September 14, 2009 | The Nation

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September 14, 2009

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The Buck Stops Here

Ellicott City, Md.


Imagine that George W. Bush had been allowed a third term as president, had run and had won or stolen it, and that we were all now living (and dying) through it.

The poet's "September 1, 1939" saw the start of World War II and declared: "We must love one another or die."

The eerie confluence of the tales of two convicted mass murderers, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi and William Calley--and their fates.

Regardless of who started the war in Afghanistan, it is now Obama's war. Preventing military escalation is necessary if the president doesn't want it to become his Vietnam.

An experienced prosecutor who knows that prevention is the best crime-fighting strategy, Aborn has fought for drug-law reform and sensible gun-control.

If Obama and his progressive allies hope to defeat the latest assault on federal power, they will need to go beyond his artful ambivalence.

Recent disclosures of Blackwater's covert activities may finally force Congress to take action.

Help for healthcare heroes; torture at the top.

Remembering Senator Edward Kennedy, who broke barriers of personality and partisanship.

Trust the judgment of the American majority, who say this war is no longer worth fighting.



The way he's headed on Afghanistan, Barack Obama is threatened with a quagmire that could bog down his presidency.

It's time to do Robert Novak the honor of taking his life's work seriously.

What's at stake could very well be nothing less than America's own Weimar moment.


With the change in Pepfar guidelines, the Obama administration opens new opportunities to link AIDS work and family planning and strengthen health systems in developing countries.

Senator Kennedy was recognized worldwide as a leader of the American left. What is less recognized is his connection to a social justice-oriented Catholic faith.

Christian agencies lavish support services on pregnant women--if they give up their babies.

An effective investigation into the breadth of the CIA's interrogation programs must be bipartisan, similar to the work of the Church Committee in the 1970s.

Books & the Arts


A new volume of essays shows Hollis Frampton leaving behind photography for film.

A conversation with the former frontman of Pulp about the sound of music in the digital era.


Does the art of Dan Graham and his disciples promise deceptive simplicity or formulaic thinking?


In his best poems, Wallace Stevens makes deprivation feel seductively like plenitude.

3rd Party Article

Antonio Ramírez A Milwaukee teacher reflects on those first difficult years.



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