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November 11, 2002

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William Greider suggests a changing of the Democratic leadership, Jack Newfield explains why NYC Democrats are in despair and Stuart Klawans reviews Punch-Drunk Love.

Editorials

This is the text of the speech given by the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., at the anti-war rally in Washington, DC, on Saturday, October 26.

The party of tired blood badly needs a "regime change" of its own. For
the greater good of the Democrats, Gephardt and Daschle should go.

Cartoonist Jules Feiffer dropped a pinpoint protest on First Lady
Laura Bush's National Book Festival on October 12 in Washington.

Is Bill Kristol the Antichrist?

One of the great disappointments of recent decades is that Democrats
have more or less swallowed whole the underlying economic theories of
their Republican rivals.

As the United Nations Security Council neared approval of a resolution
on Iraq, it appeared that Council resistance was giving way to rising US
pressure.

The Democrats and Republicans will convene after the election to choose
their leaders for the next Congress.

Columns

scheer

Call me a McGovern wimp, but it was refreshing to run into the man himself and be reminded by this genuine patriot and war hero of just how thoughtless is the current rush to war with Iraq.

Music

The New York City public school system doesn't have the money, time or
organizational skills to make sure every child has a dictionary--or a
desk.

Stop the Presses

In a weapons producing nation under Jesus
In the fabled crucible of the free world
Camera crews search for clues amid the detritus
And entertainment shapes the land

Unanimous is what the vote count was.
He didn't miss a voter, to our knowledge.
The triumph his, he now remains in charge,
Unless he lost in the Electoral College.

Articles

The USA Patriot Act was passed with much fanfare last October, but it was soon clear that lawmakers passed the package without examining all the parts.

For grassroots economic and social justice activists, there was never any doubt about the identity of their representative in Washington.

As one of the largest private employers in Africa, the Coca-Cola Company could
dramatically alter the course of HIV/AIDS.

It's Friday afternoon in early October at the Working Families Party's
shabby but bustling headquarters in downtown Brooklyn, and no one is
going home early.

The house organ for America's political class is pushing Bush's case for war.

Unions have improved their political game but are unhappy with the
results.

Governor Pataki's effective Gary Cooper imitation leaves Democrats in despair.

Democrat Paul Wellstone, the only vulnerable incumbent senator to vote
against blank-check authorization to use force against Iraq, is locked
in one of the year's closest Senate contests.

The man behind the "Jeffords Jump" is aiding Democratic efforts to stay on top.

Books & the Arts

Film

Although I'm mad for Paul Thomas Anderson's new picture, Punch-Drunk
Love
, I also suspect it's made me a little crazy.

Book

Six years ago, in 1996, the government of Guatemala and the guerrilla
groups it had fought bitterly for thirty-six years signed an ambitious
set of peace accords.

Coming as it did in the final weeks of a precarious re-election
campaign, incumbent German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's resolute
"No" to German participation in any US-led war on Iraq was