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July 18, 2005 | The Nation

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July 18, 2005

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Sherle Schwenninger proposes a foreign policy for Democrats, Mike Davis says that the US is woefully unprepared for an avian flu pandemic and Stuart Klawans reviews The Beat That My Heart Skipped.

Letters

Articles on the estate tax, college Republicans and patriotism attract comments and questions.

PRIESTS' ENTRAILS & PROFS' FREEDOM

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Editorials

The Supreme Court's medical marijuana decision was a major setback for common sense.

China panic can be found at the progressive end of the spectrum.

The attacks seemed designed to maximize fear, not casualties.

Bruce Shapiro argues that O'Connor's resignation poses a
conundrum for Republicans.

Senate Democrats are preparing to take a dive on the issue they have righteously hammered for four years--the estate tax.

Our Deadline Poet is on vacation this week. And speaking of vacation,
with this issue The Nation goes on its biweekly summer schedule.

The FDA's refusal to issue a decision on Plan B reflects
the influence of the Christian right over Bush Administration policy.

Two states recently restored the estate tax to fund critical middle-class programs.

Though the G-8 leaders should subsidize zero-carbon
energy sources, they should resist Bush's advocacy of nuclear energy.

Activists must push for more debt relief for all
impoverished countries in Africa.

Columns

Column Left

Truth and competence are virtues easily shed by the Bush Administration.

Column Left

The "war on terror" is turning out to be nothing more than a recycled formulation of the dangerously dumb "domino theory."

The media passed along without prejudice Karl Rove's
deliberate distortions of Richard Durbin's words.

The Klan was willing to risk that their victims
were innocent; we can't take that risk today with accused terrorists.

Articles

Inside the CPB's Mann report, one of the strangest government documents ever produced.

Talk about surprising developments, Wal-Mart has done something good.

America remains unprepared for a possible avian flu
pandemic.

By engaging the marriage debate only in terms of "gay rights," progressives have put themselves in a losing position.

The US must make full employment and ample demand the
guiding principles of its international economic policy.

Senior government officials can be held responsible for the horrors at Abu Ghraib.

Books & the Arts

Film

Reviews of The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Me and You
and Everyone We Know
and other new films.

Poetry

This is the year
when the swallows did not come back

you have not noticed

Poetry

Again again you are
the right time after all

not according to
however we planned it

Poetry

Following the black
footprints the tracks
of words that have passed that way
before me I come
again and again to
your blank shore

Book

Novalis's unfinished novel is a kaleidoscope of visions
and allegories of nature.

Book

Adam Kirsch prefers his own ideas about poetry to actual
poems.

The detainee abuses at Abu Ghraib were both a
continuation and a divergence from historical prison practices.