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November 28, 2005 | The Nation

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November 28, 2005

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John Nichols and Marc Cooper analyze big wins by
Democrats in Virginia, New Jersey and California, Bob Moser
assesses John Edwards's political fortunes, Chris Toensing
reviews Anthony Shadid's moving Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in
the Shadow of America's War and liberal hawk George Packer's The
Assasins' Gate.

Letters

PARDON ME, DO YOU SPEAK LIBERAL?

Bellingham, Wash.

Editorials

It's easy to slap a magnet on your SUV and feel like you're supporting
American soldiers fighting a brutal, far-off war. But the way to really
support them is to work to extricate us from the conflict.

Joe Biden buoys up Samuel Alito's nomination by tamping down
speculation of a filibuster. But California's George Miller convinced
the President to revoke an executive order that would undermine
prevailing Gulf Coast wages.

As Editor Katrina vanden Heuvel becomes the latest in a long
line of publisher/owners of The Nation, Victor Navasky looks
ahead to his new role as publisher emeritus and member of the
magazine's editorial board.

Buoyed by their defeat of Schwarzeneggar's "referendum revolution,"
Democrats and organized labor are now energized to defeat the
governor's re-election bid next year.

Democratic gubernatorial wins in Virginia and New Jersey gave the lie to
the GOP contention that "conservatism is on the march." But infighting
among Dems doomed electoral reform in Ohio, gay marriage is still
illegal in Texas and there's a long way to go to mid-year elections.

The cynical restructuring plan for bankrupt Delphi Automotive calls for
massive wage and benefit givebacks for 51,000 American workers.
Governors of affected states must craft strategies to minimize loss of
jobs and income.

In 2005, The Nation declared it would only support candidates who made a speedy end to this war a major campaign issue.

Columns

Column Left

As President Bush denounces his critics and proclaims war without end in Iraq
the central front in a new cold war, he fails to acknowledge that he is responsible for
handing Al Qaeda a new home base.

Music

Maureen Dowd has done her best to declare feminism dead. But by
insisting that men are scared of spunky successful women, it doesn't
occur to her that she is promoting, rather than reporting on, the
problem she describes.

Shades of Iran/contra: Since the indictment of I. Lewis Libby,
Washington is abuzz about presidential pardons. If officials who
violate the law and lie about it know with certainty the will escape
legal sanction, we no longer have a government.

We've got our values and we know goodness, but we hate only certain
kinds of sin.

Articles

Most Americans want immediate action to pull out of Iraq, but Senate
Republicans passed a measure today that essentially lets the White
House off the hook.

As demonstrators gather at Fort Benning, Georgia, this weekend for an
annual protest against the School of the Americas, the spotlight will
be on increasing dismay in Congress and among the American public
over the Bush Administration's policies on torture.

E-cycling used computers to the Third World may sound idealistic, but
in reality it's just a new way to dump toxic waste.

As media attention focused on rampaging youths setting afire the poor
suburbs of France, verbal conflagrations raged among politicians and
elected officials on how to respond to the threat.

Flu vaccine is in short supply this season, and the reason is that
drug companies can't make as much money protecting us from disease as
from developing expensive treatments for niche illnesses.

Civil libertarians were stunned last week when the Senate approved a
measure that would allow government officials to essentially bypass the
courts and lock up people suspected of terrorism without trial. Will
cooler heads prevail?

If Samuel Alito is confirmed to the US Supreme Court, his impact on
limiting reproductive rights would be certain and swift, due to his
record and to two key abortion rights cases making their way to the
Supreme Court.

As the site of a trial on including intelligent design in biology
textbooks, Dover, Pennsylvania, is a focal point of a national debate
on science and religion. But a look at the town and its residents show
that the battle may not be so clearly defined.

With his campaign to eradicate poverty in America, John Edwards has
shed his Clinton Lite image. But to truly redefine the Democratic party
and win the 2008 presidency, he has a long way to go.

With a new wave of activism against sweatshops sweeping college
campuses, student interest in the morality of their clothing choices
can set a standard for the rest of us.

Fires and rioting in France are the result of thirty years of
government neglect and the failure of the French political classes to
make any serious effort to integrate Muslim and black populations into
the French economy and culture.

Stewart Simonson is a former Amtrak corporate attorney
with zero medical experience. So why is he in charge of emergency
health and bioterrorism in the federal government?

Books & the Arts

Book

Four works trace the intertwined history of Lebanon and Syria and the
interplay of political radicalism, military strength and miseries of
war and murderous political intrigue.

Book

Anthony Shadid's Night Draws Near is a moving
account of life in Iraq before and after the US occupation. Liberal
hawk George Packer's The Assasins' Gate delves into the history
behind humanitarian intervention.