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May 19, 2008 Issue

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  • Editorial

    Clintons in Denial

    Tuesday’s elections show the Clintons are beyond persuasion or capable of thinking beyond their own interests.

    Tom Hayden

  • Poor Is the New Rich!

    As waves of poverty wash over the once-affluent, it’s nice to know that you can share the pain.

    Annabelle Gurwitch

  • Cruel and Unusual Punishment

    As executions resume in the wake of a Supreme Court decision, we are reminded that a life cannot be willfully ended without violence.

    Billy Sothern

  • The Missing Debate

    Why aren’t the presidential candidates talking about Moscow’s impact on our national security?

    Stephen F. Cohen

  • Obama Under the Weather

    Here’s a look at the roots of the campaign that seeks to discredit Barack Obama by linking him to Bill Ayers and the Chicago charity to which they each had ties.

    Ari Berman

  • Noted.

    Nasty political advertising in Mississippi and your bloated grocery bill.

    The Editors

  • Our Lapdog Media

    What should we do when Big Media fails democracy? First, don’t let it get any bigger.

    The Editors

  • Books & the Arts

    Looking Past Clichés

    The Visitor is that rare film that defines Arabs not as ethnic or religious stereotypes but as individuals.

    Laila Lalami

  • Guantánamo Ain’t No Joke

    Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantánamo Bay is very funny. Nothing about the real place is.

    Shayana Kadidal

  • Back Talk: John Turturro

    Actor John Turturro discusses his latest project, a production of Beckett’s Endgame at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

    Christine Smallwood

  • Photo Ops

    Errol Morris’s new documentary Standard Operating Procedure lacks critical distance but produces masterful evocations of Abu Ghraib.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Sweet Martin’s Badass Song

    Several new books on Martin Luther King takes a closer look at the rhetoric and economic politics of the civil rights icon.

    Scott Saul

  • A Deeper Black

    Shelby Steele’s book on Barack Obama, an outdated critique of identity politics, misses the candidate’s essential power.

    Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Mickey Mouse Media

    A serious debate focused about torture, wiretapping, food prices, world hunger… oh, wait. That’s the kind of fairy tale they don’t do at Disney.

    Eric Alterman
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