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September 13, 2004 Issue


  • Editorials

    Letter From Ground Zero

    Is the United States--as so many have said, in celebration or dismay--a planet-mastering empire or not? The question presses upon us as George W.

    Jonathan Schell

  • The George W. Bush Presidential Library, Inc.

    This piece first appeared in different form in Billionaires for Bush: How to Rule the World for Fun and Profit (Thunder's Mouth Press).

    Richard Lingeman

  • Patriot at the Bat

    Just as Roger Clemens can be counted on to fire heat, our national pastime inevitably waves the flag in times of national stress.

    Richard Pollak

  • Billboard Barons

    It was a bomb that started the whole thing--an image of one anyway.

    David Montero

  • The War on Dissent

    When New York City was announced as the site of the Republican National Convention back in January 2003, it seemed an odd choice of location.

    Nancy Chang

  • Damaged Goods

    George W. Bush is damaged goods, but he has found his campaign voice--the forked tongue of the high road/low road politician.

    William Greider

  • A Failed Presidency

    As Republicans gather in New York City, the Bush campaign will undergo a drastic makeover, camouflaging gutter tactics with a veneer of moderation calculated to help the President win another fou

    the Editors

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  • Books and the Arts

    Ashes of Time

    It was the perfect setup for an op-ed article: the release, between the Democratic and Republican conventions, of Alien vs.

    Stuart Klawans

  • The Big Sleep

    From its inception, the AIDS pandemic has generated extraordinary expressions of sadness and anger. The sadness is easy to understand.

    Sheila M. Rothman

  • Lewis of Arabia

    I have witnessed what Bernard Lewis, and later Samuel Huntington, designated the "clash of civilizations" between Christendom and Islam up close in at least two wars.

    Charles Glass

  • The Life of the Mind

    Isaiah Berlin once told his biographer, Michael Ignatieff, that "I have a natural tendency to gossip, to describing things, to noticing things, to interest in human beings and their characters, t

    Sunil Khilnani

  • State of the Union, 2004

    This article is excerpted from Gore Vidal's latest book, Imperial America, just published by Nation Books.

    Gore Vidal

  • Letter From Ground Zero

    Is the United States--as so many have said, in celebration or dismay--a planet-mastering empire or not? The question presses upon us as George W.

    Jonathan Schell

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