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March 3, 2008

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Alexander Cockburn on political mistakes, Frederika Randall on Italian politics, a poem by Charles Bernstein.

Letters


Men Got Them Post-Abortion Blues

Oakland, Calif.

Editorials

Voters drawn to Barack Obama are often criticized as naive. But appeals to our collective hope for a more decent society are core to the American experience.

Routinely ridiculed as a political eccentric, Kucinich is a braver progressive than most. As he fights for his political life, he deserves our support.

All of us, of whatever race, want a fresh start. That's what "change" means right now: Get us out of here!

Maryland progressive activist Donna Edwards upset veteran Congressman Al
Wynn in a Democratic "fight for the soul of the party" primary,
confirming that sentiment for change extends well beyond

Grassroots Democrats, parched for their party's attention, should play hardball with candidates on Iraq.

Uncommitted superdelegates, antiwar agitation in Berkeley, immunity for telecoms and more.

The depth and substance of Obama's youth phenomenon has yet to be tested.

While Obama was winning over Virginians he was not supposed to have a prayer with, McCain was losing some voters he must have.

The bloated military budget is choking our democracy--and it must become an issue in the presidential campaign.

After the losses of February, Hillary Clinton must start March with wins that restore her delegate lead.

Columns

TruthDig

He caused the Cuban people much suffering, but the giant to the north bears even greater responsibility for the island's plight.

Roger Clemens's face-off with lawmakers moved the guardians of our democracy far beyond the absurd.

Articles

Barack Obama has hastened his timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq, setting the stage for an election battle with John McCain and the forces of neoconservatism.

From the heaving deck of the USS Lake Erie, the Bush Administration takes shaky aim at a rogue satellite hurtling to Earh, carrying unknown secrets. The missile attack is purely humanitarian, they assure us.

Most authoritarians leave office in a coup or a coffin. Fidel Castro is leaving on his own terms.

In an exclusive interview, Col. Morris Davis, former chief prosecutor for Guantánamo's military commissions, says that the Pentagon has foreclosed the possibility of acquittals.

Our Story: As the probe into the supposed suicide of her
political mentor unfolds, Kang is grilled by an intriguing homicide
cop, and suddenly new troubles develop.

Name-calling, spitting, politicians fainting in the Senate chamber and a Catholic drive to "convert the Jews"--this is Italian politics.

In his recent memoir, former GOP insider Lincoln Chafee boldly decries the Bush era.

Christian-right activists look at falling birthrates among whites and rising Muslim immigration in Europe and warn of a looming "demographic winter."

Books & the Arts

Book

In Zeroville, Steve Erickson explores New Hollywood's promise and doom and the dissolution of cinema into spectacle.

Book

Two new books take a closer look at the "Soviet monster" in an age of lazy, anti-Communist rhetoric.

Poetry

Not for all the whiskey in heaven
Not for all the flies in Vermont
Not for all the tears in the basement
Not for a million trips to Mars

Book

The generation that came of age in Stalin's Russia was torn between perpetual fear and profound emotional investment in the Soviet ideal.