October 27, 2008 | The Nation

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October 27, 2008

Cover: Senate Democratic candidates, clockwise from top left: Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Al Franken (MN), Jeff Merkley (OR), Kay Hagan (NC), Mark Warner (Va), Tom Udall (NM) and Mark Udall (CO). Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Coming of Age in Papua New Guinea

Arlington, Va.


We need a new national dialogue to untangle the triumphalist Christian story line that has wrapped itself around our political discourse.

The Treasury Secretary's decision to buy equity stakes in banks still fails to address the fundamental flaws in the system.

Sarah Palin's out of her league and a dangerous choice for vice president. Don't Republican leaders have a moral obligation to speak out?

I've got the ethics, the family values, a passport and, like the Alaska governor, am perfectly aligned with God's will.

The Obama campaign's below-the-radar use of the web to register new voters could change the game for Democrats and Republicans.

There's still plenty of time for the media to get the bailout story right: just start asking, "Who benefits?"

Philip Weiss on how grassroots activists on Capitol Hill trumped AIPAC to block a bad measure on Iran.

Take a tip from the New Deal: invest that $700 billion in jobs and mortgage aid for those who need it most.

Government can soften the recession's impact by spending money--lots of it--to stimulate the real economy.



Henry Paulson's latest plan takes us further down to road to state capitalism, whose only principle is to protect the bankers who created the problem.


For years, John McCain backed legislation that decriminalized Wall Street's reckless conduct. No amount of New Deal posturing can hide that record.

The best-known hockey mom in the country gets booed at a game in Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. Failing candidate, failed bank, failed stunt: you can't make this stuff up.


When the markets calm down, liquidity returns and we are sunk in the inevitable recession, America can remake itself into a saner, more humane society.


Don't let reproductive rights get lost in the run-up to Election Day.

By approving the bailout, Congress sealed our political fate more firmly than any presidential election.


The death of Nick Reynolds, one of the Kingston Trio, last week at 75, provoked fond memories of one era and painful reminders of another.

The malefactors and the manipulators of machination start to fess up.

Far more than all the other bad things that have happened during the Bush years, our current financial crisis makes me feel that the American empire is in ruin.

Robert Sherrill's pathbreaking 1990 exposé of the savings and loan scandal sheds light on John McCain's deregulatory politics--and our current financial crisis.

Pursuing religious voters, Republicans and Democrats overlook the importance of the constituency of nonbelievers.

Led by Obama, Democrats are making a bid for evangelical voters. Lost cause or holy grail?

What will the United States do with 20,000 Iraqis in legal limbo?

He calls for universal coverage--but that's hard to get if insurance companies run the show.

McCain would encourage employers to cut coverage. No joke: that's his plan.

In south Florida, Joe Garcia is taking on the GOP and the Cuban exile establishment.

Democratic candidates are gaining in key Senate races and could tip the balance in the next Congress.

Books & the Arts


A new collection of Gore Vidal's essays showcases five decades of literary and political criticism, with his mocking, disenchanted patriotism in all its eloquence.


On the campaign trail, they're culture warriors; once in office, conservatives just follow the money.


In António Lobo Antunes's new novel, a lost boy despairs of finding a real family in the wasteland of his past.


24 City and Ashes of Time Redux, two stars of the New York Film Festival; plus Happy-Go-Lucky and Ballast reviewed.


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