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October 4, 2010 | The Nation

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October 4, 2010

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

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The editors on the primaries, Alexander Cockburn on George Soros's gift to Human Rights Watch and Calvin Trillin on Jon Boehner's ties to lobbyists

Editorials

Democratic candidates can't just campaign by fear-mongering on the Tea Party. A populist message that emphasizes job creation will speak to Dems and independents who put Obama in the White House.

The scariest Republicans are not necessarily tea-stained—and other lessons to keep in mind as Election 2010 roars in.

Teresa Stack remembers our colleague Gene Case; Esther Kaplan reports on Sarah Shourd's return home from Iran.

No candidate for Labour Party leader has offered a challenge to the dominant view of Britain as a society living beyond its means, with the market setting the terms for what's possible.

Columns

George Soros's gift of $100 million to Human Rights Watch doesn't come without strings attached.

Literary taste-making can't be the one place in America where gendered expectations play no role.

Articles

The radical ideas of one generation become the common sense of the next. Here, Peter Dreier honors the people who moved progressive ideas in America from the marginal to the mainstream.

WikiLeaks is not the one-off creation of a solitary genius, and with or without Julian Assange, it is not going away.

Internal documents reveal the firm's clandestine work for multinationals and governments.

Books & the Arts

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In Nightmare Alley, whoever you are, you can always depend on the cruelty of strangers.

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The myths and misconceptions that distort the beauty and problems of the Plains.

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The unvarnished fiction of One More Story explores Germany's papered-over past.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the October 4, 1975, issue.