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January 23, 2012 | The Nation

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January 23, 2012

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Alexander Cockburn on indefinite detention, Calvin Trillin on political pundits’ selective memories, and a poem by Osip Mandelstam

Letters

Dwight MacDonald, Jana Prikryl

Editorials

Awash in Super PAC money, defined by negative TV ads, degraded by dumbed-down media and poisoned by voter suppression—this is not what democracy looks like.

With Obama's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act, the prison becomes a permanent fixture.

Jamelle Bouie on Ben Nelson’s terrible tenure, Josh Eidelson on the NLRB’s new election rules, plus: battling ALEC in Virginia

Columns

With the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act, the president has brought Guantánamo-style justice to the United States.

He’s against most of what we’re for. What is it with progressive mancrushes on right-wing Republicans?

Articles

Impoverished by NAFTA, residents of Veracruz crossed the border to work in Smithfield’s Tar Heel slaughterhouse. Now, they're condemned as “illegals.”

Organizers have found a new approach to promoting workers’ rights at the retail giant. And it seems to be working.

In just two years, half the country’s states have passed extreme fetal-rights amendments.

Books & the Arts

Book

Books by four poets about big modern systems whose results and failures seem inescapable.

Book

A critic of pop’s retro turn can’t shake his own strain of pop nostalgia.

Film

Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Wim Wenders’s Pina.