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February 13, 2012 | The Nation

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February 13, 2012

Cover: Cover photo by Eduardo Luzzatti Buyé, design by Milton Glaser Incorporated

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Ilyse Hogue on Citizens United, Calvin Trillin on Newt’s resurrection, and a poem by James Longenbach

Letters

The dole, relief, welfare, safety net…; spying on Eleanor Roosevelt; pipeline whack-a-mole

Editorials

But Washington won't follow through unless the grassroots insurgency of Wisconsin and Occupy grows.

A week full of progressive victories—SOPA, Keystone and Wisconsin recall efforts—bring great reminders about the long game of organizing.

George Zornick on Keystone pipeline politics, Liliana Segura on Alabama’s death row “mailroom mix-up,” Daniel Denvir on Pennsylvania’s fracking fights, Dave Zirin on Muhammad Ali at 70

What does democracy look like? Try a grassroots campaign organized by ordinary citizens to recall their union-busting governor.

Congratulations to the winners of The Nation's sixth annual Student Writing Contest.

Columns

In today’s media climate, it’s much easier to smear critics of the push for war on Iran as “anti-Semites” than to deal honestly with the facts.

The populism of the right is coalescing around the race-bating extremism of Newt Gingrich—and Citizens United is greasing the wheels.

Articles

Zuccotti Park was not my first occupation. But it showed me the need to live up to our values.

A Q&A with Frank Bardacke, whose new book Trampling Out the Vintage complicates the legend and legacy of Cesar Chavez.

These ten leaders are using their wealth of knowledge to attack a root cause of social dysfunction.
 

A progressive labor slate has won a historic legislative victory, overturning the traditional Democratic machine.

Books & the Arts

Book

Obama and America's hundred-year struggle over healthcare reform.

The Complete Jean Vigo, Travis Wilkerson’s An Injury to One.

Book

There’s more to American nonprofits than the success of wealthy donors and their large foundations.