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The editors on Tony Kushner and academic freedom, Allison Kilkenny on US Uncut, and Alexander Cockburn on President Obama and Osama bin Laden.

Editorials

In Republican "trifecta" states, the backlash against the GOP's radical social agenda has begun.

It is shameful that CUNY colluded so thoughtlessly in an attempt to narrow the bounds of acceptable public discourse.

Bin Laden's death offers President Obama a chance to end the war in Afghanistan and to prevent one in Pakistan.

Liliana Segura on Obama's immigration policy, D.D. Guttenplan and Maria Margaronis on the UK's faltering Liberal Democrats, and Frank Askin on electoral reform in New Jersey.

The agreement to end the schism between the two Palestinian factions reflects the profound political changes underway in the Middle East.

The Spanish judge who dared to hold brutal human rights violators to account is now fighting for his legal career.

When the lines between fantasy, desire, action and intent have been so blurred, the thought itself becomes the crime.

Columns

To launch his reelection bid, the president took up a longstanding American tradition: extrajudicial political assassinations.

The GOP's hardcore antichoice policies are turning off more and more female voters, creating a huge opportunity for Democrats.

Articles

Former agents say Army accountability after Abu Ghraib was a whitewash.

Under attack, labor and its allies are redirecting energy and resources to state-level fights.

Only the deepest cuts in the country will satisfy this crowd. Will the treatment kill the patient?

Facing a state budget that guts public jobs and services, a progressive coalition comes alive.

The fast-growing protest group believes that instead of asking citizens to sacrifice, government should demand that corporations pay their taxes.

Why should those worth hundreds of millions pay tax at the same rate as those who are middle class?

A financial activities tax (FAT) would encourage long-term investing and help plug budget deficits. Can states rally to pass them?

Books & the Arts

Film

How B-movie directors and young mavericks rattled Hollywood's dream machine.

Book

John Kenneth Galbraith was a satirist of economics as much as a practitioner of it.

Book

In Fire Season Philip Connors offers a tribute to the life of solitude he leads as a fire lookout in the Gila National Forest.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the May 15, 1976, issue.