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December 7, 2009 Issue

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

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  • Editorials

    In the Shadow of Hoover

    Deficit spending is a cure for our troubles, not the cause. If Obama reduces the red ink, the Great Recession could be born again

    William Greider

  • Red Scare, Black Scare

    The birthers, the anticommunist crazies, the "Obama as Witch Doctor" caricatures: they're all of a piece, welded to sex.

    JoAnn Wypijewski

  • The China Debt Dance

    The Chinese own so much of us that they're stuck with us.

    Chris Hayes

  • Why Not Tax Wall Street?

    In Washington, big ideas for financial reform are suddenly gaining momentum.

    William Greider

  • Noted.

    You don't have to go to Copenhagen to join the activists racing against the ticking environmental bomb.

    the Editors

  • American Justice on Trial

    To try alleged 9/11 perpetrators without handing Al Qaeda a propaganda victory, the trial must be fair beyond question.

    David Cole

  • Beyond Copenhagen

    Many obstacles stand in the path of a successful global agreement. But Obama can still take the lead on fighting climate change.

    the Editors

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  • Books and the Arts

    Across the Great Divide: David Finkel’s Iraq

    Against the background of the surge, David Finkel twists the concept of wartime good into a cosmic joke.

    Akiva Gottlieb

  • Missed Chances

    Stephen F. Cohen's Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives surveys a political landscape of reform, struggle and reconciliation.

    Jochen Hellbeck

  • This Seeming Brow of Justice

    In their discussions of justice, Michael Sandel and Amartya Sen endorse communal good but slight collective endeavor.

    Samuel Moyn

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