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June 9, 2003 | The Nation

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June 9, 2003

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James K. Galbraith argues against severe state budget cuts, Molly Ivins decries Texas's "Shiite Republicans" and Stuart Klawans reviews "The Matrix Reloaded."

Editorials

Truth has a way of asserting itself despite all attempts to obscure it. Distortion only serves to derail it for a time.

America needs jobs, and working families are hurting. At the same time,
the war in Iraq has heightened awareness of our dependence on foreign
oil and the vulnerability of our energy system.

Whatever happened to the "worst of the worst"?

These are dog days for Democrats. The top-gun President continues to
ride high in the polls, despite the chaos in Iraq.

Clarification: George W. Bush's proclamation of Al Qaeda as "not a problem anymore" was a reference to top Al Qaeda
operatives, not the entire organization. (06/04/03)

Columns

Of all the columns I've written, never have I gotten more mail than for
the following sentence: "It will not matter that the Dixie Chicks play
to full, cheering houses, while their current albu

Thank God for fakers! Matchless as deflaters of human and institutional
pretension, they furnish us rich measures of malicious glee at the
red-faced victims.

When he lands on the deck in his flight suit
To impress all the sailors he's greeting,
It looks grand, but there's one thing we're thinking:

Articles

"Our job is to make sure that the labor movement talks about how the militarization of US foreign policy hurts workers at home."

They're back now, but Texas's few living elected Democrats, who fled to
Oklahoma pursued by minions of the law, are said to remain unrepentant.
The proximate cause was a redistricting map, but

The chief flaw of this plan is its failure to focus on the Israeli
occupation.

Rejectionists on both sides are trying to undermine the fledgling
initiative.

US drug firms make the choice clear: our outrageous profits or your
life.

If Americans have done their best to forget the war, so have the
Vietnamese.

Eight state legislators who are making a difference.

Challenging the right's powerhouse.

Sentient observers know that American state and local governments face a
historic crisis--that they are cutting vital services and raising taxes,
mainly on those already most stressed in diffic

Important battles are being waged--and won--far beyond the Beltway.

Books & the Arts

Book

"Birds of America," by Lorrie Moore

Film

In the film from which there is no escape and no going back, The
Matrix
, the writer-director team of Andy and Larry Wachowski
presented a grim choice between truth and illusion.

Press

Writing may be fighting, as Ishmael Reed famously opined, but most
writers know the difference. There are, of course, some who blur the
line.

Poetry

In 1981 Carolyn Forché published a slim collection of verse, her
second, titled The Country Between Us.

Art

From the mid to the late 1920s, the German painter Christian Schad
produced a group of paintings like little else in modern art.