January 11, 2010 | The Nation

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January 11, 2010

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How well do you remember the events that shook up--and let down--America in 2010?

The "Press Box Red" was a top sports writer who led the first sustained campaign to integrate Major League Baseball.

Before the healthcare reform bill reaches President Obama's desk, here are the issues that are still worth fighting on to ensure reform helps as many Americans as possible.

Has a major military contractor in Afghanistan created an Astroturf organization to promote long-term US engagement?

A timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan should set the stage for the military neutralization of the country.

How do the House and Senate bills compare on affordability and enforceability?

Sasha Chavkin on more Shell games in Nigeria; David L. Kirpon how healthcare reform will affect coverage for kids

The problem with the Copenhagen Accord: nature does not award points for trying.



Although Obama has blasted "fat cat bankers on Wall Street," it is time for those who elected him to ask for more than rhetoric.

University of Texas football coach Mack Brown is getting a $2 million bonus while the rest of campus is tightening its belt.


There is no "war" against terrorism. Not if by war one means doing the obvious and checking a highly suspicious air traveler's underwear to see if explosives have been sewn in.

A spate of new films address the human toll the Israeli-Palestinian conflict takes on both sides.


The federal judge's order means that LA's top gang reduction officials will be subpoenaed to state what they know of Alex Sanchez.

Two Blackwater contractors died in a December 30 suicide bombing at a CIA station in Afghanistan, suggesting that the company is more enmeshed in CIA business than the agency admits.

The Washington Post has run a "news" article about deficit reduction penned by The Fiscal Times, an outlet backed by Pete Peterson, the Wall Street millionaire who wants to loot Social Security.

A federal judge has dismissed all charges against the five Blackwater operatives accused of gunning down 14 innocent Iraqis in Baghdad's Nisour Square in September 2007.

Climate scientist James Hansen's new book, Storms of My Grandchildren, looks at what's necessary to stop global warming.

Despite the Senate compromises, there's still a lot to like in the healthcare reform bill. But will it survive reconciliation?

The court decision gives the Alex Sanchez case a "new credibility as a blatant injustice."

In Paul Krassner's new book, what's obscene is not sex but anything greedy, dishonest or cruel.

From the point of view of peace or de-escalation, 2010 will be a year of no significance.

How The Nation's special issue on the bureau brought down the wrath of J. Edgar Hoover.

Legal remedies are not strong enough to save defrauded citizens from losing their homes.

The author's list of the most valuable political and cultural activists and activist groups of the year.

In the midst of a global financial crash and the climate crisis, New China enters its third act.

Books & the Arts


The death, and afterlife, of the Polaroid.


Can pop music survive without a mass market, mass acceptance or the drive for mass profits?


A conversation with the director of La Danse about the discipline of ballet--and documentary filmmaking.


Thelonious Monk was a more nuanced figure than the flimsy characterization of a way-out jazz cat could ever convey.



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