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March 31, 2008

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Calvin Trillin on Mike Huckabee, Alexander Cockburn on Eliot Spitzer, Debbie Nathan on the brutal death of Javier Domínguez.

Editorials

In March 2009, no matter who is president, Iraq will still be hell on Earth.

The Spitzer affair's obvious rationality continues to elude the therapists, sexperts and pundits for whom shame is the game.

False claims about Obama intended to stoke racial and religious fear are trickling from the far right to the mainstream media.

The trial for the murder of undocumented immigrant Francisco Javier Domínguez stripped him of his humanity. The retrial must not make the same mistake.

The 2008 presidential election could signal the most dramatic political shift since Reagan.

Holding Democratic primaries in Florida and Michigan a second time would send the message that Americans do not need to accept illegitimate elections.

Bush has made history by being the first American President to use his veto power to preserve torture.

PEACE SIGNS: Dusting off an old Clintonian catchphrase, United
for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) has found a new way to sum up the
connection between the war in Iraq and the econom

Among the major causes of the current economic crisis is the staggering cost of the war in Iraq.

Columns

Protest is as much a part of the Olympic tradition as lighting the
torch.

TruthDig

Presiding over a disastrous war and an unconscionable taxpayer bailout of Wall Street, why is George W. Bush still smiling?

Howl

As the federal bailout of the banking industry continues, is it too much to ask that McCain, Clinton and Obama abandon their blue-sky promises and address reality?

Just once it would be nice to see a male politician caught in a sex scandal stand up there at a press conference all by himself.

Was there a medium-sized right-wing conspiracy to nail Eliot Spitzer?

Comix Nation

Saying goodbye to the Republicans' funniest candidate.

Articles

When it comes to unsavory religious affiliations, Hillary Clinton is a lot more vulnerable than Obama.

Cracking down once again in Tibet, China seeks to control the script on its flawed human rights record, yet still be regarded as a suitable host for the Olympics. Dream on.

Clinton and Obama each have nuanced plans to ban private security firms from Iraq. The difference is how they're spinning them.

The uproar over intemperate remarks by Obama's former pastor reveals all that's repellant in our national discourse over race, religion and politics.

To mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War, some daily inspiration from the experts who led us there.

On the bicentennial of the abolition of the slave trade, a documentarian tries to come to grips with her family's history in the trade.

This week's episode of Citizen Kang: The Congresswoman's chief of staff gets shot at and Kang lets her mind wander into dangerous territory.

One of Gen. Petraeus's top advisors advocates a return to the global Phoenix program used during the Vietnam War.

Young people drawn into combat by the "economic draft" are being treated just as poorly as all the other workers in this neoliberal economy.

Spending on the war in Iraq is a job killer. Ending the war would be the real stimulus package.

Unwise words from the "experts" who promised a cost-free war.

Who's losing and who's winning at home from the US occupation of Iraq?

Books & the Arts

Susan Faludi's Terror Dream made a provocative splash, but therapy is no substitute for understanding reality.

Book

In his poetry Roberto Bolaño gave himself over to the subversive, to antiheroes, ballad and saga.

Book

The collected nonfiction of Roberto Bolaño is a treasure trove filled with straw and dust, jewels and gold.

Book

The imaginary fascists in Roberto Bolaño's ironic encyclopedia Nazi Literature in the Americas bear a complex relationship to reality.

3rd Party Article

Conservative efforts to demonize undocumented immigrants have only energized a new generation of immigrant rights leaders.

A generation of incarcerated Bay Area youth seizes the pen.