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May 7, 2012 | The Nation

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May 7, 2012

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Letters

Feedback on the April 9 issue: trusting government (“again?”), Katha Pollitt’s plea to affluent pro-choicers and Burt Neuborne's open letter to the ACLU

Editorials

To transform this bland, tired ritual into an occasion for spirited collective action, Earth Day must return to its roots.

Yes, the NRA and ALEC pushed pro-gun bills, but they were helped in many instances by Democrats too afraid to take on one of the culture war’s signal issues.

John Nichols on a big win against ALEC, Josh Eidelson on the killing of labor activist Aminul Islam, Melinda Tuhus on Connecticut's abolition compromise

It took pressure from progressives to get a partly decent mortgage fraud settlement. They can’t take their eyes off the prize now.

Columns

The brouhaha over Hilary Rosen’s comments was not really about whether what stay-home mothers do is work.

What makes this case exceptional is neither race nor the politics of self-defense alone but the total failure to investigate it for so long.

Articles

Gulf residents and cleanup workers continue to suffer serious health problems from the 2010 disaster, but the oil giant is not being held to account.

As the Keystone XL battle has shown, the blue-green alliance is in trouble—and only a deeper kind of solidarity can rescue it.

A DOJ probe into the mental health program at a medium security prison could put solitary confinement on trial.

Books & the Arts

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a superb, empathic account of life in a Mumbai undercity.

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Rodric Braithwaite, Jonathan Steele and Artemy Kalinovsky analyze the forgotten history of Afghan communism and the Soviet occupation.

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Mark Jordan and Jay Michaelson seek hope for gay religious practice in heretical churches and the Hebrew Bible.

Crossword

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