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May 14, 2012 Issue

Cover art by: Cover photo by Dorothea Lange/Library of ­Congress, design by Milton Glaser ­Incorporated

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  • Editorials

    A Fight Bigger Than ALEC

    As campaigns against the right-wing group continue, we must fight its sabotaging of voting rights across the country.

    the Editors

  • What Teachers Want

    New studies show that many teachers are unhappy in their jobs—and in this climate of austerity, it's no wonder.

    Dana Goldstein

  • Noted

    Elizabeth Whitman on participatory budgeting, Jessica Valenti on dirty tricks against Planned Parenthood, Scott Sherman on the fight over the New York Public Library, plus: the death penalty on trial

    Various Contributors

  • A New Low in Attacks on Freedom of Speech

    Tarek Mehanna got seventeen years in prison for translating a document.

    David Cole

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  • Letters


    Response to Tom Hayden’s “Participatory Democracy,” with Hayden’s reply, and to Linda Darling-Hammond’s “Redlining Our Schools.” Plus a couple historical corrections.

    Our Readers and Tom Hayden