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July 21, 2003 Issue

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  • Editorial

    Dems–Why Not Woo the Young?

    Since 1968 the Democrats have been shut out, more or less, as majority party. But with a small bump in left-of-center turnout, they'd be running the country.

    Thomas Geoghegan

  • Saddam Mystery Solved

    Top intelligence experts now believe beret-fancying Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein died of complications from swallowing his mustache during a US missile attack on his Baghdad bunker in March, b

    Bruce McCall

  • “…the evidence indicates a pattern of abuse…”

    Post-9/11 detainees at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn were held in lockdown twenty-three hours a day (an

    Keith Aoki and Garrett Epps

  • Nation Notes

    "Diary of a Mad Law Professor" columnist Patricia J. Williams is on leave to work on a book. Her column will resume in September.

    The Editors

  • Early Returns

    More people voted in the PAC online presidential primary than are expected to participate in next January's Democratic caucuses in Iowa and t

    John Nichols

  • WMD: Who Knew What?

    "Intelligence is an art, not a science," says Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz. Secretary of State Powell observes, "There are always debates about intelligence subjects.

    David Corn

  • Queer Cheer

    The Supreme Court's sweeping June 26 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas came almost seventeen years to the day after one of the darkest moments in the history of the gay movement.

    Richard Kim

  • Court-Watching

    Nation readers should be excused for wondering whether they were in some sort of time warp as the Supreme Court closed its term with a slew of decisions that recalled the halcyon days of

    David Cole


  • Books & the Arts

    Miles Davis

    Most of what we know about the life of Miles Davis is either anecdotal or a matter of official record, and thus not absolutely reliable; but by all accounts, most pertinently his own, Miles Dav

    Lucius Shepard

  • The Girls of Summer

    This Independence Day, the symbolic struggle being waged on thousands of screens across the Empire pits Reese Witherspoon against Arnold Schwarzenegger, gooey-sweet girl against impassive (but

    Stuart Klawans

  • The Road Map to Nowhere

    Although the laboriously negotiated and long-delayed Middle East "road map" received a diplomatic boost by the recent intervention of George W. Bush, the plan is replete with the same structural flaws that doomed the Oslo Accords.

    Roane Carey

  • A Costly Friendship

    Much of the talk in Europe these days--in newspaper offices, at dinner parties, in foreign ministries--is about how the United States and Britain were conned into going to war against Iraq, or

    Patrick Seale

  • Woody Guthrie

    When Bob Dylan took the stage at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, all leather and Ray-Bans and Beatle boots, and declared emphatically and (heaven forbid) electrically that he wasn't "gonna work

    Steve Earle

  • Walt Whitman

    In 1848, 29-year-old Walt Whitman was for three months a reporter for the Daily Crescent in New Orleans, writing fluff pieces about local color and charm as seen through Yankee eyes.

    Richard Gambino

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