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August 31, 2009 Issue

Calvin Trillin on the birthers, Alexander Cockburn on the Georgian invasion and The Editors on Blackwater’s black deeds…

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

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The Deification of Gentle Ben

While the mainstream press portrays newly reappointed Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke as a mild-mannered hero, the reality is he is responsible for much of the economic pain Americans ar...

Squandered Opportunity

After a brilliant beginning, President Obama appears to be abandoning his principles on healthcare by hedging on a public option. What should disappointed Democrats do?

Blackwater, Black Deeds

An explosive story by The Nation's Jeremy Scahill sheds new light on the shady dealings of Blackwater, leading to renewed calls for a Congressional investigation into the mi...


A tribute to Sidney Zion; Obama's former doctor enters the healthcare debate; Henry Louis Gates Jr. wows the crowd.

Blue Dog Daze

Progressives must challenge the obstructionists in both parties who can't see which way the wind is blowing.




Biking Out of Iraq

Reflections on troops that don't depart, experts who never leave the scene, an Air Force that suddenly wasn't there and a war that no longer needs justification.

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