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October 21, 2002 Issue

  • Editorials

    In Fact…


    the Editors

  • Guns, No Butter

    Democrats have rightly gone ballistic over the cynical White House efforts to use Iraq to change the subject of the fall elections.

    the Editors

  • After Torricelli

    Democrats in Washington and New Jersey sighed with relief when scandal-plagued Senator Robert Torricelli ended a doomed run for a second term.

    John Nichols

  • Blair, the Go-Between

    When Tony Blair rose to address a packed House of Commons on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, Albert Finney had just won an Emmy for his performance as Winston Churchill in The

    Maria Margaronis

  • Opening to Cuba

    "I am here in the hope that we can do business," Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura told a Cuban audience after cutting the ceremonial ribbon with Fidel Castro to open the recent US Food and Agri

    Peter Kornbluh

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  • Columns

    Truth on Iraq Seeps Through

    In a speech intended to frighten the American people into supporting a war, the President Monday again trotted out his grim depiction of Saddam Hussein as a terrifying boogeyman haunting the worl

    Robert Scheer

  • Exit Robert (The Torch) Torricelli

    The Torch could not make folks forget
    The graft for which he's cited.
    The only slogan left to use
    Was "Never been indicted."

    Calvin Trillin

  • October Surprises

    October surprises are built into our system, since elections come in November. Cliffhanger movies in Hollywood's old days could not have staged it better.

    Alexander Cockburn

  • But Fear Itself

    It's a scary little world right now. Such wars of careless words. Such panic on every breeze. If Eskimos have a hundred words for snow, we have let bloom a thousand words for fear.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • Al Gore, democrat

    Something about Al Gore brings out the worst in people, and nowhere is this truer than in the so-called "liberal media." Journalists' "default" position on Gore, Joe Klein notes, is "ridicule.

    Eric Alterman

  • Books and the Arts

    Emancipation Proclamation

    Although he does not record CDs, Robin Kelley may well be the hippest intellectual in the land. There is plenty of substance to ground the style.

    Jason Sokol

  • Pemberly

    The park was very large. We drove
    for some time through a beautiful wood
    until the wood ceased, and the house came into view.

    Rachel Wetzsteon

  • What Are They Reading?

    After I saw In the Bedroom, Todd Field's moving film based on Andre Dubus's short story "Killings," I was delighted when a slim volume of Dubus's stories arrived here at The Nation.

    Hillary Frey

  • Graham Greene, Roll Over

    A few months ago, novelist Alan Furst, in one of those New York Times "Writers on Writing" pieces, told how, on a magazine assignment to the Soviet Union back in 1983, he suddenly discov

    Peter Schrag

  • Of Jazz and Brave Ulysses

    Near the end of Jazz Modernism, Alfred Appel Jr.

    David Yaffe

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