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January 2, 2012 | The Nation

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January 2, 2012

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Betsy Reed on the fraying social safety net, Andy Robinson on the Eurozone showdown and Calvin Trillin on the perils of being the GOP frontrunner.

Letters

On Naomi Klein, Ariel Dorfman, Gary Younge, Louis Uchitelle, Mary Robinson

Editorials

The president has started talking like a populist. It took the Occupy movement to make him do it.

Thanks to a new and frightening breed of climate denier, our chances of avoiding catastrophe just got worse.

Katrina vanden Heuvel on Andrew Cuomo and OWS, Collier Meyerson on the abuse of Muslim prisoners, Alexandra Tempus on ethical holiday shopping, and boycott Lowe’s!

The strange thing about last week’s Brussels compact is that it is irrelevant to the task at hand—avoiding collapse of the euro.

Columns

Need holiday gift ideas that will warm hearts? Try these.

The National Defense Authorization Act would authorize indefinite military detention for US citizens, stripping Americans of their constitutional rights.

Articles

Republicans in Congress are quietly killing the provisions of Obama’s stimulus act that have kept millions out of poverty.

For all its flaws, the food stamp program helps one in seven Americans put food on the table.

With 5.7 million Americans out of work six months or more, benefits for the unemployed are woefully inadequate—and even so, the GOP would cut them.

With the Occupy movement, what started as a diffuse protest against economic injustice became a vast experiment in class building.

“When Clinton signed Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, I knew single mothers like me would suffer. Fifteen years later, millions have been kicked off the welfare rolls.”

Hit by the double whammy of poverty and austerity, a West Oakland school that once served children well is struggling.

Ignoring the signs of dire need, the government is slashing its housing budget.

The insurance program is facing its toughest challenges just as the health reform law is poised to expand eligibility for millions of Americans.

Meet Ginnina Slowe, resident of the nation’s poorest urban county, where poverty is expensive—especially when you try to get out of it.

What the Occupy movement could do for poor people—and vice versa.

Books & the Arts

Book

Hopes for reform in Burma are starting to be fulfilled, but skepticism of its rulers is still warranted.

Book

Anne Rophie’s Art and Madness, Millicent Monk’s Songs of Three Islands, Maisie Houghton’s Pitch Uncertain.

Art

Does the content of a demonstration always exceed and fall short of its ostensible message?