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September 28, 2009

Cover: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels (portraits are of Edmund Burke, top, and, from left, Barry Goldwater, George Wallace, Ronald Reagan, Milton Friedman and Rush Limbaugh)

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The Editors on the ambush of Van Jones, John Nichols on competitive primaries and Jon Wiener on Obama's CIA-on-campus program.

Letters

We hear from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation regarding our September 21 "Ending Africa's Hunger," and our authors reply.

Editorials

For the eighth anniversary of September 11, 2001, a full-scale reappraisal of the real meaning of that day in New York for ordinary Americans.

"Female sexual dysfunction" is a case in point of a runaway medical system that requires huge profits, hence new sicknesses, pills and procedures.

Yes, primaries can be divisive and expensive. But the Democratic Party is usually at its best when it trusts grassroots activists and voters to make choices.

Zelaya talks to Tom Hayden.

It's bizarre and more than a little infuriating that a champion of social justice has become the latest right-wing bogeyman.

If Obama leads, the people will rally to his side. A good way to remind voters of the bold change they voted for last fall: ordering a hard cap on executive pay.

Columns

TruthDig

A president has only so much capital to expend, and Barack Obama is dangerously overdrawn.

Why is Roger Federer's on-the-court meltdown acceptable while Serena Williams's outburst is cause for a national apology tour?

The salacious sports media and the puritanical zealots that run international track and field have joined forces to hit a new low.

It takes considerable skill to convince people that something that is clearly good for them--like universal healthcare--is not.

The glittering "spotlight" at a Toronto film festival is a reflection of Israel's desire to avoid scrutiny for its actions in Gaza.

A monthlong investigation finds plenty of fire to go with the smoke surrounding the university's incredibly vague conflict-of-interest policies.

Articles

Two years to the day after the Nisour Square massacre, Blackwater remains in Iraq, armed and dangerous.

The racist, antigay, pro-gun, antichoice, Christian nationalist march on Washington that conservatives don't want you to see.

As the economy continues to hemorrhage jobs, Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota is introducing legislation to increase eligibility for free school lunches.

Civics education in schools creates young people who turn into the citizens that our democracy requires.

The Senate majority leader calls on Gates and Clinton to find out if shoddy electrical work by contractors killed Adam Hermanson.

Though Ken Salazar has vowed to clean up the mess at the Interior Department, his selection for director of the National Park Service, Jon Jarvis, only compounds it.

More and more experts now say that climate change and population increase should be viewed together. Local politicians in developing countries often try to heat up the issue.

An important announcement suggests that environmental justice may be coming to the Appalachian coalfields.

The growing nonviolent mass movement against Israel's annexation wall is now meeting with stepped-up--and lethal--repression.

The family of a military contractor electrocuted in Baghdad is alleging his employer, Triple Canopy misled them about how he died.

Shrouded in secrecy, "intelligence officer training" conflicts with universities' commitment to openness and free inquiry.

The Pentagon has all but eclipsed the State Department in setting US foreign policy.

From soul to hip-hop: the new environmental movement has a street beat.

Passage of a "Bill of Rights" in New York would be a promising win for a growing movement.

Books & the Arts

Book

Traditionalists are at war with free-marketers, and the far right's resentment is deepening. Is conservatism dead?

Book

Novelist Clarice Lispector idealized animals and idiots because they were free of the desire to translate experience into words.