August 3, 2009 | The Nation

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August 3, 2009

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College? Not Unless You're Rich

Marble, Colo.


The future of progressive politics and the nature of the American social contract, not to mention the lives and health of millions of our fellow citizens, are up for grabs.

Can the United States turn its back on its own "little house of horrors"?

The tumultuous American Century in the lives of a father and son.

President Obama brought the house down at the NAACP centennial celebration with yet another stirring speech on race. But if his deeds don't begin to match his words, he's going to have a lot of explaining to do.

Since 1940, Democrats have had far greater success creating jobs than Republicans.

Learn the best bathroom options and soup kitchen schedules, carry a blanket, squat and more.

Advocacy groups have helped to keep the public option on the negotiating table, but it may not remain in the final bill.

GOOD MEDICINE: "When you're face to face with a patient, you
can't worry about the fact that they can't pay," says Dr.

To prevent catastrophic climate change, wealthy nations must pony up on emissions cuts and subsidies to the developing world.

If the vice president ordered the CIA to deceive Congress, he broke the law--and must be held accountable.



The Marxists bankers of Beijing are worried about their assets invested in our banana republic.

Public relations is the real reason behind right-wing NFL owners' reluctance to give "ex-con" quarterback Michael Vick a second chance.


The news that Congress might terminate production of topline fighter jets comes as a considerable victory for President Obama and Defense Secretary Gates.

Why the absence of African-American baseball players matters.


We could bash divorce forever, but what's the point? Even Jesus can't keep unhappy spouses together.

Obama's speech in Ghana neglected to mention structural barriers to African prosperity.


Honduras's deposed president, Manuel Zelaya, camps out at the border while the military detains hundreds of protesters. Meanwhile, in an echo of the cold war, several political activists have been killed or disappeared in the past month.

Paranoia over the Pashtuns along the Afghan border isn't unique to Washington, just to empire. The British had a case of it 100 years ago.

In an exclusive interview with The Nation, Sen. Russ Feingold defends his lone vote to oppose the latest amendment to the Defense Authorization bill.

A top candidate to replace the ailing Khamenei is both a clerical traditionalist and a modernizer.

The private security company, facing charges in a US court for killing and injuring Iraqis, is attempting to silence its victims and their lawyers.

Mass transit fares are going up and services are being cut. Meanwhile, federal stimulus money favors new projects over maintaining existing systems.

On her first trip to India, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got some promises and some pushback on climate change and nuclear weapons.

In naming Phil Angelides as chair of the new Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Congress has picked an aggressive, visionary reformer.

Newly implemented reforms don't do enough to reverse a massive increase in the frisking of minority youths in the Los Angeles community.

Last month the Israeli Navy seized a boat attempting to deliver
humanitarian aid to blockaded Gaza and arrested its passengers,
and received little international criticism.

The new film The Fixer, featuring The Nation's Christian Parenti, captures some edgy, fearful truths about the war in Afghanistan.

The former secretary of defense presided over the deaths of millions--and was one of the only officials to express regret.

Obama wants to repeal many strictures on legal services funding. But more needs to be done.

Obama promised to reverse the most egregious aspects of Bush's faith-based policies. So why is he extending them?

Mexico's troubles illustrate the destructive effects of NAFTA's neoliberal economics.

How to fix the Federal Reserve.

Books & the Arts


Rising to the dare of Martial Solal's mischievous piano playing.

Helen Levitt's idiosyncratic photographs.


The mutating tensions and alliances of postoccupation Haiti.


A new collection of C.P. Cavafy's beautiful, musical poems.



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