November 9, 2009 | The Nation

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November 9, 2009

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Deadline Poet Hits Bull's-Eye

Upper Marlboro, Md.


Everyone is looking to Virginia's off-year gubernatorial contest as a Middle American barometer for 2010.

Whatever his party label, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's firmest loyalties are to Wall Street. Why is his Democratic opponent unwilling to forcefully challenge him on economic issues?

Healthcare reform is looking less like a fantasy and more like a probability--but we need to keep a close watch on affordability, financing and the public option.

A how-to for taking action on Afghanistan.

US Afghanistan policy should not be held hostage to the president's past rhetoric.



The Connecticut senator declared Tuesday that he would support a filibuster of any healthcare reform bill that has a public option--even the version with the "trigger" compromise accepted by Sen. Olympia Snowe.

By refusing to acknowledge Fox News's avowed partisanship, its MSM defenders diminish the work of honest journalists who try to play fair.

It's peculiar, the vocabulary that makes a liability out of the Nobel Prize.

Going along when China's rotten...


Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Carol Shea-Porter argue that since Adam Hermanson died while working on a Defense Department contract, the DoD is obliged to investigate.

Progressives rejoiced when Sen. Harry Reid announced that the Senate healthcare bill would include a public option. But the jubilation was short-lived.

The evidence against Alex Sanchez is quite refutable, but that assumes a fair trial. And that's not possible in Judge Real's courtroom.

The American intelligence community has missed the boat on how quickly the US has fallen from "sole superpower" status.

In Honduras, people are dying while the world looks the other way. Real international pressure--especially from the US--is the only force that could stop that now.

Navi Pillay is the first UN human rights commissioner to take on caste discrimination.

Turnout for 350.org's International Climate Day of Action was high in New York City--and in some of the developing nations most vulnerable to effects of global warming.

After three years of trying to convict Lt. Ehren Watada for refusing to deploy to Iraq, the Army has allowed him to resign.

In the past month, momentum on healthcare reform has unmistakably shifted as progressives have taken to the streets, the Internet and the halls of Congress to push for a bold plan.

There has been a lot of guessing recently about what the final House version of healthcare reform will look like. It's time for some clarity.

What if campaign finance reform took a page from baseball's playbook?

A federal judge sends the lawyers for Iraqi victims of Blackwater back to the drawing board, while rejecting Blackwater's plea to toss out the case.

Elements of a responsible withdrawal.

The most dependable guarantor of Pakistani stability isn't a troop buildup in Afghanistan; it's Pakistan's emerging middle class.

Is Pakistan really in danger of falling into the hands of the Taliban?

Airstrikes, manned or unmanned, regulated or not, cannot build a better Afghan future.

The tenacity of the Taliban insurgency is rooted in opposition to a foreign occupation that is particularly distasteful to the Pashtuns.

If we leave Afghanistan, Al Qaeda will be in no position to re-establish a base there.

Staying in Afghanistan will cost many more American soldiers' lives and hundreds of billions of dollars. Is it worth it?

The essays in our forum call into question many of the myths and faulty assumptions about the best course of US policy in Afghanistan.

Women belong at the center of the debate over the Afghan war, not on the margins.

Books & the Arts


With his plain, weather-beaten prose, Don Carpenter was a good enough novelist not to have to prove it.


In The Fires of Vesuvius, Mary Beard unearths the seedier realities of the Roman social and political experience.


For the photographer Thomas Demand, Germany is like any other country because it is haunted by history.



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