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December 6, 2010 Issue

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

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  • Editorials

    Deficit Panic Disorder

    Washington should be in a tizzy over the jobs crisis. Instead, the establishment's going ballistic over a problem that's been blown way out of proportion.

    the Editors

  • Will the Federal Reserve’s $900 Billion Revive a Stalled Economy?

    The Fed will purchase a massive number of Treasury bonds. That should prevent deflation—but it won't do enough for consumers.

    William Greider

  • Noted.

    Liliana Segura on the death penalty in Texas, John Nichols on ranked-choice voting in Oakland and Carmina Ocampo on access to public universities for undocumented immigrants in California

    Various Contributors

  • The ‘Giving’ Season

    What's so bad about big-ticket philanthropy? Nothing—except that it lets the wealthy decide how to spend money that would be the Treasury's.

    David Nasaw


  • Books and the Arts

    Between Hitler and Stalin

    In Bloodlands Timothy Snyder attempts to link the Holocaust to a syndrome of political killing endorsed by Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

    Samuel Moyn

  • Without Artifice: On William Brennan

    Justice William Brennan's watchword was human dignity, and to protect it he interpreted individual rights expansively.

    Michael O’Donnell

  • The Merry-Go-Round: On Jack Anderson

    Poisoning the Press tells the tale of Jack Anderson's fall from muckraking hero to blustering pundit.

    Diane Simon

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