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July 7, 2008

Cover: Cover illustration by Drew Friedman of (from left to right) Jacob Weisberg, Slate; Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek; Chris Matthews, MSNBC; John McCain; Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC; and Nicholas Kristof, New York Times. Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Bruce Cumings on South Korea, Alexander Cockburn on Tim Russert, a poem by Pam Rehm

Letters


Obama No Boomer

Lakewood, Ohio

Editorials

Obese America is literally sitting on vast energy reserves--all we need to do is extract it and turn it into fuel.

Sure, he asked the tough questions. But why didn't he challenge the lies?

South Koreans won't be buffaloed by US beef or the Bush Administration's erratic policies.

Oil companies, speculators and OPEC helped spike the cost of oil, but ruinous Bush Administration policies have compounded the damage.

Katrina vanden Heuvel analyzes the shuttering of Moscow's English-language alternative newspaper, the eXile; John Cavanagh remembers Stewart Mott.

By a single vote, the Supreme Court stood up to an Administration that has declared war on the rule of law.

Barack Obama may yet become the reform President who rearranges power on behalf of the people. But he'll need to resist the brotherhood of cozy insiders.

In New Hampshire, a mother is reunited with her grievously wounded son.

Columns

Is Don Imus irredeemably stupid or just a run-of-the-mill racist?

TruthDig

An Air Force contract to build an obsolete B-2 refueling tanker has suddenly become a campaign issue--and the Democrats are on the wrong side.

Billy Hunter has a progressive spine and a background that has taken him from working with Huey Newton to sitting across the table from the most formidable commissioner in sports, David Stern.

NARAL and Planned Parenthood give him a big fat zero. What else do you need to know?

It's hard to explain the media delirium over a newsman who gave the powerful a pass on Iraq.

Comix Nation

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform breaks it down for you.

Articles

Eliot Asinof, blacklisted author of Eight Men Out, created a lifetime of work celebrating rebels and victims of injustice.

The UN resolution designating rape as a weapon of war is historic, but provides no legal remedy for wartime victims of sexual violence.

More than five years after the invasion of Iraq--just in case you were still waiting--the oil giants finally hit the front page.

This Week: Kang sips a martini and contemplates just what it is that billionaires do in their spare time.

House Democrats capitulate to pass a surveillance bill that further compromises our privacy and limits accountability of the government and telecoms. Will the Senate fight back?

Despite bullying from Brussels, Ireland had the confidence to reject the Lisbon Treaty and the politics of the fait accompli.

His name is David Kilcullen, an Australian academic and military veteran, who seeks to impose a mad science of counterinsurgency on Iraq.

The famed prosecutor wants to see the President tried for murder in an American courtroom.

Sports make a great framework for examining politics.

Accusations by right-wing Zionists of anti-Semitism at the University of California, Irvine, are suspect at best.

He's not the maverick the mainstream media have proclaimed him to be.

Books & the Arts

Book

The New Yorker's art critic turns his eye toward the cultural summits.

Francisco Goldman's The Art of Political Murder sparks calls for accountability in Central America's "kingdom of impunity."

Poetry

The line we must walk
without any shadow

of a doubt, echoes
in the heart. The

history of each person's
bread. Everything is,

3rd Party Article

It's been an unprecedented year for young voters, but the battle isn't over yet. How can we make sure that all youth, in and out of college, can vote in November?

In recent years, the youth jobless rate has soared to record highs.

Canadian filmmaker Paul Saltzman documentary is sure to be hopeful, fascinating, and at least a little bit heartbreaking.

Crossword

From the November 15, 1947, issue.


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