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September 17, 2012 | The Nation

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September 17, 2012

Cover:   Cover design by Milton Glaser Incorporated; cover art by Steve Brodner

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Editorials

For a quarter-century, they have been tightly controlled by the major political parties to protect the status quo. It’s time for a change.

Katrina vanden Heuvel on subsidized CEOs, Marisa Carroll on Obamacare and transgender people, Brett Warnke on the US and South Korea

At the RNC, Nation reporters find a hard-right party that’s cozy with lobbyists and interested in dealing with major storms only when they threaten their convention.

The imperatives of the national security state override the possibility that Assange could face a fair investigation in his sex crimes charges.

The further cartoon adventures of O-Man

Articles

Thanks to Citizens United, US and foreign corporations can secretly spend millions on political campaigns under the cover of trade associations.

The nation’s top business lobby has built up a huge war chest for conservatives. But has it crossed the legal line?

The courageous Chinese dissident has always had an eye for the point where art and politics meet in performance.

Books & the Arts

Book

For Christopher McKnight Nichols, isolationists were cultural cosmopolitans who distrusted the impact of empire.

How did Lillian Hellman become the archetype of hypocrisy?

Brad Gregory wants to upend how we think about the emergence of capitalism, secularism and individualism.

Crossword

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