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The brother of the Sultan of Brunei
Set out to see how much a guy could buy,
And fifteen billion's what he finally spent
Before the sultan voiced some discontent.
The guilt of many shoppers was assuaged.
The most committed shopaholic gauged,
"I'd really have to spend a lot more dough
To be a spendthrift like the sultan's bro."

The creation of the atom bomb is the greatest revolution ever accomplished in science--and unquestionably the most frightening.

On the eightieth anniversary of the riot in that city, we commemorate the report written for this magazine by a remarkable journalist.

Despite statements to the contrary, the rule is resulting in tragic circumstances for women abroad.

Durbin, South Africa, will see the coming together of a large cohort with its own pressing agenda.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan is a disappointment to those who counted on him to uphold the banner
of ethical social change.

Puerto Ricans of all stripes question the Navy's presence there.

Should the question of personhood at the embryo stage really be decided by politicians?
 

Not every citizen has accepted the Court's momentous presidential decision.

Under pressure from activists, the city agreed to assist its poorest residents.

Blogs

A primary today in Oregon pits a candidate who will make pot prosecutions a low priority versus another who wants to crack down on medical marijuana. And then there's the case of the Koch Democrat.

May 15, 2012

This week, President Obama’s “evolution” on same-sex marriage: an idea whose time has come. Plus, Nation editor Liliana Segura on mandatory sentencing laws, a live chat with Dana Goldstein on testing and education reform, and Victor Navasky's Mad Men cameo.

May 14, 2012

What if heterosexual couples voluntarily refused the benefits of marriage that are denied to most of our gay and lesbian friends and family?

May 14, 2012

The 2012 London Olympics: It's not a war zone—it just looks like one.

May 14, 2012

How much of an impact will gay donors have in the upcoming presidential election?

May 14, 2012

Is traditional marriage really as “traditional” as opponents of gay marriage like to say it is?

May 14, 2012

April’s jobs report looked better. But there are still some bad signs for unemployed women.

May 14, 2012

The largest IPO in history serves us lessons in what it means to love your country. 

May 14, 2012

Conservatives mocked “The Life of Julia,” but it is more advanced than Romney's Website. Does that matter?

May 13, 2012

Why Romney’s bullying past is so chilling today.

May 13, 2012