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October 15, 2012 | The Nation

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October 15, 2012

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Editorials

The right’s war on democracy underscores the need for a constitutionally protected right to vote.

Under the radar, the pseudo-grassroots group Americans for Prosperity is pulling out the stops to defeat Obama.

Highlights from the Voting Rights Watch 2012 blog, from Brentin Mock, Aura Bogado and Maegan E. Ortiz

A crude and hackneyed film, Won't Back Down peddles an improbable and deceptive message about schools and poverty.

In refusing to block the extradition of terror suspects to the US, the European Court for Human Rights has condoned a brutal regimen of long-term solitary confinement.

Articles

Even if Obama wins, he won’t be able to accomplish much if progressives don’t do well in legislative races. Here are ten worthy contenders.

Many of Florida’s ex-felons are receiving conflicting information on their voting rights. That could spell disaster in November.

Democrats have a rich opportunity to push electoral reform at the state level.

Washington must work with Russia, embracing the letter and spirit of the Geneva principles agreed upon in June.

Books & the Arts

Book

Why Israel’s purposes cannot be grasped only through the American Jewish experience.

Book

Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen and Sonu Shamdasani’s The Freud Files; E. James Lieberman and Robert Kramer, editors, The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank

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In a new history of postwar America, Joshua Freeman argues that policy changes occur because of pressure from the bottom up.

Crossword

Don’t miss Kosman and Picciotto’s crossword blog, Word Salad.