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February 14, 2011 | The Nation

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February 14, 2011

Cover: Cover photo by Mike Segar/Reuters, design by Milton Glaser Incorporated

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Editorials

Was Obama’s appeal to US competitiveness just about beating the Chinese and Indians—or doing right by Americans?

Among Republicans, a civil war has broken out over defense spending.

John Nichols on Keith Olbermann, JoAnn Wypejewski on photographer Milton Rogovin

Haitians believe their vote doesn't matter—and they’re right.

We have a new cover design, by Milton Glaser and his team, and a new poetry editor, Jordan Davis.

Columns

This is what illegal abortion looks like.

Faced with bitter circumstances, we gain a lot in remembering to have fun.

Articles

Wall Street is rolling in cash again, but the rest of the city is still stuck in the Great Recession.

In California's Central Valley, the collapse of the housing bubble is causing acute misery.

The Goldstone Report is a fair-minded and disturbing document—which is precisely why the Israeli strategy since its publication has been to talk about everything except what’s in it.

As before, hypocrites are lining their coffers by pandering to ignorance and xenophobia.

Books & the Arts

Book

W.B. Yeats’s poems on Ireland contemplate failures: not of poetry but of public life in all its forms.

Mark David Chapman was carrying a copy of The Catcher in the Rye when he shot John Lennon. The murder was a collision of cultures.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the February 14, 1976, issue.