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September 10, 2012 | The Nation

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September 10, 2012

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Letters

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Editorials

The new UN envoy has a near impossible task. But Washington must support it—arming the rebels will only prolong the civil war.

As the revolt against the Assad regime becomes more militarized, fighting in the town of Zabadani has given way to daily, indiscriminate shelling.

The jobs are gone in his hometown, but he’s sitting pretty in his mansion on the hill, a perfect metaphor for what a Romney-Ryan America would be like.

Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as running mate is another development in a long-term party trend: the triumph of ideology over reality.

Columns

How the pundit class is turning a right-wing ideologue into a bold intellectual—and framing the election.

It’s time to update Nina Simone's iconic song title—the GOP veep candidate is just as extreme on women’s health and rights as he is on economics.

Articles

The NRA’s dire warnings that the president is a threat to the Second Amendment are bogus—but profitable.

Seven years after Katrina, poor people accused of crimes are being denied their right to counsel and left to languish behind bars.

Corporate sponsorship is undermining a wide network of democratic, farmer-owned co-ops.

Books & the Arts

Book

Hard truths about lying in politics

Book

W.G. Sebald’s Across the Land and the Water: Selected Poems, 1964–2001; Saturn's Moons; Grant Gee’s Patience (After Sebald).

Does a sculptor destroy things or merely change them?

Book

Tim Weiner’s Enemies is not so much a history of the FBI as a compendium of interesting historical material.

Crossword

Don’t miss Kosman and Picciotto’s crossword blog, Word Salad.