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November 13, 2006 Issue

Cover art by: Cover painting by Keith Hollingsworth, one of a series, acrylic and collage on canvas; cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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  • Feature

    Rick Santorum’s Beastly Politics

    Dogged by a history of crude responses to abortion, euthanasia and gay marriage, Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum is trailing his Democratic foe. But a cadre of influential Catholic conservatives are already crafting a post-Santorum, post-Bush strategy.

    Max Blumenthal

  • Character Assassin

    Republican adman Scott Howell has racked up a startling Democratic body count with his signature hyperemotional style. Will his attack on Harold Ford Jr. succeed or backfire?

    Max Blumenthal

  • State of Denial

    By denying a noted Islamic religious scholar entry to the United States because of his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Bush Administration reveals its inability to deal with the realities of the Middle East.

    Stephen Glain

  • From Whitewater to Blackwater

    Blackwater USA has a new attorney to defend it against a wrongful death lawsuit by families of four contractors killed in Iraq: Kenneth Starr.

    Jeremy Scahill and Garrett Ordower

  • Immigrants Regroup

    This year will be remembered both for massive immigrants rights marches and for the Al Qaedization of immigrants.

    Roberto Lovato

  • Driving Planned Parenthood

    Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood's new president, leads an organization searching for new national strategies, as a crucial vote in South Dakota tests its grassroots clout.

    Jennifer Baumgardner

  • Ground Game ’06

    Republicans are hoping voters will forget about Iraq, Bush and the GOP Congress. But these are the issues that will drive Democrats and independents to the polls.

    Ari Berman

  • Bad Day in CA

    While Democrats on the national level dream of a landslide, in California, the party is facing another electoral debacle.

    Marc Cooper

  • A New-Model Ford

    Harold Ford has wooed and wowed white conservatives in Tennessee with a mash-up of star power, earthy eloquence and a contrarian right-wingery that has driven the GOP to take drastic measures.

    Bob Moser

  • The Torture Election

    The GOP's one-party rule has created a constitutional crisis that threatens America's future. By pulling the right lever on November 7, voters can throw this party out of office.

    Jonathan Schell

  • Editorial

    Nation Notes

    The Nation Institute establishes the Spira-Lopez Journalism Internship for college students and graduates of Hispanic or Latino origin.

    The Editors

  • A Salute to Molly Ivins

    Her writing--sharp, satirical, infused with the spirit of skepticism--reminds us that dissent rescues democracy from a quiet death behind closed doors.

    Lewis Lapham

  • IRV, a Better Way

    Instant Runoff Voting will get a crucial test in four local elections on November 7.

    Krist Novoselic

  • Return to Chelyabinsk

    A G-8 plan to ramp up nuclear energy is defended as a necessary response to global warming. But the nuclear waste it generates will hurt people and the planet.

    Mark Hertsgaard

  • What Is at Stake

    November 7 is suddenly looking like a fateful election that could change the flow of politics in ways nobody anticipated.

    The Editors

  • Books & the Arts

    What Bush Has Wrought

    We are now led by a false warrior who acts the simpleton, while playing to his version of what Middle America wants. To stop the madness, on November 7 voters must soundly repudiate what Bush has wrought.

    Robert Scheer

  • Marie Antoinette, the Upspeak Version

    It doesn't matter that Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette is a dreadful film, but it is alarming that the past is increasingly seen as a place in which the most important thing of all is who's, like, famous.

    Mark Steel

  • Capturing Compassion

    Seeking to arouse America's compassion, five photojournalists have documented the suffering of terrorized refugees from Darfur in an exhibition that will travel to cities around the country.

    Suzanne Charlé

  • The New World Order

    Two new books examine the diverse and ambitious alliances that led to the end of slavery in America.

    Robin Blackburn

  • Hong Kong Harbor 1984

    On this side of the window
    A shower of chrysanthemum.
    Outside, torrential rain.

    Robert Sawyer

  • French Lessons

    The history of twentieth-century France depicts a struggle between the republican ideal of a unitary state and the shifting concerns of a pluralistic society.

    Sunil Khilnani
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