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February 11, 2013 | The Nation

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February 11, 2013

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Letters

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Editorials

In his second inaugural address, the president stood for collective action, solidarity, social justice. Now let’s make him act on it.

The Justice Department has been ruthless in targeting those who bring hidden information into the public realm. 

Robert Dreyfuss on peace and the inaugural address, Dan Wakefield on inaugural poet Richard Blanco, James Cersonsky and Alec Luhn on student movements, the editors on Jeremy Scahill’s Dirty Wars and John Palattella on William Deresiewicz’s Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

Left undiscussed in the FTC’s investigation is the search giant’s ability to limit what we all read.  

Columns

Andrew Sullivan garners much attention for his bold moves as a blogger. But what about the quality of his judgments?

President Obama’s symbolic recognition of minorities isn’t a substitute for policy, but it does matter.

Articles

There are many measures the president could take to restore civil liberties—if he wanted to.

From Cuba to climate change to criminal justice, progressives must push the president to act—and forge a better future.

Nation readers provided good ideas—and a bit of wariness—when asked how Obamas should use his presidential authority.

Life on San Francisco’s streets for women over 50 is filled with hardships, small and large.

Books & the Arts

Music

Every musical note has life in it. For six decades the composer Elliott Carter imagined that life precisely.

Book

Shawn Francis Peters’s The Catonsville Nine.

Art

How working in hotels led Henri Matisse and Ian Wallace to rediscover the intoxicating purity of light.

Film

Moussa Touré’s La Pirogue, Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad

Crossword

And don’t miss Kosman and Picciotto’s crossword blog, Word Salad.