Party.

New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn says Anthony Weiner’s sexual behavior inspires disgust. In another era, hers would have too.

Articles

His conviction on Espionage Act charges poses grave dangers for American journalism.

How George Zimmerman’s lawyers exploited racist stereotypes to justify the fear—and killing—of black men.

Women who care for poor kids are often mothers living in poverty themselves.

Books & the Arts

Art

A painter who never lost sight of life’s being perpetually in transition.

Book

Martín Adan’s The Cardboard House; José Manuel Prieto’s Encyclopedia of a Life in Russia

Book

All wars have their bards, and Mexico’s ongoing narco wars are no exception.

Film

Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine; Sophia Coppola’s The Bling Ring; Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station

Crossword

And don’t miss Kosman and Picciotto’s crossword blog, Word Salad.