May 5, 2008 | The Nation

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May 5, 2008

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Diverse opinions on the Fed, the New Deal...and more about our choice of words.


Conversations with historian John Hope Franklin and civil rights heroes about race, memory and the possibility of change.

By trying to inflict maximum damage on Obama, she's threatening the Democratic Party's chances for the White House. Progressives need to intervene.

Another Middle East peace conference? Statesmen instead should have the moral and political courage to end the massive hoax the peace process has become.

With this issue The Nation debuts a new feature: "Back Talk,"
Q&A's with literary, cultural and otherwise notable figures.

Frederika Randall on Berlusconi's return, John Nichols on fast-tracking Colombia, Jayati Vora on Patrick Cockburn's Muqtada, Christopher Hayes on the new Israel lobby.

Online activists are shining much-needed light on superdelegates, revealing who they are and how they'll vote--and asking why we need them.

Three women contractors raped in Iraq testify before a Senate committee: why has the Justice Department failed to prosecute crimes like these?

Boycotts of the Beijing Olympics are easy. What's harder is moving China towards meaningful progress on human rights.



Hillary Clinton's intemperate remarks about "obliterating" Iran cloud her primary win with questions about her judgment.

The Warriors will miss this year's NBA playoffs, but they can still be winners by reaching out to at-risk youth in Oakland.

If Obama's remarks on poor white voters were gauche, the responses they elicited have been galling.

The politics of tenure at Barnard and beyond.


By equating money with free speech, is the Supreme Court defending the right of the rich to steal elections?

Does living in mixed communities make people less or more vulnerable to campaigning that plays on ethnic and racial divisions?

Tibetan-led youth groups are proving the power of grassroots organizing with their highly effective Beijing Olympics protests.

In this week's episode of our political novella, Congresswoman Kang finds the trail to the truth is more crooked than straight.

This year nearly 700,000 inmates in US prisons will be granted their freedom. And in a rare act of bipartisanship, a new law provides millions to rehabilitate them.

In an open letter to ABC News, a group of journalists and media analysts condemns the network's poor handling of the latest Clinton/Obama faceoff.

Post-cold war America is looking a lot like the former Soviet Union.

Democratic activism and Obama's campaign have turned Doylestown, Pennsylvania, from solid red to purple--maybe even blue.

Can Barack Obama get racially mixed communities in Pennsylvania's small towns to bowl together?

The media's portrayal of Obama's former pastor as racist reflects an ignorance about the black church and its rhetorical traditions.

Books & the Arts

The Kindle e-reader lightens your load, but can you curl up with it in bed?

In the debut of a new biweekly series, the author of Human Smoke discusses pacifism and World War II.

The versatile vocalist Mable John, now a novelist and minister, has come a long way since the 1960s soul era that made her (almost) famous.


Peppered with moving, thought-provoking elements, the photographic exhibition "Archive Fever" is fascinating but essentially incoherent.


Two books dissect the contentious, confusing debate over gun control and the frequently misinterpreted Second Amendment.

3rd Party Article

A New York skateboard manufacturer is creating green-collar jobs.

"It really does bother me because I still understand I could have been killed so easy, and there is no explanation why I wasn't."