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November 2, 2009

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The Editors on Obama's Nobel, Alexander Cockburn on the method behind the Nobel Prize madness, Calvin Trillin on the Nobel Committee's explanation

Editorials

Max Baucus's scheme to tax the benefits of workers slightly better off--so revenue can be raised for private insurance subsidies--is a lose-lose proposition.

The most effective way to fight violence in schools is not the widespread "zero tolerance" model. Thankfully, Clayton County, Georgia, may have the perfect solution.

By embracing the left instead of running to the center, New Jersey's Democratic Governor Jon Corzine has revitalized his once-troubled re-election campaign.

GOP obstruction of Obama appointees continues to succeed; an immigration-policing program draws substantial heat; The Nation's Gary Younge receives Britain's prestigious James Cameron Memorial Award.

A growing number of lawmakers are starting to ask: if ACORN's federal funding should be under intense scrutiny, why aren't the billions of dollars going to out-of-control contractors being regulated?

Did the president deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize? No, of course not. But he still has a chance to earn it.

Columns

TruthDig

If we could get one of the banking lobbyists to float a duct-taped flying saucer balloon, Wolf Blitzer might cover the real hoax.

Just because the United States is trying to be a global team player again doesn't mean the game gets better rules.

Music

Leftist parties in Germany offer a range of choices but no cohesive challenge to the right.

People shouldn't take Peace Prizes too seriously except under those rare circumstances when a prize committee somewhere gets it right.

Articles

A Congressional Budget Office report suggesting that a robust public option would actually cut the deficit seems to have lit a fire under Speaker Pelosi.

Nightmare on Wall Street
continues--come March 2010, AIG plans on upping the bonuses for its
Financial Products division to nearly $200 million, bringing the total
to $426 million since December 2008.

When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, the only neutral filmmaker in the country was Julien Bryan. His round-the-clock footage of Warsaw's destruction, assembled in Siege, is now again on view.

Will today's US-armed ally be tomorrow's enemy?

Obama makes reassuring noises about constraining executive power and protecting civil liberties, but then adopts whatever appalling policy Bush put in place.

Happy days are here again--if you're Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase.

The first female winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics serves as both a landmark and an alarming reflection of the limited role of women in the physical sciences.

Some public servants collect their reward after leaving government. Gene Sperling, adviser to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, earned his before.

Hundreds of Palestinian children are imprisoned in Israeli jails every year. Their story, overlooked in recent media reports, tells the true cost of the occupation.

An influential Pentagon strategist advocates a fifty-year counterinsurgency campaign.

Tom Dine, for thirteen years head of AIPAC, now works for a two-state solution and on improving US-Syrian relations.

The Jewish push for peace is surging through the grassroots, but leaders and policy-makers are still turning a deaf ear.

Books & the Arts

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For Jackson Lears, the United States remains in thrall to a bogus spiritual quest born of a refusal to face the tragedy of the Civil War.

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Technology has made us capable of exterminating ourselves. In The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood wonders what might save us.

Crossword


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