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November 26, 2007 | The Nation

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November 26, 2007

Cover: Cover art by Steve Brodner, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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John Nichols on Michael Mukasey, Patricia J. Williams on judicial activism in the US and Pakistan, an Elizabeth Willis poem

Letters

Readers react--positively and negatively--to design changes in the print edition of The Nation.

Editorials

New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer had a good idea about how to issue driver's licenses to undocumented workers. Too bad he caved.

As the screenwriters strike enters its second week, take a moment to appreciate those without whom late night comics are struck mute, movies are left unmade and on TV, there's nothing but reality.

Farewell, David Corn, and best of luck in your new venture. Welcome, Christopher Hayes to The Nation's Washington bureau.

Pervez Musharraf wraps himself in Lincoln's mantle, but no one is fooled.

Firms like Blackwater operate in a demand-based industry, and it is this demand that must be cut off.

Peter Rothberg on extremist judges, Peter C. Baker on Radiohead.

If the United States is so keen on spreading democracy and fighting radical Islamists, why does it continue to back a leader who has suspended the Constitution and gone to war with legal activists?

By approving Michael Mukasey's nomination for Attorney General despite his evasions on waterboarding, the Senate has led us all across a dangerous line.

Columns

Howl

One way or another, banks will get taxpayer help to undo the subprime mess, but it won't be cheap. And the rest of us can bank on getting robbed in the process.

TruthDig

Bush's coddling of Pervez Musharraf defies all reason--and bears some unsettling similarity to his own offenses and misteps as President.

Official lies have always been with us. But our political life--as depicted by Maureen Dowd, among others--has been poisoned by the even more insidious unrebuttable lie.

Contemplating Mukasey, Musharraf and the imprisoned lawyers of Pakistan: how easily a modern liberal democracy can slide into a totalitarian state.

Articles

The Bush Administration's failed war on terror has stoked the fires it was meant to quench. And in Pakistan, the risk of nuclear terrorism is on the rise.

As Congress grapples with the wave of foreclosures and bankruptcies resulting from the subprime mess, why are some Dems siding with the banks?

Ostracized by the Bush Administration, Syria is flirting with rogue status. But if Washington restarts dialogue, there is plenty of room for common ground.

A discussion with the author of The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America, the master narrative of our national security myth.

Faced with a no-brainer fix to close a tax loophole, Senate Democrats are dithering, caught between the interests of their donors and their voters.

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign came under fire over the weekend for planting fake questions at town hall events--and the netroots are on to her

Is the popular Arabic satellite network becoming more Islamist and sectarian?

As the nuclear power plant industry tries to leverage the energy crisis, foes of nuclear power are putting a serious crimp in their plans.

Mainstream media pundits claim she's playing the victim. In fact, she's running like a man, playing out a national fantasy to rescue America.

The broadest experience, smart on Iraq.

A visionary candidate for a new America.

A farsighted populist and pacifist.

An inconvenient truth-teller.

Strongest on human rights and civil liberties.

Like FDR, he's the real deal.

A progressive who can win--and govern.

At a time when too many Democrats are prone to pulling punches, he knows how to throw them. And he has the bruises to show it.

Recent events in the region show how societies can recover from extreme capitalism.

Eight Nation contributors make the best case for their candidate.

Books & the Arts

A new book by Bill Cosby and Alvin Poussaint is a tough-love prescription for social change. Why are critics in the black community piling on?

Poetry

Seen, heard and observed on the picket line in Los Angeles as the WGA strike enters its second week.

Book

A close look at Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas reveals a deeply conservative and increasingly bitter man.

Book

Edward Said's musical predilections capture the full complexity of the master theorist.

Book

Junot Díaz's masterful new novel maps the ambiguities in the modern immigrant experience in America.

Book

Two new books explore the possibilities and ethical complications of assisted reproductive technology.

Poetry

Welcome to our treasured island
seized from the tribe
of enemy combatants
who nursed us through
the winter of 1642.