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January 8, 2001 | The Nation

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January 8, 2001

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Editorials

Bill Clinton is moving to install Terry McAuliffe as the head of the DNC, a cynical move in this day of pay-to-play politics.

We shall see very little of the charmingly simian George W. Bush—the military—Cheney, Powell et al.--will be calling the tune, and the whole nation will be on constant alert.

Capital punishment will be one of the defining issues of the coming year.

Secretary of State-designate Colin Powell needs to explain his participation in several sordid episodes of the United States' past.

Bush v. Gore may have superficially resolved a short-run political crisis, but it has triggered a deep intellectual crisis.

Columns

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We do need government regulation—not to build socialism but to save capitalism.

Stop the Presses

If the absence of soldiers seizing cable networks is the ultimate standard of meaningful democratic empowerment, we're not doing half bad.

Bush v. Gore is a fitting start to the next four deranged years.

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How ironic that Ashcroft's supporters now ask that he be treated with kid gloves during his own nomination hearings.

Articles

The governor issued a moratorium on executions in Illinois a year ago, after investigative-reporting students and their professor saved an innocent man from the death chamber.

Christians are drifting away in their support of the death penalty.

Books & the Arts

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A review of The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors, by Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindel.

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A review of Cherry, by Mary Karr; On Writing, by Stephen King; and Ghost Light, by Frank Rich.

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A review of The Hill Bachelors, by William Trevor.