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January 10/17, 2011

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Editorials

The repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the passage of a landmark food safety bill and the narrow defeat of the DREAM Act all prove that organizing and educating across issues really works.

The most important vote of the 112th Senate will likely be its first.

John Nichols on the immediate threat to social security, Kate Murphy on opening up the FM airwaves and Braden Goyette on this year's outrageous CEO bonuses.

More than 26 million Americans don't have enough work, while robber-baron CEOs report record profits. So why aren't the unemployed on the march?

Columns

The Supreme Court judge turns a blind eye to corporate spitballs.

The response to the allegations against the WikiLeaks founder prove that when it comes to rape, the left still doesn't get it.

When considering Obama's presidency in the long view, remember that history provides many more examples of thwarted resistance than it does of sweeping social change.

Articles

In a tough year for progressives, these courageous people and smart ideas shone through.

Why won't Facebook philanthropist Mark Zuckerberg use his gift to build on progress already being made?

The problems facing our schools demand solutions, not slogans.

In his new memoir the South African leader struggles to overcome his image as a saint.

Books & the Arts

Book

Habeas corpus rescued Walter Rideau from an unjust prison sentence, but during its long history the great writ has been used to muffle the sighs of prisoners as much as to relieve them.

Book

The truly consequential choices an artist makes are never experienced as choice but as necessity.

Book

Tim Wu and Kevin Kelly speak for a new technocracy, and their new books epitomize its myopia, libertarianism and frustration with the political system.

Music

Defying adversities imposed by borders has been one of Afropop's key modes of transcendence.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the January 17, 1976, issue.

Over the past few months, there have been moments when a blunt comment or an unexpected outtake disrupted politics as usual, and got an important point across at the same time. Which one did you appreciate most?

Poll

Over the past few months, there have been moments when a blunt comment or an unexpected outtake disrupted politics as usual, and got an important point across at the same time. Which one did you appreciate most?

How do you feel about the outcome of the Cancun climate talks?

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How do you feel about the outcome of the Cancun climate talks?

By publishing 251,287 leaked US diplomatic cables, do you think WikiLeaks is...

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By publishing 251,287 leaked US diplomatic cables, do you think WikiLeaks is...

Which issue is most important to you this election season?

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Which issue is most important to you this election season?

What do you think has most contributed to the prominence of conservative women candidates in 2010?

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What do you think has most contributed to the prominence of conservative women candidates in 2010?

What do you think of Colbert's in-character congressional testimony on migrant labor?

Poll

What do you think of Colbert's in-character congressional testimony on migrant labor?

How should progressives feel about Tea Party candidates edging out the GOP in the primaries?

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How should progressives feel about Tea Party candidates edging out the GOP in the primaries?

New York's democratic primary is tomorrow. Who's your pick for Attorney General?

Poll

New York's democratic primary is tomorrow. Who's your pick for Attorney General?