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October 18, 2010 | The Nation

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October 18, 2010

Cover: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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The editors on sensible drug policy in California, John Nichols on the GOP's "Pledge to America" and Henry Siegman on the Middle East peace talks

Editorials

California's Proposition 19 would make it legal for adults to possess marijuana for personal use. Passing it would signal a major victory in the war against the "war on drugs."

The GOP "Pledge to America" may lack substance, but it cannot be ignored.

D.D. Guttenplan on Ed Miliband, Ari Berman on good news and bad news on campaign finance reform and Joanna Chiu on Obama's outreach to young voters

What did Benjamin Netanyahu mean when he said he and Mahmoud Abbas should be prepared to make "painful concessions" for the sake of peace?

On October 10, more than 7,000 actions in 180 countries will celebrate solutions to climate change in what is expected to be the greatest number of recorded protests in a single day in world history.

Columns

Young feminists aren't disdaining the movement, they're claiming it—but they want a bigger place in it.

Predictable Democratic losses in November aren't what we should fear. The real danger is in a political environment unable to build even the most tenuous bridges across partisan divides.

Articles

The Republican Party is hard-selling its hot Mama Grizzlies. But it's mostly men—not women—who are buying.

The party's reluctance to capitalize on its feminist successes makes it look scared—and weak.

By focusing on gender alone, institutional feminists opened the door for the Mama Grizzlies.

Grassroots activists and Beltway insiders are fighting for the soul of Obama's Democratic Party.

Books & the Arts

Remembering Ben Sonnenberg (1936–2010)—writer, publisher, boulevardier—and his quarterly, Grand Street.

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Alice Notley's Reason and Other Women; Andrew Joron's Trance Archive; Aaron Kunin's The Sore Throat and Other Poems.

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Jack Rakove's Revolutionaries shows the founders as real people in motion instead of as Olympian gods.

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The poems of Janusz Szuber and Ewa Lipska depart from the romanticized view of Polish poetry as a witness to history.