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February 28, 2011 | The Nation

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February 28, 2011

Cover: Cover photo by Jason Reed/Reuters, design by Milton Glaser Incorporated

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Alexander Cockburn on Reagan's legacy, David Kirp on mentoring programs that work and Calvin Trillin on Donald Rumsfeld's memoir

Editorials

Will Obama follow Washington tradition by undermining the protests in the name of “stability”? Or will he practices what he preaches and stand with protesters?

Protesters in Egypt all agree on one thing: Mubarak must go.

John Nichols on the AOL/Huffington Post merger, Ari Berman on the Democratic Leadership Council's demise and Riddhi Shah on invisible government benefits

The uprising in Egypt is a rare opportunity to support democracy without imperialism. Will Obama take the chance?

Congressman Peter King's dark fantasies about American Muslims are intruding on reality.

Columns

The former president set in motion a sizable slice of the fantasies destroying America.

Whether you're a tiger mother, a soccer mom, a helicopter parent or something else, if you're not in poverty, then your kids will probably end up okay.

Articles

The mayor's company created a “coalition” to promote its interests in the Comcast-NBC merger, proving itself an agile peddler of influence in Washington.

Zealots are trying to turn the military into a religious army. Mikey Weinstein is fighting back.

As a mentoring program shows, the arc of a child’s life can be altered by a single stable adult.

Books & the Arts

Book

Jennifer Homans thinks ballet is dying, its masters dead and gone. But ballet, which exists in time and leaves no record, is always dying.

Book

At the utopian community of Fruitlands, vegetables were not only eaten. They were also imitated.

Art

Martin Creed and Gabriel Orozco reduce the artistic gesture to the smallest effective intervention into reality.

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After a plan to tow icebergs from Antarctica ran aground, the Saudis used their oil wealth to build desalination plants for watering their desert kingdom.

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