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February 6, 2012 | The Nation

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February 6, 2012

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James Lardner on what's wrong with Congress, Ilyse Hogue on The Obamas and Laila Lalami on Percival Everett.

Letters

Reading, ’Riting, ’Rithmetic, and R&D

Editorials

We need a constitutional amendment to stem the flood of corporate money that’s poisoning our democracy.

Sniping by Perry and Gingrich is opportunistic. But with capitalism in crisis, it reflects a deeper insecurity among conservatives.

The swirl of controversy over Jodi Kantor’s biography reflects deep cultural anxieties about the limits we place on women in power.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has replaced Hosni Mubarak as the force that rules Egypt with an iron fist. As January 25 approaches, the revolution is not over.

Columns

It’s true that Paul has brought important issues to the national debate. It’s also true that he’s a reactionary crank.
 

From Sacco and Vanzetti to Troy Davis, witnesses to crime scenes get it wrong too often. So why did the Supreme Court just make it harder to challenge such evidence in court?

Articles

These new political monsters have let loose an avalanche of scorched-earth, negative campaign ads—and enriched TV stations in the process.

It’s time to tackle the root problem: subservience to corporate and financial powers.

John Lindsay’s New York—and what it can teach us about neglected urban problems.

Five centuries of political pans by a lot of old masters and a few new ones, on exhibit at the Met.

Not content with their successful assaults on public workers, Republicans are set on destroying private sector unions, pushing “right to work” laws with false promises of job creation.

Books & the Arts

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The critic James Wolcott has been gamely fighting losing battles for most of his career.

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Joan Didion’s Blue Nights, Peter Van Buren’s We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People.

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In Assumption a murder mystery becomes a lesson in how much we do not know.