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June 28, 2004 Issue

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  • Editorial

    Nation Note

    With this issue, Liza Featherstone joins the masthead as a contributing editor.

    The Nation

  • Solidarity in Wartime

    In a Service Employees union hall in Boston, a hospital worker raises her hand.

    David Bacon

  • Outlaws on Torture

    The “war on terrorism” is in trouble, and at the very moment the Bush Administration needs it most–election season. George W.

    David Cole

  • Beloved by the Media

    Ronald Reagan lived a charmed life in many respects, none more so than in his relationship with the news media.

    Mark Hertsgaard

  • Cold War to Star Wars

    Perhaps the most important question–for present policy-makers as well as historians–posed by the presidency of Ronald Reagan is what role he played in ending the cold war.

    Jonathan Schell

  • The Gipper’s Economy

    The Gipper had a certain goofiness about him that was impossible not to like. He told “war stories” borrowed from old movies with such sincerity you were sure he must have been there.

    William Greider

  • A Flawed Resolution

    With its blueprint for Iraq in tatters, the Bush Administration has been forced to recognize the United Nations as the only body that can confer legitimacy on its continued occupation.

    The Editors

  • The Reagan Legacy

    It’s as if Gore Vidal coined the phrase “United States of Amnesia” for the moment of Ronald Reagan’s death.

    The Editors

  • Books & the Arts

    Morning Ritual

    Before the pork buns steamed in the pot,
    moisture in their white folds, before
    the dried tofu was trimmed into thin strips,

    Victoria Chang

  • Bourgeois Dystopias

    The suburbs don’t feel suburban anymore.

    Eric Klinenberg

  • Le Gai Savoir

    “Paris is a very old story,” Henry James wrote in 1878–so old, in fact, that it’s hard to write about it without falling into clichés about chestnut trees, couture, freedom and

    Brenda Wineapple

  • Ugly Beauty

    In the fall of 1958, the second book by a young British poet named Philip Larkin made it across the ocean and into the consciousness of American poetry.

    Melanie Rehak

  • On Native Ground

    I’ve long considered E.L. Doctorow the most American of contemporary writers–in a particularly classic sense.

    David L. Ulin
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