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December 6, 2010 | The Nation

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December 6, 2010

Cover: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Gary Younge on the Tea Party in Nevada, Robin Broad and John Cavanagh on Walden Bello and Calvin Trillin on the new House speaker

Editorials

Washington should be in a tizzy over the jobs crisis. Instead, the establishment's going ballistic over a problem that's been blown way out of proportion.

The Fed will purchase a massive number of Treasury bonds. That should prevent deflation—but it won't do enough for consumers.

Liliana Segura on the death penalty in Texas, John Nichols on ranked-choice voting in Oakland and Carmina Ocampo on access to public universities for undocumented immigrants in California

What's so bad about big-ticket philanthropy? Nothing—except that it lets the wealthy decide how to spend money that would be the Treasury's.

Columns

Obama's mistakes in office are nowhere near the whole story. The rest of us must shoulder our share of the blame, too.

Its partisans may be in search of political purpose, but that shouldn't make liberals complacent.

Articles

With callous austerity measures, New Jersey's Chris Christie has made himself a contender.

Pakistan's ISI served as an arbiter in the Taliban dispute over the New York Times reporter's kidnapping.

For years, Walden Bello fought the Marcos dictatorship. Now he's a member of Congress.

Books & the Arts

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In Bloodlands Timothy Snyder attempts to link the Holocaust to a syndrome of political killing endorsed by Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

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Justice William Brennan's watchword was human dignity, and to protect it he interpreted individual rights expansively.

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Poisoning the Press tells the tale of Jack Anderson's fall from muckraking hero to blustering pundit.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the December 6, 1975, issue.