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December 4, 2006 Issue

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  • Editorial

    Nation Notes

    We welcome Lakshmi Chaudhry and Christopher Hayes as contributing writers to The Nation and to The Notion, our online blog. Both have appeared previously in The Nation.

    The Editors

  • Remembering Nation Friends

    Remembering Ellen Willis, William Styron and Richard Gilman.

    The Editors

  • Crisis at LibĂ©ration

    Beset with financial woes, a labor-management power struggle and an aging leftist readership, the legendary French newspaper is on the brink of extinction.

    K.A. Dilday

  • Power Shifts in the States

    Democratic gains in Statehouses around the country validated Howard Dean’s “50-state strategy” and set the stage for a long process of party renewal.

    John Nichols

  • A Complicated Blessing

    Claire McCaskill’s victory in Missouri proves that moral politics is growing more expansive–and less Republican–as values voters waken to the moral bankruptcy of the religious right.

    Bob Moser

  • Exorcising DeLay’s Ghosts

    Democratic Congressional leaders are taking the first steps toward real reform to clean up corruption, rein in lobbyists, limit earmarks and insure greater transparency in government.

    The Editors

  • Books & the Arts

    The Lessons of History

    While there may be something great about winning a war, the United States must learn there is something much greater about using the tools of peacemaking to build a better world.

    John Hope Franklin

  • Hooray for Right-Wing Hollywood

    Right-wing culture warriors gathered in LA to praise ABC for its flawed 9/11 docudrama, talk up a conservative version of The Daily Show and release a thriller fueled by a nativist agenda.

    Max Blumenthal

  • Coming to America!

    Reviews of films from the vulgar to the magisterial: Borat, Flags of Our Fathers, For Your Consideration, Our Daily Bread and Fur.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Half a Life

    In The Lay of the Land, the final work in Richard Ford’s acclaimed trilogy, Frank Bascombe picks up where he left off in Independence Day–taking road trips, describing houses and foreclosing at once on whomever he meets.

    Benjamin Hedin

  • Representative Fictions

    An ambitious two-volume history of the novel explores its evolution across continents and centuries.

    William Deresiewicz
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