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December 29, 2003 Issue

  • Editorials

    Challenging ‘Pre-emption’

    The rising tide of anti-Americanism is attributable to the distrust engendered by this Bush doctrine.

    Senator Robert C. Byrd

  • In Fact…


    the Editors

  • A Win for Campaign Reform

    In a 5-to-4 decision as we went to press, the Supreme Court upheld nearly all the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act's provisions.

    the Editors

  • Rosenbaum Inquisition

    In 2002, Republicans on a House Judiciary subcommittee trained their sights on an unlikely target: conservative Judge James Rosenbaum, Chief Judge of the US District Court for the Minnesota Distr

    David Rubenstein

  • Steeling for 2004

    The unilateralist regime had met its match, at least on one issue.

    Doug Henwood

  • The Spirit of Geneva

    The launching of a new Middle East peace plan in Switzerland in early December attracted more than the usual number of luminaries.

    the Editors

  • Gore’s a Dean Man Now

    Al Gore endorsed Howard Dean for President for the same reason that so many other Democrats have: He wanted to be where the action is in his party.

    John Nichols

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  • Books and the Arts

    Go East, Young Man!

    In one of his sunnier moods, Jean-Luc Godard might have tacked onto The Last Samurai the subtitle une étrange aventure de Tom Cruise.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Soul Keeping Company

    The hours between washing and the well
    Of burial are the soul's most troubled time.

    Lucie Brock-Broido

  • Scully’s Way

    Generations of Yale students share stories about special moments in Vincent Scully's courses on art and architecture.

    Thomas Bender

  • Weapons of the Weak

    African-American history, broadly defined, continues to be the most innovative and exciting field in American historical studies.

    George M. Fredrickson

  • The Abstract Impressionist

    I have always marveled at the way in which Abstract Expressionism was able to transform a disparate group of painters, none of whom had shown any particular promise of artistic greatness, into fi

    Arthur C. Danto

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