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January 28, 2008

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John Nichols on John McCain, Chris Hedges on Christianizing history, Ruthie Ackerman on Liberia's child soldiers.

Letters

OPRAH & OBAMA: OUCH

Anniston, Ala.

Editorials

No single person can be the agent of change: the vision must come from all of us.

"Change" is this year's Democratic battle cry, but if you don't know how it happens, you're not likely to make it happen yourself.

Indonesia's dictator is fading fast: But what of his people's memories of the civilians he killed?

Political opinionators have a lot of explaining to do about their poor
prognostication in New Hampshire.

After days of dithering, the Golf Channel finally suspends a commentator
who joked about lynching Tiger Woods. What took them so long?

If Hillary wants Americans to like her, she should start doing the things Americans like.

With House Resolution 888, the religious right seeks to rewrite American history, turning the founding fathers from deists to Christian fundamentalists.

His web-driven, self-starting activism could be the key to getting his message out--and bringing young voters to the polls on Super Tuesday.

The way to end Kenya's electoral violence is to demand a speedy return to full democracy, transparency and power-sharing.

No matter who wins the Democratic election, the John Edwards campaign has set the domestic agenda for the entire field.

Rainbow/PUSH's Wall Street Project Economic Summit, the no-show Golden Globes, postwar suicides.

John McCain is just enough of an outsider to keep the GOP competitive in a "change" election.

Throw polls and pundits out the window: the race will be decided not by kingmakers but by the voters themselves.

Columns

TruthDig

After all he's done for them, why is it that Bush only gets a 12 percent favorability rating in Saudi Arabia?

Truth, lies and attacks on Democrats from columnists at the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Don't let the media or the right-wing spinmeisters reduce our first-ever serious black and female presidential candidates to stereotypes.

Comix Nation

Articles

An emerging Sunni-Shiite coalition could change the face of Iraq--if the
United States steps back and gets out of the way.

Civil legal aid attorneys could have sounded the alarm years before the subprime scandal began destroying the lives of urban poor--but Congress wouldn't let them.

Undone in South Carolina by the Bush campaign's dirty tricks in 2000, John McCain now turns to the man who smeared him.

The devastating impact of the mortgage crisis on black communities dominated Jesse Jackson's latest economic summit. What solutions does Barack Obama propose?

An interview with a preacher and longtime political confidant reveals that
Huckabee's not the sunny figure the media's leading lights have conjured
up.

Surveillance 101: Big Brother goes to college.

Liberia's former child soldiers deserve more than the empty promises the world has given them.

The conservatives ensconced on the Supreme Court are set to uphold draconian ID requirements on voters that will redefine electoral politics in America.

Books & the Arts

Book

Edmund Wilson's politics have long been criticized, but his views were more nuanced than you might think.

Music

If you're curious to learn more about the bugalú, check out these five albums.

Music

A new generation rediscovers the freewheeling rhythms of the Nuyorican bugalú.

Film

Paul Thomas Anderson's masterful There Will Be Blood pits an oil baron against a preacher in an epic contest of wills.

Book

In This Republic of Suffering, historian Drew Gilpin Faust strips from the Civil War any purpose beyond massive slaughter.

Book

Two new books profile the generation of counterfeiters and con men who sprouted up in Jacksonian-era America.

3rd Party Article

In one of the world's poorest nations, peace, hope and satellite phones emerge from a civil war.

Turn the Beat Around: How ABC No Rio artists bought a building for one dollar in one of the world's most expensive cities.

Get ready, y'all--this election is going to be ours!

New Jersey abolished the death penalty this week. Is this the beginning of a new trend?