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October 1, 2012 Issue

Cover art by: Cover illustration by Steve Brodner, design by Milton Glaser Incorporated

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  • Editorial

    What We Can’t Talk About When We Talk About Elections

    This is the most polarized presidential choice since 1980. Yet issues fundamental to the nation’s future have been excluded from the debate.

    the Editors

  • Paul Ryan Quietly Requested Obamacare Cash

    In a letter to the Obama administration obtained by the The Nation, Ryan asked that a clinic in his district receive a grant made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

    Lee Fang

  • Noted

    Ryan Devereaux on a SEAL’s bin Laden book, Ari Melber on Obama and Twitter, Michael Youhana on Marines in Guatemala, Dave Zirin on the NFL and LGBT rights

    Various Contributors

  • The C-Word

    But does his DNC speech signal that Obama will now champion the climate fight? Or was he just telling the Democratic base what they wanted to hear?

    Mark Hertsgaard

  • New York’s Fractivists Keep the Heat on Cuomo

    As the Democratic governor considers whether to allow the controversial gas drilling practice, anti-fracking forces vow to stop it—even if they have to go to jail to do so.

    Nicholas Kusnetz

  • Books & the Arts

    The Generalist: On Charles de Gaulle

    How Charles de Gaulle’s story became a collective fairy tale that the French have agreed to believe in.

    Thomas Meaney

  • A Form of Order: On Paul Taylor

    Paul Taylor Dance Company has sustained a signature style, and without having left modern dance behind.

    Marina Harss

  • The Plague Years

    David France’s How to Survive a Plague, Heidi Ewing and Rache Grady’s Detropia, Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage.

    Stuart Klawans
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