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November 27, 2006

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Editorials

Steny Hoyer spouts Beltway conventional wisdom no matter what the cost to his party; Jack Murtha has the potential to help revise our national security and economic priorities. Is there really a choice here?

Friends and colleagues remember Ellen Willis, political essayist,
journalist, rock critic and valued contributor to The
Nation
, who died November 9.

Thanks to a thoughtful grassroots campaign, voters in South Dakota rejected a draconian abortion ban.

The homophobic values vote took a body blow in the midterm elections, helped along by hypocrisy in high places.

Let's stop obsessing over conspiracy and focus on the real problem: lack of reliability, transparency and accountability in our electoral system.

The midterm elections proved to Democrats that the South must not be written off. The key to winning rural and working-class voters in Dixie is the same as anywhere else.

The election is over; the war is not. And George W. Bush is suddenly in one tight corner.

Democrats will claim their electoral mandate by understanding how they won: by fielding activist candidates with a clear antiwar message and by defending civil liberties.

As voters expressed their disgust, this election signaled a repudiation of the corrupt Bush regime, a clear antiwar victory and the collapse of the conservative order.

Columns

Howl

In cities across America, reporters are being laid off, TV stations are
cutting back coverage and the newspaper industry is crumbling to dust.
When it all shakes out, will Wikipedia be as good as it gets?

TruthDig

As Democrats choose between a stalwart critic of the Iraq War and a proponent of Bush policies for Majority Leader, Fox News gets in the act, casting centrist Pennnsylvania Rep. John Murtha as a partisan extremist. Huh?

Do newspapers really need special pages for political pronouncements, stentorian tone and candidate endorsements?

What are we to make of those who would equate Muslim women who wear the veil with the threat of terrorism?

At least one person in the GOP might feel relieved.

Articles

As peace activists converge on Fort Benning for the annual demonstration to shut down the School of the Americas, companion protests are taking place across Latin America, as revulsion grows over US policies on torture.

Canada's new conservative prime minister is forging ties with US conservatives and evangelicals as Canada moves toward an Americanized Christian state.

Poverty, race and obesity have a lot in common. In Alabama an underfunded federal program addresses the problem by providing fresh produce to low-income residents and seniors.

The Christian "Quiverfull" movement measures a mother's spiritual resolve by the number of children she raises, each one an arrow in the quiver of God's army.

Books & the Arts

Poetry

Allen Ginsberg's "Wichita Vortex Sutra," written at the height of the Vietnam War, speaks with a jarring relevance today.

Book

The Selected Writings of Eqbal Ahmad collects the work of one of our finest postcolonialist critics.

Book

The American Way of Strategy and Empire's Workshop examine the paradox of idealism and brutality in US foreign policy.

Art

Fernando Botero's latest series of paintings, inspired by the Abu Ghraib photos, immerse us in the experience of suffering in a way the original photographs never did.

3rd Party Article

Finding a "middle ground" on abortion is a bad idea.

Onion

Resounding victories in all states, counties, cities, towns.

Following Thursday's gruesome discovery of the remains of former Blossom star Joey Lawrence, law enforcement officials are feverishly speculating on the identity of the killer's next victim.