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November 14, 2005

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  • Features

    Abramoff’s Last Stand

    Senator John McCain's latest Senate inquiry into über-lobbyist Jack Abramoff strikes deep in the corrupt heart of the Bush Administration.

    Ari Berman

  • Changing the Electoral Game in Colombia

    In a landmark ruling, Colombia's Constitutional Court has allowed President Alvaro Uribe to seek a second term. That's good news for the Bush Administration, which considers Uribe a staunch ally. But others in Colombia are not so sure.

    Liliana Segura

  • Senate Democrats Show Some Spine

    Senate minority leader Harry Reid forced Republicans into a closed-door session Tuesday to examine the Administration's use and misuse of intelligence on Iraq. Could Democrats finally be acting like an opposition party?

    John Nichols

  • Rising Prices + Higher Interest Rates = Middle-Class Misery

    Interest rates nosed higher today as the Federal Reserve Board sought to control inflation. But the impact of runaway inflation is already being felt by workers whose wages will stagnate and whose earning power is on a steep decline.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Did Cheney Know Plame Was Undercover?

    The indictment of I. Lewis Libby indictment casts Vice President Dick Cheney in a key role in the CIA leak investigation: It suggests Cheney had reason to suspect Valerie Wilson was a covert officer.

    David Corn

  • Scott Ritter and Seymour Hersh: Iraq Confidential

    Iraq is a nation on fire, a conflagration of America's making that threatens to consume everything the nation stands for. How did we get there? How do we get out? Can we get out?

    The Nation

  • The White House Criminal Conspiracy

    The Bush Administration should be prosecuted for conspiracy to defraud the United States by using half-truths and recklessly false statements to lead the country into an illegal war. This article, is a collaboration with TomDispatch.com.

    Elizabeth de la Vega

  • Salvador Memories

    An exhibit at the International Center of Photography showcasing the brutal images of the civil war in El Salvador should remind the Pentagon and the public that the "Salvador Option" currently considered by the military leads directly to the charnel house.

    Scott Sherman

  • Say It Ain’t So, Big Leagues

    Strip-mining the Dominican Republic for talent, Major League Baseball periodically plucks one lucky boy from his home and family and gives him a dream for a better life. But what happens the other 99 left behind in "baseball factories," still hoping?

    Dave Zirin

  • Corruption of Hope in Brazil

    Luis Inacio Lula da Silva came into power in 2002 on a wave of populist support for an era of socialist politics and participatory democracy. But da Silva has offered the people of Brazil a corrupt leadership instead.

    Hilary Wainwright

  • The Question of Kurdistan

    The Kurds have almost no natural resources and suffer from a culture of corruption. But their call for autonomy is a serious threat to the building of a united Iraq.

    Christian Parenti

  • Editorials

    New Medicare Benefit Helps Only Drug Companies

    Why are so few elderly people signing up for the new Medicare drug benefit? It's cumbersome, costly and totally confusing.

    Dr. Marc Siegel

  • Serious Questions for Samuel A. Alito Jr.

    Questions for Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr.: What are the rights of an individual before the law? Are these rights any different from what Alito views as the rights of a corporation?

    Morton Mintz

  • Can Dems Say ‘Finito’ to ‘Scalito’?

    If the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court becomes the titanic battle that both sides in the judicial wars have been anticipating for years, Democrats must create a new playbook. If they stick to the same old strategies, they could end up wishing that Harriet Miers had fared better.

    David Corn

  • Lessons From the Miers Debacle

    What have Bush and his allies learned from this sorry epidode? Intellectual substance matters. Executive privilege is not absolute. Roe v. Wade is a bear trap for the GOP.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Minority/Majority

    The attempt to fashion a distinct Democratic identity was temporarily halted when Elaine Kamarck and William Galston published a self-serving call for Democrats to move to the "center." But nearly every Senate Democrat voted for a raise in the minimum wage, a clear move exclusive to the party.

    David Sirota

  • In Fact…

    ROSA PARKS, 1913-2005

    the Editors

  • State of the Magazines

    On both sides of the Atlantic, liberal news magazines facing declining circulation have started to play into the celebrity culture. But there are gems that have the power to carry our culture through its Las Vegas-ization.

    Victor Navasky

  • A Tale of Two Tragedies

    The Pakistan earthquake has left 3.3 million people homeless--far more than the tsunami. But suffering Pakistanis are either being preyed upon by Islamist groups or ignored by the uniformed establishment--with no sign of recovery.

    Tariq Ali

  • Conservative Crackup

    Bush's lavish subsidies and reckless attempts to export democracy through the barrel of a gun violate conservative principles. Republican realists are finally catching on.

    Eyal Press

  • Culture of Collusion

    The deceit and misinformation evidenced in the CIA leak scandal is poison to an open society. We need a tough investigation of how the American people were misled on the Iraq war, a more skeptical media and real leadership from Democrats.

    the Editors

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  • Books and the Arts

    Madam President, Madam President

    As the backlash against women gets daily more open and absurd, our real-life female politicians seem paralyzed. It's up to television now: Run, Geena, run!

    Katha Pollitt

  • Another Miracle From Bill Frist

    The doctor who proved himself a master of distant diagosis has one more trick up his sleeve.

    Calvin Trillin

  • State of the Magazines

    On both sides of the Atlantic, liberal news magazines facing declining circulation have started to play into the celebrity culture. But there are gems that have the power to carry our culture through its Las Vegas-ization.

    Victor Navasky

  • Salvador Memories

    An exhibit at the International Center of Photography showcasing the brutal images of the civil war in El Salvador should remind the Pentagon and the public that the "Salvador Option" currently considered by the military leads directly to the charnel house.

    Scott Sherman

  • Passion

    It isn't the choir of small boys, casting about, singing shyly or
    It isn't  with perfect oval mouths,

    David Mason

  • Writer’s Block

    An e-mail from my rabbi, who's moved to the West Coast,
    says they're "happier than pigs in shit." Something
    forced about that. People with a new grandchild don't boast

    Alan Feldman

  • The Uncertainty Principle

    By writing a novel about a conventional novelist writing about a conventional man, J.M. Coetzee's latest work illuminates the role of the novel and cuts through typical and tired theories on fiction.

    Pankaj Mishra

  • The War of the Liberals

    Power and the Idealists clings to the notion that the Iraq War was waged for humanitarian ideals, while At the Point of a Gun documents the inner torment of humanitarian interventionists who, without forgetting Rwanda and Bosnia, have gazed into the Iraqi abyss.

    Stephen Holmes

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