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Bob Moser worries about Democrats and the South, Jennifer Niesslein defends Head Start and we remember Edward Said.

Letters


'STACKED DECALOGUE'--NO DRIVEL!

Atlanta

Editorials

Used to be, nearly everyone--Democrat or Republican--loved Head Start,
the federal preschool program for kids from low-income families. And why
not?

When Paul Wellstone opted out of the 2000 presidential race, he fretted
that trade policy would not be debated in the Democratic primaries and
that the party would run a November campaign that

Contributions in memory of Edward Said may be sent to: Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia Research Fund, LIJMC, Attention: Dr. Kanti Rai, New Hyde Park, NY 11040; The Friends of Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, Inc.,
PO Box 450554, Atlanta, GA 31145; National Conservatory of Music, Birzeit University Fund, c/o K. Fred Ajluni J.D., K&S Mall, 1800 West 14 Mile Road, Suite C, Royal Oak, MI 48073.

Click here to read David Corn's weblog on the Joe Wilson scandal.

Contributions in memory of Edward Said may be sent to: Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia Research Fund, LIJMC, Attention: Dr. Kanti Rai, New Hyde Park, NY 11040; The Friends of Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, Inc.,
PO Box 450554, Atlanta, GA 31145; National Conservatory of Music, Birzeit University Fund, c/o K. Fred Ajluni J.D., K&S Mall, 1800 West 14 Mile Road, Suite C, Royal Oak, MI 48073.

Columns

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Stop the Presses

The premature deaths in the past year of Warren Zevon, Johnny Cash and
Joe Strummer ought to be enough to make the most pious among us angry at
The Man Upstairs.

Music

What's the matter with conservatives? Why can't they relax and be happy?
They have the White House, both houses of Congress, the majority of
governorships and more money than God.

It seemed like such a good idea.
Oh, when did it begin to sour,
And start to be no fun to be
The last remaining superpower?

Articles

Disabled people march on Washington to protest policies that keep them out of sight, out of mind.

The antigay bias that permeates the Republican Party can be clearly seen
in Bush's judicial appointments. Among the unalloyed homophobes Bush has
nominated for the federal bench:

The GOP embrace of homophobia is more than simply a sop to the far right.

What the Democrats must do to survive.

Books & the Arts

Television

HBO's new political program is a vivid (and disgusting) expression of our decayed democracy.

Television

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey

Book

"You are the heirs of one of the country's great traditions, the
Progressive movement that started late in the nineteenth century and
remade the American experience piece by piece," Bill Moyers

Book

In his memoir, Taking Liberties, Aryeh Neier emerges, almost
despite himself, as a fascinating man.

Book

In 1990, The Nation ran a dispatch from Portland, Oregon, by
editorial board member Elinor Langer titled "The American Neo-Nazi
Movement Today." The piece, which took up almost an entire

Book

Monica Ali was recently named one of Granta's Best of Young
British Novelists--an A-list of red-hot literary youth writing some of
the most promising books on the contemporary scene.