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When it comes to presidential politics there seem to be a half-dozen narratives favored by big (and small-minded) media: Who's ahead?, "Gotcha!", the (cynical) assumption that all policy pronounc

When John Kerry in a recent speech refocused his campaign by targeting George W.

George W. Bush's September 21 speech to the United Nations, marked by an air of unreality and hypocrisy, was insulting to many other nations.

This essay, from the November 11, 1960 issue of The Nation, is a special selection from The Nation Digital Archive. If you want to read everything The Nation has ever published on presidential politics, click here for information on how to acquire individual access to the Archive--an electronic database of every Nation article since 1865.

Four years ago, Ralph Nader justified his third-party campaign on the grounds that the two parties represented nothing more than "Tweedledum and Tweedledee." As Americans die by the thousand in I

The presidential pageant has now risen full in the sky and is blocking out the sun.

It's one measure of the decay--and the promise--of American political discourse that Seymour Hersh's Chain of Command arrives at a moment when John O'Neill and Jerome Corsi's Unfit for

With some street smarts, he might call those Republican bums out.

We're pleased to announce that this article, originally posted on September 14, 2004, has won the Deadline Club's Online News Exclusive for 2005, beating out Newsday and Business Week.

Research support for this article was provided by the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute.

Blogs

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June 30, 2015

A Democratic presidential contender raises a provocative issue. It’s time to have this debate.

June 29, 2015

“The American people have the right to hear from the full spectrum of their choices.”

June 24, 2015

Surging in the polls, Sanders gets an important grassroots endorsement.

June 19, 2015

The “you’re fired” billionaire is an oddly good fit for the 2016 presidential race.

June 16, 2015

The 2016 front-runner needs to get comfortable—and specific—about calling out today’s economic royalists.

June 13, 2015

This movement has made raising wages a big issue for 2016.

June 10, 2015

Clinton would do a great service to the country by offering Americans a more expansive view of what freedom requires, and what threatens it.

June 10, 2015

Beyond Iowa and New Hampshire, the insurgent candidate shows signs of strength.

June 7, 2015

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO is running as the anti-Hillary, but the two are more alike than is comfortable.

May 29, 2015