September 10, 2007 | The Nation

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September 10, 2007

Cover: Cover photograph by Whitney Lawson, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Washington, DC


The shaming and resignation of Senator Larry Craig proves that if you're going to be a hypocrite in American politics, it pays to be a straight hypocrite.

The Vice President and his minions need an education in the rudiments of government. Where are the strict constructionists when we need them?

Just in time for Labor Day, a new report on the gap between the boss and the average worker is a gleefully malicious attack on the richest CEOs.

If the President is allowed to invoke the divine right of kings, the American Revolution will have come full circle.

If the American people continue to avert their eyes from the slow death of an abandoned city, their communities may soon be the next to fail.

A dialogue between the peace activist and The Nation's editor over Sheehan's plan to run for Congress against Representative Nancy Pelosi.

Alberto Gonzales leaves office with the Justice Department tarnished, the rule of law debased and our civil liberties significantly eroded. It now falls to Congress--and the next President--to repair the damage he's done.

Mideast stability can't be promoted with arms any more than democracy can be imposed through the barrel of a gun.

Want to know the real differences between the candidates? Listen to what they say about the economy.

Nobody knows if the current financial crisis could become the type of economic unraveling that makes history.

The city lacks the resources to address its residents' urgent mental health needs.

The toxic neoliberal policies used to rebuild New Orleans have led to a spiraling social crisis.



A deceitful President, masking the chaos his $3 trillion war has unleashed with photo-ops from Iraq, now confronts cynical Democrats in Congress poised to write another check, willfully blind to the waste of US and Iraqi lives.

Thanks to some major-league grassroots organizing, workers who keep Baltimore's Camden Yards pristine are close to winning the right to a living wage.


By pumping more money into the economy to bail out hedge funds and subprime lenders, the Federal Reserve will only worsen inflation's bite into average Americans' paychecks.


The dark legacy of Alberto Gonzales--torture and a tainted judiciary system--will live on long after he leaves government.

Cindy Sheehan taught us that the only way to reach those who will go to the polls is by taking to the streets.

Protesters in Quebec were treated like contestants in a reality show--put in a field and watched on TV monitors.

Despite what many in the media believe, the American public is interested in more than just right-wing punditry and celebrity gossip.

Say farewell to the Prince of Slime.


That a woman perceived of possessing great personal holiness turns out to be a person who suffered doubt in her experience with God deepens her mystery, rather than lessens it.

Wary of government efforts to silence global warming research, scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab and Goddard Space Flight Center are going to court to block new security rules.

Copying the tactics of terrorists, neo-Nazi groups are targeting reformers, progressives and ethnic minorities.

A cable hit's unabashed attachment to filthy habits, bad parenting and horrendous gender roles shows how far we've come from the Sixties.

America's favorite natural grocery chain is looking like just another greedy, antiunion corporation.

Bush's war on Iraq mirrors Napoleon's invasion of Egypt--two disastrous attempts to reshape the Middle East.

A new way to fight global warming and corporate agriculture: Eat only locally grown food, and call yourself a localvore.

The Iowa straw poll offered a penetrating glimpse into the crisis facing the Republican party.

In response to a crime wave, police are imprisoning a record number of nonviolent offenders.

Two years ago, Katrina shed light on a harsh truth--we are all victims of a failed government.

Drastic changes in the educational system are leaving New Orleans's public schools behind.

Community members and outside organizations are working together to rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward.

Books & the Arts


A batch of new books on Hurricane Katrina investigate who is to blame for the tragedy.


Reviews of Kamp Katrina, The Monastery and Exiled.


Robert Walser's writing--opaque and ethereal, provoking and digressive--is finally being introduced to American readers.


In 1988 US officials helped disguise Saddam's chemical attack on Halabja. But when it came time to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq, they acted outraged.


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3rd Party Article

Post-Katrina student life is a balance of stress, studies and hope for the future.

We don't need to look for another Malcolm X or Martin Luther King Jr. to change our communities. We need to believe in ourselves.

Political gold diggers abound throughout Washington, DC, and US state capitals. But what are PACs, what do they want and how do they affect us?