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December 19, 2011 | The Nation

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December 19, 2011

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Alexander Cockburn on the Eurozone meltdown, Paul Krassner on Ken Kesey, and Jim Sleeper on Randall Kennedy.

Letters

Occupy Wall Street, NPR, debt “forgiveness,“ George Kennan

Editorials

Gingrich, the champion of child labor, has risen to the top of a GOP field so extreme it would scare Goldwater and Reagan.

Clint Eastwood's cinematic exploration of the FBI chief's rise to power is little more than a comforting myth.

John Nichols on Barney Frank’s last year, Josh Eidelson on the never-ending foreclosure crisis, the editors on Tom Wicker’s passing

Columns

The sooner Eurocrats dispense with their calls for more economic centralization, the better off we’ll all be.

The president must decide what is more important: pandering to the Catholic hierarchy or protecting women's health.

Articles

Will the new president's mega-million-dollar makeover of the main library scare off scholars and leave the branches begging?

How the Texas governor launched an assault on Planned Parenthood and women’s health.

Memories of a journey that was more than a trip.

Books & the Arts

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The Stranger's Child traces the vanishing of same-sex love through suppression and then, paradoxically, acceptance and openness.

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Gitmo in the present millennium is no departure at all from the American tradition in Guantánamo Bay.

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Randall Kennedy is fascinated by a paradox: the color line's persistence and its seeming implosion.