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November 10, 2008

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John Nichols on progressives in the next Congress; Amy Alexander on Tom Joyner, Megan Buskey on Josef Koudelka

Letters


Obama Campaign Answers The Nation

Chicago

Editorials

Incessant cries for help--and money--from people running campaigns are destroying my peace of mind.

Dallas DJ Tom Joyner is encouraging African-American listeners to engage in electoral politics.

A wave of progressive women candidates could help steer the next Congress in new directions on war and peace, fair trade and civil liberties.

Lucas Mann on new voters, Cole Robertson and Robert Eshelman on ballot initiatives, Katrina vanden Heuvel on the Working Families Party.

The slumping economy has made GOP smear tactics seem petty and shrill--but they're looking forward to their next shot.

As a nation hopeful for change heads to the polls, there is reason to believe progressive voices will be heard.

Columns

Howl

Doesn't anyone in Washington have the courage to pull the plug on an industry on life support?

TruthDig

Even his core supporters get it: Someone's got to pay for this mess, and better those who got rich off the stock market theft than the rest of us.

Howl

New York's City Council grants Mayor Michael Bloomberg the opportunity to run for a third term. He'll probably win, but will New Yorkers?

Music

The culture wars may fail at the top of the ticket this year, but expect right-wing mayhem further down the ballot.

Never has the dead hand of the past had a "reform" candidate so firmly by the windpipe.

Articles

United Steelworkers Union prez Leo Gerard cracks open the sweetheart deal that bailed out nine banks--and likely lined the Treasury Secretary's own pockets--with billions of taxpayer dollars. Does anybody care?

Members of India's poorest classes who converted to Christianity to escape the caste system, now find themselves the targets of brutal persecution by Hindu nationalists.

Knocking on doors for Obama, a native son discovers how things have changed.

Just months after the Keating Five scandal, John McCain hosted a family reunion at a Bermuda Navy base--on the taxpayer's dime.

The soldier and the rich guy await their fates in the afterlife, while Cynthia Kang's brother gets in way over his head.

Ralph Nader is a man of political substance, trapped in an era of easy lies.

At a third-party candidates' debate before a tiny audience in Washington Thursday, Ralph Nader continued to prove he takes this race seriously.

Republicans are scapegoating the respected community advocacy group for Wall Street's disastrous lending spree.

A close look at dirty tricks in key swing states.

Pieces of Karl Rove's plan to suppress the votes of students, minorities, the transient and the elderly are still in place--and could threaten any races that are remotely close.

North Carolinians have fallen, surprisingly for Obama. But how hard?

Books & the Arts

A new book and companion exhibition highlight a Czech photographer's stunning snapshots of the Soviet invasion of Prague.

Book

Tribalism is in vogue among conservative Middle East scholars. But a better understanding comes from investigating regional ties rather than sectarian divisions.

Crossword

From the March 20, 1948, issue.


ACROSS

 1 Awful pain, with a word of course that could be produced onstage, only put on by women. (8)