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October 23, 2006 Issue

Cover art by: Cover art by Robert Grossman, cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels


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  • Feature

    AIPAC Runs Right

    American Jews are liberals and support Democrats. Why, then, do Jewish organizations, supported by contributions of liberal Jews, strategize with Republicans on how to smear these same Democrats?

    Eric Alterman

  • Leave No Tax Cheat Behind

    If President Bush and the Republican Congress would close the loopholes on tax cheats--especially the superrich--there would be ample money to improve the nation's public schools.

    John C. Fager

  • Gone Nuclear: How the World Lost Its Way

    As the world reacts to news of North Korea's underground nuclear test, a crucial anniversary is observed: Twenty years ago at the Reykjavik Summit, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev outlined a vision for a non-nuclear world. What went wrong? In this Nation forum, four experts from the nonproliferation movement discuss how to put disarmament back on the world's agenda.

    Richard Falk, Mary Kaldor, Randall Caroline Forsberg and George Perkovich

  • No Blank Checks on Torture

    As the fight against the Administration's policies on torture and the terror detainees shifts to the Supreme Court, there is reason to be confident that the Justices will again rein in Bush's power grab.

    Jonathan Hafetz

  • The Economic Debate: Fear vs. Corruption

    As election day approaches, don't expect a reasoned discussion of economic policy between the two parties. A barrage of quips and one-liners have taken the place of detail and fact in political debate.

    Robert L. Borosage

  • State Cops

    At a time when the federal government has failed to do its job, state attorneys general are asserting their authority to protect the public interest.

    John Nichols

  • Repainting Statehouses Blue

    If current trends hold, Democratic governors will soon be popping up all over the country, and with them comes a greater opportunity to challenge the Bush Administration.

    John Nichols

  • The Minutemen Hit the Wall

    As Democratic Congressional candidates in Arizona embrace comprehensive immigration reform, conservative Republicans are no longer winning on their "militarize the border" message.

    Marc Cooper

  • Virginia’s Rumbling Rebels

    As Senator George Allen's faux-populist campaign devolves into a series of racial embarrassments, Virginia Democrat Jim Webb's unlikely campaign is surging, thanks in large part to Webb's unblemished record of opposing the Iraq War.

    Bob Moser

  • Column

    Just Blame Bill

    Instead of pursuing real diplomacy with North Korea, the Bush Administration chose a my-way-or-the-highway approach. Rather than face up to the mess they made, it's easier to blame Bill Clinton.

    Robert Scheer

  • Foley’s IMbroglio

    It shows how hapless and shallow Democrats are that they show so little electoral joy in a principled challenge to GOP rule. Instead we get tactical theatrics about whatever comes down the pike: gas prices or Foley.

    Katha Pollitt

  • Orgasms and Wargasms

    America can't talk about the legalization of torture or about Iraq, where soldiers are raping girls and shooting families at close range. It stands to reason they are now obsessed by a Congressional sex scandal.

    Alexander Cockburn

  • We Got Those Wall- To-Wall 24/7 Damage-Control Blues

    Bush and his boys will be singing this little ditty all the way to the voting booth.

    Calvin Trillin

  • Books & the Arts

    Nuremberg: Past, Present and Future

    Let us follow the example set by the judges and prosecutors who pursued justice in the Nuremberg Trials to lead America back to a reverence for the rule of law and the common good.

    Sen. Christopher Dodd

  • Down These Mean Streets

    Martin Scorsese is one of those great artists who not only expresses emotion through film but also invents it. With The Departed, he proves why he's one of the best.

    Stuart Klawans

  • America, Through a Glass Darkly

    An intellectual biography of Richard Hofstadter rides a wave of nostalgia for this artful historian and liberal icon of the 1950s and '60s.

    Jon Wiener

  • Not the President’s Men

    A review of Frank Rich's The Greatest Story Ever Sold and two books on I.F. Stone shows how media politics have changed since the cold war. Now it's all about repeating the same few things until they seem inevitable, even if--especially if--they're not true.

    John Powers

  • Cultural Famine: A Cycle

    Famine is at its worst when people waste away and die. But there is another kind of famine: the death of the human soul--the emptiness and senseless cynicism in this country that has taken up residence in our hearts.

    Walter Mosley

  • Death Trip

    Philip Roth and Joan Didion have each written compellingly about death, but their insights about dying and mourning signify a retreat from the world rather than an embrace of the forces by which we all live and die.

    Richard Goldstein
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