July 16, 2007 | The Nation

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July 16, 2007

Cover: Cover art by Drew Friedman, cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Brookline, Mass.


The White House announced that the President has run out of his own bad ideas and is looking elsewhere for new ones, even if they don't make any sense.

The super-rich are taking over all the beautiful places in America. What's left
for you and me?

With gleeful judicial activism, the Roberts Court swings right and sides with the interests of power.

Is the private equity boom about to go bust?

Michael Bloomberg doesn't actually have to run for President to tilt the race his way.

Campaign '08 is heading for a great debate: Will individualized plans or a broad public guarantee of coverage replace our broken corporate system?

Front-loaded primaries and a volatile '08 race are creating unprecedented opportunities for progressives. They'll gain traction only if they form a smart, tech-savvy and cohesive movement.



He invaded Iraq, which had no connection to WMDs or terrorist threats against the US, while coddling the military junta in Pakistan, which was guilty on both counts. Go figure.


Liberated from having to serve time for his crime, he shares a perch with Bush and Cheney, somewhere high above the law.

Congressional hearings about head injuries in the NFL raise questions about the consequences for old-timers and present-day players.

What do the Washington Post --and the rest of the MSM--have against Al Gore?


You thought Arthur was gone for good? The indie magazine beloved for its music coverage and antiwar politics will resume publishing this summer.

Rocked by violence and sectarian hatred, Lebanon faces its presidential elections in paralysis, bound to a political system that's no longer viable and stymied over what kind of country it wants to be.

The Supreme Court's recent decision to deny home-care workers the right to overtime pay is speeding a race to the bottom that will affect every working person.

Matt Stoller, Chris Bowers and Mike Lux have launched a new website designed link progressive outsiders with DC insiders.

Political struggle and its relation to sports is a question not of the past but of the future.

No need to wait until September to see if the surge is working. Just look at the numbers.

The US Social Forum in Atlanta drew visionaries and veterans--of war and social movements--to chart a course for progressives.

A Cuban writer pays tribute to Vilma Espín, wife of Raúl Castro and Cuba's first lady, who fought tirelessly for the rights of women in a male-dominated country.

The Rupert Murdoch effect: The progressive LA Weekly has gone from a well-reported newspaper to a flashy tabloid with "gotcha" articles.

Maoists say they're fighting for the invisible tribal peoples of India. Are they terrorists, or the product of a corrupt and unjust system?

Peter Morgan's new play is highly entertaining; Frank Langella's portrait of Nixon is brutally amusing; yet the play is historically inaccurate.

SEIU President Andy Stern heads one of the strongest unions in the country. Why is he so cozy with corporations?

Will an upcoming vote in Congress signal the end of Medicare?

Michael Moore's healtcare documentary is less partisan, less outrageous--but more real--than anything he's done before.

Dire predictions aside, it's not too late for a unified, nationalist Iraq to emerge from the rubble.

Books & the Arts


A new take on Israel/Palestine: Could Israel's architecture be the solution to the insoluble disputes?


Five new books explore the failed progressive movements in Iran, and the dilemma the US left faces today.


Shimon Dotan's documentary Hot House takes a candid and compelling look at Palestinians serving life terms in Israeli prisons.

3rd Party Article

Wiretap kicks off a new monthly interview column highlighting different career options in the progressive movement.

In 2004, a handful of grassroots music activism organizations registered over 1 million new voters. As many of these groups struggle for survival, who will use music to reach out to 50 million Millennials in 2008?

Students in West Virginia stare down the toxic silo of Big Coal. How will youth cope with the destruction of Appalachia and future environmental legacies? WireTap treks to the Mountain State to find out.

Even college radio stations are subject to corporate pressures and playlists.

American colleges and universities grapple with their ties to slavery.

American students are great at advocating for others, but do very little advocacy for themselves.