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July 12, 2004 Issue

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  • Editorial

    Letter From Ground Zero

    Ever since the September 11 commission stated authoritatively what everyone knew already, namely that there is no evidence that Al Qaeda was in business with Saddam Hussein, a debate of a most pe

    Jonathan Schell

  • De-Spoiling the Election

    In 2000, Al Gore beat George W. Bush in the state of New Mexico by a mere 366 votes–a slimmer margin than in Florida. Ralph Nader polled 21,251 votes.

    Rob Richie and Steven Hill

  • Ralph Reed’s Gamble

    When Ralph Reed was the boyish director of the Christian Coalition, he made opposition to gambling a major plank in his “family values” agenda, calling gambling “a cancer on the American body pol

    Jack Newfield

  • Genocide in Darfur

    Africa Action has launched a petition, supported by the Congressional Black Caucus, that calls on Secretary of State Colin Powell to name the genocide in Darfur and to support immediate intervention to stop the killing.

    Salih Booker and Ann-Louise Colgan

  • Nation Notes

    Announcing the winner of the Nation Button Contest!

    The Editors

  • Tyson’s Moral Anchor

    Readers who’d like to support the workers of Local 556 can send a tax-deductible donation to “Safe Work/Safe Food,” c/o Teamsters Local 556, 1750 Portland Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

    Eric Schlosser

  • Election Matters

    The most intriguing story in Washington these days is a subterranean conflict that reporters cannot cover because some of them are involved.

    William Greider

  • Lies…and Lies

    Let’s not be naïve. Presidents, like diplomats, at times go forth and lie for their country.

    The Editors

  • Light Up the Sky

    Milton Glaser, a longtime friend of The Nation and the designer behind the “I ♥ NY” campaign, is back with a new idea: He proposes that New Yorkers welcome the GOP in August with a

    Milton Glaser

  • Books & the Arts

    Bob and Ray

    After Ronald Reagan’s death, Ray Charles’s version of “Amazing Grace,” one of Reagan’s favorite songs, kept popping up on radio and TV. Why not?

    Gene Santoro

  • The Anti-Warrior

    Christianity in this country has become almost synonymous with right-wing fanaticism, conservative politics and–courtesy of Mel Gibson–a brutally sadistic version of religious experience.

    Dan Wakefield

  • The Searcher

    In 1965, nearly forty years before the publication of Where I Was From, her most recent and most sustained meditation on her native state of California, Joan Didion wrote “John Wayne: A Love Song.” 

    Hilton Als

  • By Way of Deception

    Not the judgment of film critics but the passage of time will decide whether Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 can change the world. Change, of course, is the whole purpose.

    Stuart Klawans
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