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August 13, 2007 Issue

Cover art by: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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  • Editorial

    The War on Infrastructure

    Describing the recent bridge failure and steam-pipe explosion as “cowardly attacks on our way of life,” Bush today opened a new front in his permanent war on everything.

    Barbara Ehrenreich

  • Opportunities in Abstinence Training

    Chastity advocates: Lay off the adolescents and concentrate on the vast numbers of middle-aged and elderly who aren’t getting any. Make them feel good about their lifestyle choice!

    Barbara Ehrenreich

  • Red Zone, Green Zone

    Pundits speculate the US can win stability if not victory in Iraq, but beyond the philosophical Green Zone they inhabit, life becomes ever more desperate for Iraqi civilians.

    Tom Engelhardt

  • The New Bipartisan Capitalism

    A new study addressing the plight the American worker in a global economy tries to solve economic inequity through tax policy rather than systemic change. A much broader vision is required.

    Daniel Morris

  • A Man Who Gets His Way

    A veteran newsman recalls Rupert Murdoch. Despite his promises to protect editorial integrity of the Wall Street Journal, don’t expect him to get a soul transplant any time soon.

    Sydney H. Schanberg

  • It’s Easier to Insure Pets Than Kids

    Americans will spend $9.8 billion on pet healthcare this year. Why is the President so insistent that we can’t provide health coverage to poor children?

    Barbara Ehrenreich

  • A Bronx Tale

    From Providence to Los Angeles and even the Bronx, urban rivers that were polluted and even paved over are being restored.

    Tracy Tullis

  • Dangerous Privilege

    We need a law to define and limit the President’s claim of executive privilege, and should set a process for Congress to overcome it.

    Aziz Huq

  • Impeachable Offenses

    The burgeoning movement to impeach Bush and Cheney is a rational response at a time when 80 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.

    John Nichols

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Baked Epic

    The last book in J.K. Rowling’s saga is marked by throwaway references to a post-9/11 world and derivative insights that never add up to a coherent moral vision.

    Lakshmi Chaudhry

  • Fred Thompson, Neocon

    He has a strong claim on the neoconservative heart, and if he ends up in the White House, the moribund neocons will rise again.

    David Corn

  • The Populist Moment?

    Economic populism is the new flavor in politics, but it won’t be authentic unless it’s driven by and for the people.

    The Editors