July 14, 2008 | The Nation

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July 14, 2008

Cover: Cover photograph of George Mitchell by Christopher Martin; cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Overshadowed by the US disaster in Iraq, Moscow's impact on our foreign policy will continue long after that war ends. Why aren't Obama and McCain addressing that?

The US military's aggressive confrontation with the Taliban and its Al Qaeda cohorts in Pakistan is only making matters worse.

George Carlin knew words could never be as obscene as wars; Barack Obama goes for the money, but at what cost?

What does Barack Obama have to say to working-class women? Plenty. But he's got to prove he's willing to listen to their concerns.

Congress bails out the banks, but needs to do far more for homeowners devastated by the subprime crisis.



We're drowning in pretended patriotism used to cover the lies that got us into Iraq, the defense of torture and violation of our basic liberties.

It's a little known fact, but Ralph Nader is seriously interested in sports, which is why he believes there should be a Bill of Rights just for the fans.

Barack Obama got it right on Iraq six years ago. Now, perhaps, so can the rest of us.

Loan-sharking has resurged with global force, cutting across class, race and regions: we're all in the ghetto now.

Comix Nation

It's catching on! What does it mean?


With little to lose and everything to gain, Obama has lifted high the cross. But are there invisible strings attached?

Pressured by the Bush Administration, the United Nations issues a ringing declaration and solicits pledges that decry rape as a weapon of war. How about actually doing something?

This Week: As the Supreme Court rules pistols are trustworthy and convenient, Kang knows her AWOL chief of staff isn't at the beach.

As human actions change the planet in irreversable ways, will human bonds suffer irreversable damage, too?

A scathing new report confirms some of our worst fears about Bush Administration's politicization of the Justice Department.

Just as Moby-Dick was too much for Ahab, our new century may be too difficult for us to comprehend.

The Republican candidate's maverick image obscures his cozy relationship with lobbyists.

How the mortgage industry stole black America's hard-won wealth.

Books & the Arts

The Louise Bourgeois retrospective at the Guggenheim.

The longtime New York Review of Books illustrator discusses the delicate art of political cartooning.

The narrative journalism of David Samuels finds conversation, color and conflict in the vortex of American life.

The history of American intelligence-gathering is rife with incompetence, dysfunction and contempt toward legislative oversight.

Reviewing a homegrown war documentary, a portrait of Native American life and a pair of spy comedies.


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