February 16, 2009 | The Nation

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February 16, 2009

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...We All Scream for Howard Dean!

Kamuela, Hawaii


Why were there no mentions of pardons before Bush boarded that helicopter to obscurity?

Molly Ivins would have loved the outcome of the November election. In a way, she saw it coming.

Will the president have the courage to allow George Mitchell to apply the lessons of his experience of high-stakes conflict resolution?

Why do people like Larry Summers, Tim Geithner and Gary Gensler keep getting the Obama administration's plum jobs?

Russ Feingold is leading the charge to close the constitutional loophole that allows governors to appoint senators.

The human cost of Bush's war: 1 million dead. 4.5 million displaced. 1 million to 2 million widows. 5 million orphans.

Katha Pollitt on Obama and global gag rule, Megan Buskey on AIDS in Iran, Corbin Hiar on elections in Ghana, Sonia Shah on scientists for human rights

Tom Geoghegan, labor lawyer, writer and activist, is running for Congress on a platform that's a model for the post-meltdown era.

The era of secrecy in government is officially over.



Of the three tax-challenged Obama appointees, only Timothy Geithner has survived. Is that luck or is there still something special about being from Wall Street?

In America's first hard-times Super Bowl, superb athletes and a thrillingly played game rose to the challenge. Maybe the country can, too.

When the government is organizing a movement to back the government in the name of progressive politics, something is seriously awry.

Abe Foxman and Bill Kristol gutlessly attack Bill Moyers and David Grossman.


There is much less to Obama's stimulus plan than meets the eye. What's he going to do about it?

One percent of the stimulus package should be spent on rehabilitating America's crumbling cultural infrastructure.

He has significantly pivoted US policy on torture. But where the president stands on warrantless wiretapping should give progressives some cause for concern.

Across the border from San Diego in Tijuana, a spontaneous urban space is taking shape off the radar of city planners, as an affluent city sheds its aging houses and its pieces are reassembled into creative dwellings for the poor.

Youth organizers have reason to hope green jobs can help change young lives.

Even without an infusion of federal dollars, green jobs are becoming a reality in cities like Newark, New Jersey.

The greening of America's power grid is a challenge to reject mega-projects in favor of local ones that harness renewable resources.

The greenest way to lift the country out of a deepening recession is to put people to work building mass transit.

It's inspiring to have a president who talks the talk on green-collar jobs. But we need megawatts, not just megawords.

Obama can ensure his recovery plan is untainted by corruption and waste by mandating controls that track where money flows and evaluate results.

America's transformation to a clean-energy economy could merge the aims of environmental protection and social justice.

Books & the Arts

The taxonomy of Russian criminal tattoos.


Angel Wagenstein and the evolution of modern Jewish storytelling.

A conversation with Nato Thompson on experimental geography, Trevor Paglen and the outlook for the arts.

Cynthia Ozick, Norman Podhoretz and Alfred Chester contribute to the education of an editor. Second of a two-part memoir.



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