September 1, 2008 | The Nation

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September 1, 2008

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Readers write back on the subprime crisis, affordable housing, E.L. Doctorow and more.


Progressives are saying this is a moment of transformational politics. Is the party leadership listening?

Hillary's signature attire is one phase in women's power-dressing; Michelle's sheath is another. But the shoes...

The national news narrative from Denver is completely nuts: consider the unsourced myth of the Clinton-Obama feud.

Barack Obama stands on the shoulders of many as he becomes the Democratic presidential nominee. One set of those shoulders belongs to Jesse Jackson.

Undecided voters don't care about left or right: they simply want a candidate they can trust. As he shifts to the center, Obama risks losing his greatest asset--authenticity.

If there were any real news here, 15,000 journalists would be reporting it. Instead, they gather soundbites from a few nut cases who consider politics a form of therapy.

Democrats have come a long way from the first Denver convention a century ago.

Salim Hamdam's conviction and short sentence does nothing to repair the damage the Bush Administration has done.

His convention speech should draw from the wisdom of black women activists who were the prophets of American democracy.

The I-word, back on the table; Fannie Lou Hamer and the Democrats.

It's time for the US to dissolve its cold war military alliances and develop realistic new policies toward Russia.

The tepid platform Democrats will adopt in Denver isn't a new social contract, but it does go places Republicans never will. Let's hope Obama does better.


He lacks the chops to deal with our economic crisis, so McCain's best strategy is to run as the President who'll fight the next cold war. Scary thing: he might win.

Our paychecks are disintegrating as we drive them to the bank. Forget hope and change: why aren't the candidates talking about inflation?


His irrational mix of patriotic swagger and blindness to reality is proving disturbingly successful with millions of uninformed voters.

Some 200,000 college students won't qualify for loans in September, and millions more will pay higher interest rates. Can they count on Obama to help them out?


Americans know all the details of the John Edwards affair. But they remain in the dark about a scandal that affects the livelihoods of millions. Who orchestrated the fall of Bear Stearns?

Dana Milbank's coverage of Obama in the Washington Post has become a symbol of a press corps that is almost as the Bush Administration.

Critiques of Obama's suitability for the presidency are bookended by astonishingly contradictory stereotypes.

A different kind of identity politics.

Comix Nation

Idle hands are the devil's playthings...


Three years after Hurricane Katrina, Tulane University thrives, due in part to its revamped commitment to community.

The Nation hosts thought-provoking discussions and events in
Denver during the DNC.

This Week: Things get all twisty as Kang makes some moves her own damn self, and her slacker brother contemplates the Big Wave.

Attorney General Michael Mukasey is poised to implement new rules that will create a new surveillance state.

He'd feel bad that the whole Communist era was airbrushed out of the Olympic spectacle. But he'd probably like the swimming.

McCain and the neocons are heating up a conflict in the Caucasus; it's up to the peace movement to keep Obama from signing on.

How a racist, conspiratorial crank became the Republican attack machine's anti-Obama point man.

Thousands of young activists are poised to protest at the Democratic and Republican conventions. In the age of Obama, is street protest still relevant?

Pervez Musharraf is history, but his opponents seem unable to agree on what to do next. After so many disappointments, can Pakistan rise to the occasion?

This Week: Congresswoman Kang hangs out in the loo, wide stance and all.

The resignation of Pervez Musharraf and a looming election in India offer hope that with the right leadership, the sixty-year faceoff over Kashmir might finally be resolved.

And one answer: Bush's global 'war on terror' operates on a double standard.

As Obama accepts his party's presidential nomination on the forty-fifth anniversary of King's most famous speech, a historian looks beyond the obvious analogies.

Once geopolitical lines are redrawn, the question must be answered: who started this war?

Evo Morales expanded his mandate with a landslide victory in a referendum last week. But the Washington foreign policy establishment still won't acknowledge he's delivering on his promises.

If millions are to be spent on an anti-Iraq, anti-McCain message, the money will come from the Obama campaign or not at all.

Five community organizers from across the country assess the impact of Obama's history as an organizer.

Obama's voter-registration drive could be the change America's been waiting for.

No matter who wins in November, demographic trends indicate that the era of backlash politics is over.

Here's how progressives can ensure Obama's success.

Books & the Arts

A tribute to the premier Arab poet of the past half-century.

The Canadian filmmaker discusses his new film, My Winnipeg, and the importance of cultivating a personal mythology.

Hurricane Katrina seen from an eye in the storm.

Two new books explore the states of wonder and mortification evoked by baseball.

Historian Rick Perlstein explores the resentment and polarization sparked by the Nixon era's cultural and political strife.


Take if you will this improbable boy,
skin like August arcing toward its apex,
heat sheen across the highway, hazy
gloss on the way things seem, in transit

3rd Party Article

How the presidential candidates plan to change the face of volunteering in America.

Students from around the world gather in China's march to protect the environment. Learn how youth are looking beyond Olympic feuds to forge a sustainable future.

Forward Montana's Matt Singer discusses how to reach new voters with bunny ears and costumes.


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From the January 17, 1948, issue.


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