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June 25, 2007 | The Nation

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June 25, 2007

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Gara LaMarche on criminal justice reform, Patricia Williams on juries and the death penalty, and a Susan Stewart poem.

Editorials

Guilt-ridden mothers send ailing kids to school or daycare for fear of losing their jobs. Isn't it time for paid family leave?

A bloated overclass can drag down a society as surely as a swelling underclass.

The punitive rage directed at illegal immigrants grows out of a larger blindness to the manual labor that makes our lives possible.

As we begin our final hour with Tony Soprano and his two families, it's hard not to feel a familiar sense of loss.

Criminal justice reform, absent from the progressive agenda, must be a priority for Democratic candidates.

It's going to be a hungry summer for low-income kids on vacation from school lunch programs.

Expect no changes as Bush Administration hit man Robert Zoellick takes the helm of the World Bank.

Will the Supreme Court declare banks immune from liability for their role in the Enron debacle?

The President's phony internationalism falls flat at the G-8 summit, more proof he has eroded US global leadership and cooperation.

Columns

TruthDig

What would have happened if, by some twist of fate, Sen. Joe Lieberman had ended up in the White House instead of George W. Bush?

The latest Supreme Court ruling on the death penalty will give prosecutors huge latitude to pick jurors who enthusiastically embrace capital punishment.

Music

The Roberts Court rules that six months into being screwed by your boss, pay discrimination is your own damn fault.

Even more contrarian thinking about global warming.

Articles

After a surprisingly peaceful weekend of rallies, the first signs of dialogue between the Other Russia movement and the Kremlin are emerging. Will it last?

The Iraq War, the declining supply of oil and a flood of US currency are setting the stage for economic disaster.

MAPlight.org, a Berkeley-based online watchdog, is breaking ground by using technology to track how political contributions shape legislation.

The educational odysseys of Hunter College's foreign-born graduates disprove the lies spread by anti-immigrant politicians.

Beyond its power to jail terror detainees, the Military Commissions Act is the spearhead of a more sustained and long-term incursion on all our civil liberties. It must be rolled back.

As leaders of the G-8 Summit played power politics at an opulent resort, protesters displayed a people's power, in demonstrations and at an alternative summit.

To mainstream media, the Bush Administration's full-scale garrisoning of Planet Earth is simply not a news story. But in Iraq beyond, America's empire of permanent bases grows at an alarming pace.

The US guest-worker program has locked thousands in a modern-day form of indentured servitude.

An increasingly outspoken community of atheists and agnostics is getting fed up with being marginalized, ignored and insulted.

Books & the Arts

Television

With an ominous sense of foreboding, Tony Soprano takes his last drive down the Jersey Turnpike, after seven seasons and 86 bloody, sexy, curse-ridden episodes.

Film

12:08 East of Bucharest is a hilariously bleak film set on the sixteenth anniversary of Romania's revolution.

Poetry

In the Iliad, there is no natural death--
everything comes about by intent
as if the pulse and very breath
we take were something meant

Book

China has become like Israel: No matter the party, no matter the leader, the US government will defend its actions.