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May 31, 2010 | The Nation

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May 31, 2010

Cover: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels; Illustrations by Igor Kopelnitsky

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Spencer Woodman on organizing America's restaurant workers, Melissa Harris-Lacewell on blaming victims and Timothy Patrick McCarthy and John McMillian on America's radical roots.

Letters

Letters published in the May 31, 2010, issue of The Nation.

Editorials

Obama's Supreme Court nominee should be "borked."

America's Pakistan problem is getting worse, not better, on President Obama's watch.

Spring laurels for The Nation, plus Peter Weiss on Rhonda Copeland, and John Nichols on David Obey.

American radicalism has drawn its inspiration from the nation's revolutionary founding claims. Yet to refer to someone as radical is to risk offense.

Columns

The Tories want to make budget cuts fast and deep.

Those who most strongly believe that the world is fair are most likely to reconcile their distress about unearned suffering by blaming the victims.

If the boom years failed to lift poor mothers into the middle class, how are they faring now that the middle class is becoming the new poor?

Articles

Nick Clegg has taken the Liberal Democrats into government with the Tories, serving as deputy prime minister to David Cameron, a politician he has called "the con man of British politics." Where did it all go wrong?

A celebrated US program designed to employ Iraqis is called a “sham” that fed the resistance.

Hit hard by the recession, America's restaurant workers are fighting for a fair deal.

With the Olympics coming to town, the state seeks to reclaim the favelas.

Books & the Arts

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Kai Bird's Crossing Mandelbaum Gate is a meditation on the collective failure of Israelis and Palestinians to reconcile their histories of loss and victimhood.

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In The Age of Wonder, Richard Holmes lucidly charts how the Romantics were as transfixed by the failures of science as they were by its bright accomplishments.

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Jonathan Israel's epic defense of "Radical Enlightenment" has the dogmatic ring of a profession of faith.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the May 28, 1988, issue.