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June 4, 2012 | The Nation

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June 4, 2012

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Editorials

The president’s endorsement of same-sex marriage is a testament to the generations of activists who waged a brave and often lonely battle for gay rights.

In the June 5 recall election to unseat Gov. Scott Walker and his cronies, grassroots activists are fighting millions in corporate cash.

Ari Berman on Mitt Romney’s bogus job numbers.

Political watchdogs like PolitiFact and the Washington Post's "Fact-Checker" are accused of favoring Democrats—but it is the facts themselves that have a liberal bias.

Columns

Child-rearing fads aren’t really about children. They’re about regulating the behavior of women.

From the ethnic studies ban to firings over Travyon Martin, a strange hostility toward progressive education is emerging.

Books & the Arts

A postwar German novelist’s complicated legacy.

Book

Satantango will devour you, you and everything you know.

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In The Conflict, the French intellectual takes American mothering to task.

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Samuel Beckett wants you to have a less bad day.

Kurt Vonnegut sought to fool us with his eyes wide open.

Crossword

Don’t miss Kosman and Picciotto’s crossword blog, Word Salad.