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December 29, 2008 | The Nation

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December 29, 2008

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Letters


Colorblind?

New York City

Editorials

Obama's choice to give the invocation at his inauguration is a slap at progressives and a bow to the religious right.

They respect science. But will Obama's team show the necessary spine to cut greenhouse gases and resist "clean coal" and nuclear power propaganda?

The plight of striking electrical workers underscores the flaws in Paulson's bailout--and tests Obama's mettle.

His death is like the closing of an archive of what was best in America.

Deconstructing Russia coverage on the Washington Post editorial page.

School reform could take on new meaning if Obama's secretary of education is actually an educator.

Will Democrats have the courage to disable the filibuster rule?

Eric Foner on Dorothy Sterling, Brett Story on Canadian politics, John Nichols on senator selections

If the economy continues to deteriorate, the poor won't just always be with us--they'll be us.

Columns

The path to the White House shouldn't be easier than the path to coach college football at Oregon State.

Howl

The $50 billion fraud is bad enough. But the disgraced trader has done even more serious damage. He's destroyed trust in our financial system.

TruthDig

The loathing that led an Iraqi to hurl shoes at Bush serves as the world's final verdict on US folly in Iraq. It's also a caution for Obama as he ponders Afghanistan.

Howl

In the auto industry's latest trial by fire, Senate Republicans lit the match--and what's left of the economy could go down in flames.

Howl

College endowments and workers bear the brunt of hedge fund managers' gambles and private equity takeovers.

Once again, the MSM is casting Americans as far less liberal than they actually are.

If the American Dream is a form of worship, we need new totems to fit new and troubled times.

Articles

This essay, a finalist in The Nation's Student Writing Contest, argues that the best presidents are humble, open to new options and eager to learn.

This essay, a finalist in The Nation's Student Writing Contest, argues that the new president needs to take definitive action toward eliminating student debt.

After the primary players in the Bush administration leave office, will they be held accountable for war crimes?

A troubled UN-backed court seeks retribution from tottering Khmer Rouge leaders for crimes against humanity; Cambodians wonder if the costly legal exercise is worth it.

This essay, a finalist in The Nation's Student Writing Contest, argues that the success of the new President will depend on his ability to initiate a transition from postindustrial society to a new era of civilization.

This essay, a finalist in The Nation's Student Writing Contest, argues that health care should be considered an inalienable right on par with any other Constitutional protection.

This essay, a finalist in The Nation's Student Writing Contest, argues that care for the sick is the full responsibility of the government.

This essay, a finalist in The Nation's Student Writing Contest, argues that the most important prerequisite for being a good president cannot be found in the marble hallways of the nation's elite institutions.

Two colleagues remember Ron Carey, the reformer and Teamsters Union president, who weathered controversy and won battles on his own terms.

If you want cleaner air and water and less poverty, Juan Reynosa, a community organizer with New Mexico Youth Organized, thinks you should consider environmental justice work.

This essay, the high school winner of The Nation's Student Writing Contest, argues that until inequities in education are eliminated, a permanent underclass will continue to exist.

This essay, a finalist in The Nation's Student Writing Contest, argues that the new president should restore workers' rights ASAP.

This essay, the college winner of The Nation's Student Writing Contest, argues for a federal oversight panel to overhaul the treatment of those in foster care.

After three years of exploiting a divided left, Canada's Conservative prime minister is fighting for his political life. A progressive proposal to establish a coalition government has sparked a historic battle for public opinion.

Republicans are trying to roll back the clock on campaign finance limits. Haven't they been paying attention?

Will Obama change US Africa policy?

Rape destroyed the social fabric of Congo. Women are trying to repair it.

We get it. He's pragmatic. But what does that mean--politically and philosophically?

Books & the Arts

Art

An anecdotal history of New York City street art.

Book

There's more slang than dictionaries can capture, but two new lexicons speak volumes on the riches of language.

The director of the Studio Museum in Harlem talks about gentrification, MFA burnouts and how artworks speak to us.

Book

Was Patty Hearst really a rebel in search of a cause?

Book

Two new books uncover the colonial origins and musical roots of New Orleans.

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