June 22, 2009 | The Nation

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June 22, 2009

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

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How Do You Say 'Sotomayor'?

Olympia, Wash.


The biggest names in Wall Street banking are back to business as usual. And if they're wrong in declaring the financial crisis over, the big losers will be President Obama and the American taxpayer.

A pending amendment to the $100 billion war spending bill also authorizes suppression of hundreds of torture photos. Will MoveOn use its muscle to stand up for progressive principles?

If Democrats don't stand up to the banking lobby, it's unlikely that necessary and real credit reform will take place.

It was Tom Paine, ink-stained wretch and citizen of the world, who first roused American patriots to action.

Grassroots activists take on the banking industry on the question of bankruptcy reform.

Will the CIA tell Congress the truth? Would Congress listen if it did?

Barnett Slepian was the last abortion provider to be gunned down in America, in 1998--until George Tiller.

Voting rights for Kuwaiti women; Steve Earle's tribute to Townes Van Zandt; remembering Amos Elon

The nationalization of General Motors and the offshoring of its jobs are yet another sign that we are moving toward a jobless recovery.



The head of the FDIC is looking out for taxpayers--and that's why the big guys on Wall Street and their allies in the Obama administration are out to get her.

Progressives looking for a team to back in the NBA Finals should steer clear of the Orlando Magic, since their owner, Dick DeVos, is a powerful right-wing zealot.

As alleged spy conspiracies go, the case against Izzy is thinner than Paris Hilton.

Seeking balance on the scales of justice.


With the departure of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from Washington and the arrival of Barack Obama, it may just be back to the future when it comes to torture policy.

From Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone, tales of the Devil and wise women, torturers and the tortured.

In boom and in bust, homeless encampments are a product of inequality and neglect.

America has built an elite and lethal counterterrorism force. But who's calling the shots?

Books & the Arts


What are the intellectual costs of recasting Lincoln and Darwin into heroes for our troubled times?

A conversation with the author of Fair Use: Notes From Spam about spam, scambaiters and language games.


Sweet Land of Liberty is a bold, if decidedly underdramatic, rewriting of civil rights history.



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