February 9, 2009 | The Nation

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February 9, 2009

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It's not that I'm keen on killing people. It's just that the money's so good.

The pundits insist Obama will govern from the center, but to me it seems he's dedicated to redefining where the center is.

If both sides embrace the fragile cease-fire with leaps of imagination and faith, Israelis and Palestinians could chart an escape route from the inferno.

Washington desperately needs new blood. Will Obama's people provide the necessary transfusion?

Why has Howard Dean become a virtual stranger to the Democratic Party he helped revive?

John Nichols on Pete Seeger, Roberto Lovato on censorship in San Antonio.

Obama declines to "criminalize policy differences"--but what about holding lawbreakers to account?

With realism, grit and hope, Obama begins a new era: his first hundred days will be a decisive test of his resolve and vision.



He's off to a good start, but it's up to ordinary people who are hurting in this economy, to make sure Obama bailout benefits them and not the power players.


To take center stage in the current debate, joblessness must be made real in personal and policy terms. Jobless Americans, tell us what happened--and what you need most.

The notoriously apolitical Tiger Woods's presence at Barack Obama's pre-inauguration concert could have been momentous. But it wasn't.


As government takes a larger role in business, political skills may matter more than business acumen. And ethics? Not so much.


The economy of reading is rapidly collapsing. If we can bail out banks, why not the book industry?

Warning sign one: Obama plans a "fiscal responsibility summit." Warning sign two: entitlements are on the table.


Nation readers who have joined the ranks of the unemployed share their stories--and their suggestions of what government needs to do.

Welcome to politics Bus Project style, where costumes are encouraged and
successful activism is measured in both efficacy and, well, fun.

After eight years of being sidelined by the Bush administration, many in notoriously apolitical professions are ready to stand up and be counted on the social and ethical implications of their work.

By honoring the psychological wounds of soldiers--not shaming them--the armed forces might give fighting men and women the respect they deserve.

With little fanfare, Obama has reversed one of the most damaging GOP policies ever visited on developing nations, which deprived millions of women of family planning services.

New York activists who oppose the state's repressive drug laws are optimistic about the new political landscape but unsure of whether politicians will embrace the necessary radical reforms.

The economic crisis requires a radical response--not revved-up consumerism.

The path of ruling through illusion has been tried and failed. Obama must govern with a realism of the sort America has not seen for a long time.

With homeless rates at record highs, America needs a bold new housing policy.

Without significant federal action, affordable housing will become increasingly out of reach.

Activists demand a foreclosure freeze, renegotiated loans and a bailout for all.

Books & the Arts


As David Mamet's views become more Manichaean, he's squared the jaws of his tough guys.

An unfinished memoir by the late literary editor and critic. The first part of a two-part article.



 1 Such as "O Death, Where Is Thy Sting!"--signs that such as A or B have moved out. (11)