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July 12, 2010 | The Nation

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July 12, 2010

Cover: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Alexander Cockburn on corporations' Judgment Day, Calvin Trillin on apologizing to BP, and a letters exchange with Corey Robin on Ayn Rand.

Editorials

As he pushes climate and energy legislation, will Obama keep up the tough talk?

A Congressional investigation confirms what The Nation reported: US taxpayer funds are paying off Afghan warlords.

Robert Dreyfuss on McChrystal's firing, John Nichols on McCaskill's push for transparency and David Cole on the Supreme Court ruling on material support to terrorist organizations

Lord Saville's Bloody Sunday report clarifies who shot whom. But the darker truth about the role of Britain's secret service is unexplained.

Columns

Will the BP spill prove to be Judgment Day for the decades of growing corporate rule over government?

Is our society on the verge of becoming a matriarchy? In your dreams.

Articles

Devastation wrought by the BP spill is in headlines daily. But decades of oil drilling in Louisiana have done far more indelible damage.

The BP disaster reveals the risks in imagining that we have complete command over nature.

A military report released by WikiLeaks confirms: Iranian forces crossed the border to arrest the American hikers.

Books & the Arts

Orhan Pamuk may be the face that Turkish literature turns to the West, but the novelist Yashar Kemal is its conscience and heart.

Ours is an age of the unexpected, the extraordinary—the uncanny. What better time to resurrect the stories of Ambrose Bierce?

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's 12th & Delaware; Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger's Restrepo; Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me; Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the July 19, 1975, issue.