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May 17, 2004 | The Nation

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May 17, 2004

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John Nichols asks what Dick Cheney did in the war, Patricia J. Williams explores the blowback of war, repression and trauma, and Arthur C. Danto reviews the Whitney Biennial 2004.

Letters

Editorials

On October 29, 2002, George W. Bush signed the Help America Vote Act
(HAVA). Hidden behind its apple-pie-and-motherhood name lies a nasty
civil rights time bomb.

It is time--past time--for John Kerry to tell Americans what he is
about.

Dick Cheney has positioned himself as the Bush Administration's point
man in the ongoing work of questioning the national security credentials
of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joh

By the most conservative estimates, the March for Women's Lives in
Washington on April 25 was the biggest pro-choice demo ever--and it may
have been the biggest march of any kind in US history.

GIVE ME YOUR CORPORATE BIG BUCKS...

Columns

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President Bush is again refusing to take responsibility
for any of the horrors happening on his watch.

The stark fact that significant portions of our planet are under the
supervision of exceptionally stupid and ill-informed people is provoking
unwonted expressions of anger and alarm.

Can we please stop calling it a quagmire? The United States isn't mired
in a bog or a marsh in Iraq (quagmire's literal meaning); it is
free-falling off a cliff.

One of my favorite little films is a satirical documentary titled
Babakiueria.

Republicans say Kerry might have got

Some wounds, but not the kind that hurt a lot.

Their own man cannot ever be accused

Articles

Howard Stern: Free-speech hero.

The marriage-equality movement confronts anti-gay sentiment among blacks.

Critics see him as unfit to oversee records, noting his dubious ethical standards.

Books & the Arts

Art

Several of the recent Whitney Biennials have aspired to something more than a display of "the latest in American Art," to cite the phrase used to advertise the current show.

Book

I was 25 when I and the rest of black South Africa were eligible to vote
for the first time. South Africa celebrated the tenth anniversary of
that event this April.

Book

"This is a book written in the presence of music." So begins Geoffrey
O'Brien's sprawling memoir-cum-critical essay, and the reader is tempted
to ask: What book isn't?