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November 7, 2005

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  • Features

    Hitler in Virginia

    Two offensive attack ads in the Virginia governor's race have backfired on Republican candidate Jerry Kilgore and his attack-dog media consultant. Does this mean GOP smear tactics are a spent force?

    Max Blumenthal

  • The Increasingly Private Public School

    The privatization of the nation's greatest, once-public colleges and universities is well under way. The loss of low-cost higher education is a quiet tragedy, one that will severely limit the potential of generations of future students.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Scare Scenario

    It has all the makings of a horror flick, but panic over a possible bird flu pandemic is following a time-honored script: sensational media reports, profit-hungry drug manufacturers and politicians eager to capitalize on fears.

    Dr. Marc Siegel

  • The Hidden History of Slavery in New York

    Those who believe that slavery in America was strictly a "Southern thing" will discover an eye-opening historical record on display at the New-York Historical Society's current exhibition, "Slavery in New York."

    Adele Oltman

  • Empty Boots, Ravished Hearts

    Rows of plain black boots and empty pairs of baby shoes and dancing slippers are a mute testament to the American soldiers and Iraqi civilians who have perished in Iraq, as shown in a traveling exhibition sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee.

    Shreema Mehta

  • As Brazil Votes to Ban Guns, NRA Joins the Fight

    As Brazilians vote on a historic measure to ban the sale of guns and ammunition, foes of gun control have received help from a neighbor to the north: the NRA.

    Kelly Hearn

  • A Constitutional Disaster

    After a campaign of distortion and deception, the USA Patriot Act is about to be renewed. It's a deeply flawed law that will be used mainly against dissidents, immigrants, Muslims or ordinary people accused of crimes unrelated to terrorism.

    Chip Pitts

  • Sweeping Up Ohio

    There's a way to cure Ohio's dysfunctional electoral system: an election-reform referendum that allows creation of "swing districts."

    John Nichols

  • Kaine Country

    It's a tight race, but if Tim Kaine becomes the next governor of Virginia, Democrats gain what they desperately need to win back Congress: a big win in a Southern state.

    John Nichols

  • Gore Vidal, Octocontrarian

    Marc Cooper interviews Gore Vidal about an America that is increasingly controlled by corporations and suggests that the Gulf Coast hurricanes and the Iraq debacle signal the breakdown of an empire.

    Marc Cooper

  • Wrong About the Right

    Progressives lack a common set of that tie a movement together. But they can build on conservatives' proven strategy of slowly creating a broad consensus.

    Jean Hardisty and Deepak Bhargava

  • Beyond Shelters

    Advocacy groups like ACORN want New Orleanians to play a role in the rebuilding of the community they had to leave. The biggest issue so far: getting refugees of the storm back home.

    Michael Tisserand

  • Hurricane Gumbo

    The Cajun and Creole folks of Ville Platte, LA, learned long ago not to rely on the government for help. It the wake of hurricanes they launched a homemade rescue-and-relief effort to save their community.

    Mike Davis and Anthony Fontenot

  • Editorials

    Rosa Parks: A Woman of Substance

    Frozen in memory as the simple woman who helped to bring down segregation, Rosa Parks was far more complex and formidable than the popular imagination makes her out to be . A fuller picture of her life should make us also remember the many unsung heroes and heroines who came before and after her.

    Eric Foner

  • In Fact…

    POLITICS AND THE PRIZE

    the Editors

  • Asbestos Liability Scam

    The Senate will soon consider the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act (FAIR) that is anything but for the workers whose health has been impaired by asbestos. It's a move by major corporations to significantly reduce their liability.

    William Johnson and Kate Levin

  • Robbing the Poor

    As House Republicans use the cost of recovery from Gulf Coast storms as an excuse to rip last-minute holes in the social safety net, it's not too late to change priorities.

    Sharon Lerner

  • No Privilege for Miers

    Harriet Miers's slender public record makes it imperative that her advice the president on personal, executive and constitutional matters be fully disclosed to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    Stephen Gillers

  • White House Plame-Out

    Indictments or not, what America knows now about the outing of Valerie Plame is that Bush Administration officials deliberately leaked information that potentially damaged the nation--then lied about it.

    David Corn

  • Pyrrhic Victory in Iraq

    For Iraqis fed up with the violence and chaos of the occupation, passage of the new Constitution is just one more US-imposed measure that will set the stage for civil war.

    the Editors


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  • Books and the Arts

    Rosa Parks: A Woman of Substance

    Frozen in memory as the simple woman who helped to bring down segregation, Rosa Parks was far more complex and formidable than the popular imagination makes her out to be . A fuller picture of her life should make us also remember the many unsung heroes and heroines who came before and after her.

    Eric Foner

  • Deadline for Saddam

    Saddam Hussein went to trial on Wednesday declaring he was still the president of Iraq. A series of odes a decade ago to Hussein's dictatorial days show the tyrant was always out of touch with reality.

    Calvin Trillin

  • The Hidden History of Slavery in New York

    Those who believe that slavery in America was strictly a "Southern thing" will discover an eye-opening historical record on display at the New-York Historical Society's current exhibition, "Slavery in New York."

    Adele Oltman

  • One Possible Scenario

    One twisted tale of how Harriet Miers's confirmation hearings will unfold.

    Calvin Trillin

  • The Young and the Damned

    Paradise Now explores the bond among suicide bombers; The Squid and the Whale brings two monstrously large characters to human scale and The President's Last Bang is nastily efficient.

    Stuart Klawans

  • The Blue

    heron is gray, not blue, but great enough
    against brown-tipped bowed cattails to be
    well-named, is known for its stealth, shier

    David Baker

  • How Art Can Save Your Life

    Michael Kimmelman's The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa is a celebration of the intersection between art and life and the random genius of the unexpected.

    Hal Foster

  • Over My Dead Body

    New biographies of Benito Mussolini and Marilyn Monroe contemplate exploitation of the body--in life and after death.

    Jon Mooallem

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