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November 13, 2006 | The Nation

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November 13, 2006

Cover: Cover painting by Keith Hollingsworth, one of a series, acrylic and collage on canvas; cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Mark Hertsgaard examines the dangers of nuclear waste, Gary Younge deconstructs Obamarama, Ari Berman parses the Democratic ground game.

Letters

Our August 28/September 4 issue on immigration set off an avalanche of
furious mail.

Editorials

Instant Runoff Voting will get a crucial test in four local elections on
November 7.

The Nation Institute establishes the Spira-Lopez Journalism
Internship for college students and graduates of Hispanic or Latino
origin.

Her writing--sharp, satirical, infused with the spirit of skepticism--reminds us that dissent rescues democracy from a quiet death behind closed doors.

A G-8 plan to ramp up nuclear energy is defended as a necessary
response to global warming. But the nuclear waste it generates will hurt
people and the planet.

November 7 is suddenly looking like a fateful election that could
change the flow of politics in ways nobody anticipated.

Columns

TruthDig

We are now led by a false warrior who acts the simpleton, while playing to his version of what Middle America wants. To stop the madness, on November 7 voters must soundly repudiate what Bush has wrought.

Howl

College presidents are living in baronial splendor, some with salaries, benefits and perks of $1 million or more. And you wonder why the cost of tuition is so high?

Barack Obama has fallen prey to the soft bigotry of unreasonable
expectations from both the right and left.

Journalism's in crisis, crushed by Wall Street and tarnished by a
failure of nerve. As newspapers die and fake news proliferates, who will
provide reliable information vital to a functioning democracy?

What passes now for West Wing policy is whatever will cover their
collective derrieres.

Articles

Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood's new president, leads an
organization searching for new national strategies, as a crucial vote in
South Dakota tests its grassroots clout.

Dogged by a history of crude responses to abortion, euthanasia and gay marriage, Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum is trailing his Democratic foe. But a cadre of influential Catholic conservatives are already crafting a post-Santorum, post-Bush strategy.

Republican adman Scott Howell has racked up a startling Democratic body count with his signature hyperemotional style. Will his attack on Harold Ford Jr. succeed or backfire?

The GOP's one-party rule has created a constitutional crisis that threatens America's future. By pulling the right lever on November 7, voters can throw this party out of office.

By denying a noted Islamic religious scholar entry to the United States because of his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Bush Administration reveals its inability to deal with the realities of the Middle East.

Republicans are hoping voters will forget about Iraq, Bush and the GOP
Congress. But these are the issues that will drive Democrats and
independents to the polls.

Blackwater USA has a new attorney to defend it against a wrongful death
lawsuit by families of four contractors killed in Iraq: Kenneth Starr.

This year will be remembered both for massive immigrants rights marches and
for the Al Qaedization of immigrants.

While Democrats on the national level dream of a landslide, in
California, the party is facing another electoral debacle.

Harold Ford has wooed and wowed white conservatives in Tennessee with a mash-up of star power, earthy eloquence and a contrarian right-wingery that has driven the GOP to take drastic measures.

Books & the Arts

Seeking to arouse America's compassion, five photojournalists have documented the suffering of terrorized refugees from Darfur in an exhibition that will travel to cities around the country.

Book

Two new books examine the diverse and ambitious alliances that led to the end of slavery in America.

Poetry

On this side of the window
A shower of chrysanthemum.
Outside, torrential rain.

Book

The history of twentieth-century France depicts a struggle between the republican ideal of a unitary state and the shifting concerns of a pluralistic society.

Film

It doesn't matter that Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette is a dreadful film, but it is alarming that the past is increasingly seen as a place in which the most important thing of all is who's, like, famous.

3rd Party Article

Students party with Bill Murray, toga-clad public apologies, and more news from schools across the country.

Mocking animal rights, barbecue's grasp for attention goes up in smoke.

Onion

The National Republican Congressional Committee allocates its remaining $256 million cash-on-hand to an Arizona incumbent in the hopes of retaining at least one House seat.

President Bush said Monday that members of the opposition party are the only ones who can make the November operation a success.