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August 27, 2007 | The Nation

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August 27, 2007

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Ari Berman looks at Hillary and labor, Moshik Temkin remembers Sacco and Vanzetti, Daniel Lazare considers prison reform.

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Editorials

The victims of the housing market's collapse are crippling an unjust economic system.

If it had followed the rule of law from the outset, the Bush Administration could have brought many terrorists to justice by now.

History sheds no new light on their guilt or innocence. But it does make clear that their trial and execution was an unjust and intolerable act of barbarism.

As he shapes the Senate farm bill, Tom Harkin should heed progressives and forge legislation that ends subsidies and gives a fair shake to family farmers.

The Congressional overhaul of federal student aid is a good first step, but true reform of the system will require an effort on the scale of the GI Bill.

The Minneapolis bridge collapse should prod all presidential candidates, especially Democrats, to come up with real plans to fix our crumbling infrastructure.

Columns

TruthDig

The parade of political tourists to Iraq in recent weeks suggests that this murderous adventure will continue well into the next presidency.

Howl

In an effort to bolster the surge and tamp down violence in Iraq, the US military is buying off insurgents. But what happens if they don't stay bought?

TruthDig

What in the world was Clinton thinking when she attacked Obama for pledging not to use nuclear weapons in the hunt for Osama bin Laden?

Congress bows to Bush and passes a law that allows blanket data-mining of all phone calls or e-mail by anyone, anywhere.

Music

Michael Ignatieff apologizes for being wrong on Iraq. If only mainstream media acknowledged all the people who were right.

Are we better off or worse since the Democrats won back Congress?

The Corn Belt looks askance at a highly disagreeable field of GOP contenders.

Articles

A federal judge in San Francisco has put on hold new Homeland Security regulations designed to crack down on illegal immigrants in the workplace.

A student movement influenced by Hannah Arendt is emerging in Venezuela. What do they think of the Bolivarian Revolution?

France's new president has launched an assault on the welfare state.

The cost of deploying a soldier, the number of bullets fired for each insurgent killed, the percentage of Iraqi babies born underweight. A portrait-by-numbers of the Iraq catastrophe.

The institutional neglect that brought Minnesota's Republicans into power has led to tragedy and scandal.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans's ruling class is demolishing public housing to make way for private businesses and expensive condos.

What do the Democratic presidential candidates talk about when they talk about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues?

Senator Clinton has a pro-worker voting record. So why are unionists skeptical?

The lovelorn, fragile women the media once revered have given way to skank posses of the skinny, the slutty and the overindulged.

The NAFTA Superhighway is a total myth. But the private Trans-Texas Corridor is all too real, foretelling a future America in which globalism and crony capitalism eclipse government as the provider of public services.

Books & the Arts

Film

Reviews of The Bourne Ultimatum and The Simpsons Movie.

Book

Two writers explore the perversion of our collective imagination and the ways that science and myth shape our understanding of spirituality.

Poetry

A sanction gone awry
was my portion to cultivate

Giveth and taketh away

This is how adaptation occurs
A perpetual recycling

Book

How did the American criminal justice system go so wrong?

3rd Party Article

A new book looks at political expression from a global perspective.

Internet radio recently received another brief reprieve from excessive royalties. But will the booming medium ever be the same again?