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February 6, 2006 | The Nation

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February 6, 2006

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

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Patricia Williams challenges President Bush's unchecked impulses, David Oshinsky reviews three new books on race and Sharon Lerner explores the impact on women of Samuel Alito's future Supreme Court rulings.

Letters

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Editorials

Polls show large numbers of American women have grave doubts about the
Iraq War: But where are they? A new campaign aims to mobilize American
women for global protests March 8.

What's at stake for women if Samuel Alito is confirmed to the US
Supreme Court? Reproductive rights are only the tip of the iceberg.

As Samuel Alito cruises toward confirmation, the process of vetting him demonstrates the price we pay for one-party government.

The House Ethics Committee has been defunct for a year: If now is not
the time for both parties to get serious on Congressional ethics, when
will it be?

The time is ripe for progressives to revitalize the state of our union:
Americans are ready to undo the damage of the Bush era and turn to
a just and peaceful future.

Columns

TruthDig

Obsessed voyeurs in the Bush Administration are poking their noses into
everyone's business, with the help of Internet giants like Microsoft,
AOL and Yahoo.

Coverage of the Alito hearings revealed once again that there is no
liberal bias in mainstream media.

If we are suspending the law in deference to Bush's unchecked impulses,
let's call it by its proper name: Benign lawlessness? Gitmo Governance?
Fear Factor?

Articles

As his State of the Union message approaches, we deserve a rest from the fundamentalist presidency of G.W. Bush, whose guiding principles are antithetical to democracy and will only accelerate our decline.

The toxic food industry is fueling a preventable epidemic of diabetes. Most
vulnerable are poor children, barraged with ads urging them
to eat the sugar and grease-laden food that will eventually kill them.

On the eve of the Super Bowl, former cornerback Anthony Prior raises hot-button allegations of racism in the National Football League.

OK, everyone who has studied the unitary executive theory of the presidency, raise your hand. Anyone? A former prosecutor examines what's behind Bush's legal fig leaf.

Repair America's infrastructure, starting with New
Orleans; resettle displaced people in the city, give them construction
jobs and pay all a fair wage.

Grant legal status to hard-working, tax-paying immigrants;
give up the illusion that law enforcement alone will solve immigration
problems.

Insure funding for programs with proven success
rehabilitating violent youths and avoid the failures of the prison
system.

Elect a Democratic Congress in 2006; restore ethics to
Congress; block the appointment of cronies to key
posts; stop the politicization of science.

Establish a first-rate education system to draw on our
greatest untapped human resource: the children of our inner cities.

Give small farmers and ranchers help to compete with global
agricultural giants; enact farmer-friendly solutions to existing
destructive trade policies.

Rein in political and business interests that degrade the
environment; pass the Apollo Energy Act to provide incentives for clean
technology.

We need a unified security budget to coherently allocate
dollars to the military, homeland security and peacemaking efforts abroad.

Elect Congressional candidates who promise to end the
occupation of Iraq and bring our soldiers home.

Insure that the federal purse supports a progressive vision of economic
progress that benefits all Americans.

Pass new legislation to insure the best healthcare for
America's military personnel and make the Veterans Administration a
model healthcare system.

Rein in the Bush Administration's culture of official secrecy and
restore Congressional oversight of intelligence operations.

Pass the Employee Free Choice Act to create more unions, keep workers
safe from labor-law violations, preserve middle-class jobs and
stabilize the economy.

Stop the dumbing down of America: Enact real reform to prevent the
shrinking market of ideas caused by concentration of media properties
in the hands of the few.

Preserve our nation's core democratic principles by introducing
significant reforms to the Patriot Act.

Create a stable healthcare system. Start by expanding the
current Medicare system to cover more children and vulnerable adults.

Pass new laws that reward companies that care about
America, its workers and its communities.

Win the global war against disease--AIDS, tuberculosis,
malaria and pandemics. America must deliver more food, medicine and
development aid to poorer nations.

Approve a Voting Rights Amendment to the Constitution, granting all the
right to vote; craft a unitary voting system for federal, state and
local elections, guaranteeing an honest and efficient count.

Books & the Arts

Art

Fra Angelico's genius for depicting the interior life--states of love, spirituality or anguish--is stirring the interest of contemporary artists.

Book

Three books examine American history through the scope of
racism and racial identity.

Book

Robert Fisk's The Great War for Civilization criticizes a
self-righteous US foreign policy oblivious to the power of retributive
justice in the Middle East.