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May 21, 2012 | The Nation

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May 21, 2012

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Letters

Feedback on the April 23 issue: praise for Elizabeth Warren, Jonathan Schell and Katniss Everdeen, and an Italian lesson for Barry Schwabsky.

Editorials

Total debt now exceeds $1 trillion. We should write off existing debt and make public college free.

In the wake of the Mexican bribery scandal, liberals who had been wooed by the giant retailer are having second thoughts.

George Zornick on Al Armendariz and the EPA, John Nichols on Michigan’s Emergency Manager law, Katrina vanden Heuvel on Russia’s Pussy Riot case

British investigations reveal the shocking extent of his shady tactics. Can we really believe he hasn’t used the same methods here?

Columns

Americans who worry about dangerous trends overseas should take a look at warning signs much closer to home.

Why is it so hard to understand that women's rights are an economic issue?

Articles

Judging by his advisers, Romney would embrace Bush’s unilateral interventionism and massive military budgets.

As his trial unfolds, Norway exorcises some of its xenophobic demons.

The founder of Providence was the first to see that religious freedom, and separation of church and state, was intimately connected with political freedom.
 

Books & the Arts

Art

When is a little more than enough in a painting?

Book

In College, Andrew Delbanco explains the reversal of the postwar project of democratic expansion in higher education.

Book

Thomas Frank’s Pity the Billionaire is confused about the connection between the Tea Party and conservative cultural populism.

Crossword

Don’t miss Kosman and Picciotto’s crossword blog, Word Salad.