June 15, 2009 | The Nation

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June 15, 2009

Cover: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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R.I.P. Newspapers--but Not the News

Belmont, Mass.


It's too early to say whether the murder of a Kansas abortion provider will trigger another wave of a type of violence last seen in the 1990s. It is not too early to be struck by the parallels.

In the end, the vote was silly or sad, but for eighteen weeks on American Idol, Adam Lambert was Everyman and Everygayman, skating the edge of ecstasy and terror.

Garment workers at a suburban Chicago factory fight to save their jobs and prove that social unionism is still relevant.

Meltdown in Motown: A Nation forum in Detroit gauges the city's pain and looks for solutions.

China has changed enormously since the 1989 massacre, but the Communist Party continues to deny what happened. Americans, too, continue to misremember a complex event.

Conservatives should think twice before using Sonia Sotomayor's Latina identity against her.



It would be nice to blame the Gipper for the economic meltdown, but the facts don't support it. The real villains are closer at hand.

To gauge her judicial temperament, take a close look at Sonia Sotomayor's rulings in sports. Left-wing in theory, right-wing in practice--no wonder she clicked so smoothly with the Obama administration.


Graduates of the Bush years, initiates of the Obama era, here's a commencement address that's suitably obscure and yet somehow ringing.

Prochoice groups declared Monday a national day of mourning following the murder of Dr. George Tiller, a provider of late-term abortions who was long a target of antiabortion zealots.

Though President Obama met with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas on May 28, there's little evidence that the United States is encouraging real progress toward a two-state solution.

A longstanding rivalry between old friends shows what it takes to get into the New York Times.

Is Plan Colombia subsidizing narco-traffickers to cultivate biofuels on stolen lands?

Charter and merit pay advocates make up in lobbying what they lack in community support.

The war, as we learned from the photos of Abu Ghraib, produced torture. Before that happened, torture had produced war.

Obama's signature economic reforms are under siege. Without a grassroots challenge to business as usual, we won't get the change we were promised, much less the change we need.

Books & the Arts


J.J. Abrams's Star Trek, Ron Howard's Angels & Demons, Olivier Assayas's Summer Hours


Assessing the stealth, subterfuge and delusion of the Cheney vice presidency.