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May 2, 2011 | The Nation

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May 2, 2011

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Alexander Cockburn on Rupert Murdoch’s Watergate, John S. Friedman on a genocide trial in Kansas and Calvin Trillin on trickle-down economics

Editorials

For every $1 raised by closing tax loopholes for wealthy Americans, Obama proposes $2 in spending cuts.

When it looked like Obama might cave to the Republican attack on the EPA, the outcry from environmental organizations was swift. And it worked.

Kate Murphy reports on where your taxes really go; Adam Federman asks how green natural gas really is.

Despite a “reconsideration” on the part of its author, the Goldstone Report remains as vital as ever for understanding the 2008-2009 Gaza conflict.

Since the US government prosecuted Nazi war crimes, there have been no criminal prosecutions of genocide here in America—until now.

Columns

An invasion of privacy scandal threatens the careers to two of Murdoch's top executives and the apparent heir the News Corp. empire.

Planned Parenthood's funding may have survived, but Congress still trampled on women's rights.

Articles

The history of our nation has many rich and vibrant hues—some of them red.

Measurements of economic growth fail to capture many facets of well-being.

The Sarkozy commission advanced new ways of measuring progress—but hurdles remain.

Books & the Arts

Book

The Cross of Redemption tells the story of James Baldwin as a working writer: casual, lax and preachy, but also honest, angry and brilliant.

Book

Rosa Luxemburg wanted it all: books and music, sex and art, evening walks and the revolution. Her lover, Leo Jogiches, told her this was nonsense.

Book

Ann Blair’s Too Much to Know explains how across the centuries the profusion of information has always inspired readers to invent shortcuts to knowledge.

Crossword

From the April 17, 1976, issue. Voting has closed for Frank Lewis’s replacement. Winner TBA.