February 20, 2006 | The Nation

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February 20, 2006

Cover: Cover by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

Browse Selections From Recent Years












William Greider reveals how Democrats can sieze the day, Ari Berman documents DOJ interference in a 2002 prosecution of Jack Abramoff, Terry Eagleton reviews Arthur & George.



New York City


The rise of Samuel Alito and the death of Coretta Scott King mark the end of an era and the abandonment of our civil rights legacy by both political parties.

The widows of great men either gracefully retire from history's stage or take their own lonely road. Coretta Scott King had little hesitancy about carrying on her husband's work.

Democrats can capitalize on the current economic stall and gain control
of Congress with a return to bedrock principles: creating jobs,
restoring incomes and rescuing families from debt.

The Bush Administration has propagated five myths in its current
campaign to rationalize its illegal domestic spying program.

What if the West responded to Hamas's victory not with sanctions but
with a commitment to resume negotiations from where they left off in

Instead of Bush's imperial presidency, America needs the vision of
Congressional progressives: rapid withdrawal from Iraq, universal
healthcare, campaign reform and a shift to renewable energy.



The stampede is on in corporate America to freeze or pare back pension
benefits. And that will leave most of us out in the cold.


George W. Bush's irrational governance has wrought yet another outrage:
The Administration's $2.77-trillion budget request.

Despite his lies and incompetence, Bush remains more popular with elite
media than Clinton or any other political leader who sought to save us
from the Iraq catastrophe. Why won't they connect the dots?

Worry about the CIA's new Open Source Center, which aims to piece
together all sorts of unclassified information to create a broad
picture of where trouble is likely to arise.


Telephone and cable bigwigs pitched their vision of a pay-to-play
Internet to the Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday, and web visionaries
pushed back. Lawmakers seemed baffled by the complexity.

Western cartoons deemed insulting to Islam are only part of what is
fueling mob frenzy in Afghanistan. Growing rage against the presence of
foreign troops and frustration with ineffectual aid programs are feeding the

Abolishing the death penalty was one of Coretta Scott King's signature issues. The irony is that Georgia remains one of the leading practitioners of the death penalty.

Racial tensions between black and Latino players have been exposed in
the ongoing controversy over how to honor Roberto Clemente.

Forty-two years later, assassination buffs continue to attack the
validity of the Warren Report.

The Justice Department meddled in a case against Jack Abramoff in Guam
in 2002; last week, Bush nominated the current Abramoff prosecutor to
the federal bench. Can the DOJ credibly continue this investigation?

Leaders of the Christian right are paying the price as evidence mounts
of their complicity in a sordid GOP gambling-industry scheme.

Scandals abound in the smoking remains of the Alexander Strategy

Using cartoons, games and kid-friendly websites, the federal intelligence community is seeking to win the hearts and minds of America's children.

Books & the Arts


In Arthur & George, Julian Barnes mixes fact and fiction,
linking Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with a wrongfully convicted Victorian


Lost Battalions tells the story of two US Army regiments of
the American Expeditionary Force, the struggle to buy citizenship
through the self-sacrifice of war.


Two new books explore the work of philosophers
Emmanuel Levinas and Martin Heidegger.