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October 1, 2012 | The Nation

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October 1, 2012

Cover: Cover illustration by Steve Brodner, design by Milton Glaser Incorporated

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Letters

Remembering Alexander Cockburn

Editorials

This is the most polarized presidential choice since 1980. Yet issues fundamental to the nation’s future have been excluded from the debate.

In a letter to the Obama administration obtained by the The Nation, Ryan asked that a clinic in his district receive a grant made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

Ryan Devereaux on a SEAL’s bin Laden book, Ari Melber on Obama and Twitter, Michael Youhana on Marines in Guatemala, Dave Zirin on the NFL and LGBT rights

But does his DNC speech signal that Obama will now champion the climate fight? Or was he just telling the Democratic base what they wanted to hear?

As the Democratic governor considers whether to allow the controversial gas drilling practice, anti-fracking forces vow to stop it—even if they have to go to jail to do so.

Columns

In her loopy new book, the celebrity feminist acknowledges that every woman is sexually unique, but then she argues that they're all the same—i.e., just like her.

A manufactured controversy aimed at Elizabeth Warren shows the damaging ways we exploit trivial kerfuffles and pass them off as political stories.

Articles

The long-running feud between moderates and conservatives is over. The wackos have won.

In a desperate election, nostalgia for an America before the decline is the GOP’s only message.

Demographic trends threaten the party’s electoral future—but it does have another option.

Books & the Arts

Book

How Charles de Gaulle’s story became a collective fairy tale that the French have agreed to believe in.

Dance

Paul Taylor Dance Company has sustained a signature style, and without having left modern dance behind.

Film

David France’s How to Survive a Plague, Heidi Ewing and Rache Grady’s Detropia, Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage.