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October 12, 2009 | The Nation

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October 12, 2009

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William F. Baker on how to save the news, Richard Lingeman on Ralph Nader's fictional road to utopia and Calvin Trillin on the grand jury investigation of John Edwards.

Letters


Adoption: Giving It All Away?

Seattle

Editorials

How a mere "procedural" decision blatantly shortchanges justice.

Five Democratic senators on the Senate Finance Committee helped defeat a public option; do they really think that will advance reform--or even their political careers?

Humana and other insurance industry giants have been fomenting a scare campaign among seniors to keep the industry's wasteful taxpayer subsidy going.

At the UN this week, Barack Obama told the world to stop complaining about US hegemony and start working with Washington on big global problems. He should take his own advice.

Health reform promises support for comprehensive care. That promise plainly does not extend to women who depend on public funds and seek abortions.

Panic and silence greet the release of the UN Human Rights Council report on Gaza; the FCC backs net neutrality.

Progressives need to be as concerned about insurance coverage affordability as we are about a public option.

In Ralph Nader's new utopian novel, "only the super-rich can save us."

The ACORN tapes and the Inequality of Accountability.

Policy can be racist even when no one crafting it harbors hatred of a particular racial group.

Columns

TruthDig

This week the Chinese Communists celebrate their sixtieth year in power, an event that the make-war-not-peace crowd might benefit from contemplating.

Some National Football League players appear to be turning over a new leaf when it comes to gay rights, but a history of homophobia still haunts the sport.

Grappling with Irving Kristol's legacy.

When does a society tip from expressive speech into excessive fulmination and then into repression or violence?

Articles

Two anti-choice amendments considered by the Senate Finance Committee today were soundly defeated.

While corruption by the Afghan government has been widely condemned, corruption by Western officials in Afghanistan has received little if any scrutiny.

The explosion of student sex columns, as captivating as they are controversial, represents a campus movement possessed of the same subversive potential that fueled 1960s student activism.

What's next in a world where democracy has been so hollowed out, so emptied of meaning?

Hugo Chávez talks about his relationship with Barack Obama, the Honduran crisis, plans to extend the Pentagon's presence in Colombia, and domestic successes and challenges.

In heavily fortified Pittsburgh, protesters are kept isolated from local residents and from conference attendees.

Democrats joined Republicans in voting to "Defund ACORN" yet have done nothing to stop Blackwater's taxpayer-funded crusade in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Among racial and ethnic minorities, a disproportionately high foreclosure rate is spreading to homeowners with prime loans.

If Republicans don't have much hope of derailing healthcare reform, they still have a shot at seriously limiting women's access to affordable reproductive healthcare.

Silvio Berlusconi's increasingly erratic behavior may bring about his downfall. But in a bitterly divided Italy, the most likely successor does not look appetizing.

Are we heading for a Petraeus Moment in the Afghan War, along with a titanic civilian-military clash of wills?

The case for public funding of journalism and news outlets.

If banks were people, here's what the full $17.5 trillion bailout would look like.

The Shock Doctrine author interviews Michael Moore on the roots of the economic crisis and the promise and peril of this political moment.

Books & the Arts

Book

Jack Tworkov's writings wrestle with the figures of Abstract Expressionism and his own lost illusions.

A conversation with the author of Homer and Langley about opting out.

Dance

A celebrated Russian choreographer is charting a stylish new course for American Ballet Theatre.

3rd Party Article

Campaign for Youth Justice's Liz Ryan talks about the thousands of
teenagers detained in adult jails and prisons.

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