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May 3, 2004 Issue

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  • Editorial

    Educating Senator Frist

    George W. Bush has declared that tort reform will be a major part of his forthcoming campaign.

    Paul Brodeur

  • Election Matters

    When George W. Bush asked Congress for the authority to attack Iraq, New York Congressman Amo Houghton voted no.

    John Nichols

  • Taking Liberties

    When the Supreme Court hears oral argument April 20 on the cases challenging the legality of the detentions at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, it will confront the most dramatic conflict betwe

    David Cole

  • The UN Oil ‘Scandal’

    The same political figures who engineered the current debacle in Iraq are now trying to blame the United Nations for more than $10.1 billion worth of oil revenue they claim Saddam Hussein d

    Ian Williams

  • Ashcroft Attacks

    When faced with criticism, accuse. That seems to be Attorney General John Ashcroft’s rule of political survival.

    David Corn

  • Iraq as Vietnam

    It is a pity the major news media have not convened a commission of inquiry to examine their own mistakes and derelictions concerning the war in Iraq.

    William Greider

  • Prime-Time Fables

    George W. Bush believes in the Easter Bunny–that is, those weapons of mass destruction.

    The Editors

  • The Haunted Archives

    Who should control access to the archives of the 9/11 Commission after it closes up shop in August? The commission’s records will go to the National Archives.

    The Editors

  • Nation Notes

    GUGGENHEIM FOR GRACE: Grace Schulman, Nation poetry editor for the past thirty-two years, won a Guggenheim Fellowship to support work on a new book of poems.

    The Nation

  • Books & the Arts

    Why the Bubble Popped

    This clutch of books offers an excellent retrospective on the recent stock-market crash, which wiped out $8.5 trillion in market value.

    Robert Sherrill

  • Wishful Thinking

    In early 1966, Leonard Bernstein threw a birthday party for Dmitri Shostakovich in Lincoln Center’s Philharmonic Hall.

    Paul Mitchinson

  • Eugene McCarthy: 1916-2005

    Eugene McCarthy, the Senate dove who in 1968 challenged Lyndon Johnson’s conduct of the Vietnam War, died Saturday at the age of 89. In this 2004 review of Dominic Sandbrook’s biography of McCarthy, Jon Wiener assesses the man and his impact on liberal politics.

    Jon Wiener

  • Why Brown Still Matters

    Fifty years ago, African-Americans and fellow progressives hailed Brown v. Board of Education as a conclusive turning point in the struggle for racial equality.

    David J. Garrow

  • A Dream Deferred

    After bloody battles for desegregation, blacks in Memphis are still behind.

    Michael Honey

  • The ‘Fifth Circuit Four’

    How four federal judges brought the rule of reason to the South.

    Jack Bass
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