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February 18, 2008 | The Nation

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February 18, 2008

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The Editors on the State of the Union, Alexander Cockburn on the Democratic contenders, John Feffer on China

Letters

InsensiNativity

Jersey City, N.J.

Editorials

Democratic leaders are poised to validate Bush's illegal surveillance, giving up even more ground than their Republican colleagues did. Why?

Mohandas K. Gandhi, killed sixty years ago, was a moment in the conscience of mankind. But the flame of hope his life inspired shapes our lives still.

His candidacy is ended, but John Edwards should continue his campaign to make economic justice in America the Democrats' core message.

A "green" Hummer, bad karma from Firestone tires at the Super Bowl, MIA at the Oscars, remembering Milton Wolff.

Unelected insiders may well hold the key to the 2008 Democratic nomination. How did things become so undemocratic?

What happens when the President gives a State of the Union address and nobody listens?

Columns

TruthDig

Curb your enthusiasm. No matter who wins, we can't reverse the damage of Bush's bloated military budget.

A Patriots Super Bowl win was written in the stars. But every once in a while, the double-digit underdog can win.

Howl

OK, three-quarters of what he says is wacky. But his view of the Fed's contribution to rampant inflation is right on the money.

Bush turns out to be the undertaker of the free market's false promises to ordinary Americans.

The magazine walks into a trap labeled "political correctness," "left-wing anti-Semitism" and "multiculturalist Islam love."

Articles

American voters, stuck in the world that Bush and Cheney have crafted, are sensing doom--and they want out.

With talk of a possible VP slot and a dedicated core of supporters, the former Arkansas governor's popularity shows the Christian right's not done yet.

The breach in the wall at Rafah dramatized the fact that an imprisoned population is at the point of starvation.

Few people watching the Firestone-sponsored Super Bowl halftime show are aware of the company's reputation in Liberia for harsh working conditions, child labor and environmental ruin.

The night after the funeral of her friend and mentor, Congresswoman Kang learns that all is not what it seems...

Here's why Obama is the left's best chance to take back the country.

A stressed-out Marine Corps sends its troops on repeated tours to Iraq and then tosses them out when they come back traumatized.

Books & the Arts

Art

The best location for Lawrence Weiner's conceptual art is in the viewer's own imagination.

Book

Chinese hearts, minds and pocketbooks get a lot of attention from the Eastern and Western consumer markets.

Book

A new collection of short pieces by the prodigious and wide-ranging critic Luc Sante doubles as a history of Modernism's outlaws.

Poetry

I sit here it is 4:00
Should I say it?
Death occurred to me
And the fit over bounded
My physical thought
As I lie here

Book

New memoirs from Israel and Palestine offer the chance not to escape the political conflict but to grasp the way it impacts daily life.

3rd Party Article

Campus Progress's Erica Williams explains why young people and conservatism don't mix

None of the candidates rises to an acceptable level on issues of social justice, inequality and confronting war and poverty.

"After South Carolina's Primary I drove down to Florida to see if I could talk to some young voters about their interest in the primary."

After two failed decades of getting "tough on crime," advocates are pushing states to reconsider trying youth as adults.

Former student radical Mark Rudd explains where he went wrong--and how young people today can learn from his mistakes.

Colorado's ballot initiative, led by 20-year-old Kristi Burton, could do
much more than overturn Roe v. Wade this fall.