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July 4-11, 2011

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Dan Coughlin and Kim Ives on Haiti’s rigged presidential election, Corey Hutchins on Nikki Haley’s cronyism and Kevin Gosztola on the widening war on WikiLeaks

Editorials

President Obama is about to make a major decision regarding US troops in Afghanistan. Progressives must push him to pull out of the quagmire and reinvest at home.

Confirming what Haitians already knew, a WikiLeaks document shows how US and international donors pushed ahead with a rigged presidential election.

Renée Feltz on Democratic defections from President Obama's immigration enforcement program, Kevin Gosztola on the widening war on WikiLeaks and John Nichols on the FCC

Congressman Anthony Weiner says he'll resign, the latest politician brought down by haters and shamers like Andrew Breitbart and a national media that has the sexual maturity of a 7th grader.

Columns

Wall Street’s refusal to pony up for Obama’s second term is an example of ingratitude mixed with ineptitude on the grandest scale imaginable.

Articles

An unlikely grassroots coalition is keeping residents in their homes, one property at a time.

Given skyrocketing college costs and the bleak jobs outlook, some argue that vocational school is an apt alternative to a four-year liberal arts program for many working-class kids.

South Carolinians are beginning to feel duped by their new governor’s cronyism.

By providing all-expenses paid trips to Israel for Jewish young adults, US funders and Israeli politicians are creating the next generations of American Zionists.

Books & the Arts

Book

Vulnerability was what made David Foster Wallace so beloved, but it often led him to surrender too much in his fiction.

Press

Under the editorship of John Freeman and Ellah Allfrey, Granta is thriving again.

Book

The story of the Lakotas does not end with their loss of the Black Hills or the massacre at Wounded Knee.

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