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September 1, 2008 Issue

Cover art by: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels from the poster by Shepard Fairey

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  • Editorials

    Making History

    Progressives are saying this is a moment of transformational politics. Is the party leadership listening?

    Victor Navasky

  • Have Pantsuit, Will Travel

    Hillary's signature attire is one phase in women's power-dressing; Michelle's sheath is another. But the shoes...

    Patricia J. Williams

  • Media Gone Mad

    The national news narrative from Denver is completely nuts: consider the unsourced myth of the Clinton-Obama feud.

    Eric Alterman

  • From King to Obama

    Barack Obama stands on the shoulders of many as he becomes the Democratic presidential nominee. One set of those shoulders belongs to Jesse Jackson.

    Steve Cobble

  • The Illusory Middle

    Undecided voters don't care about left or right: they simply want a candidate they can trust. As he shifts to the center, Obama risks losing his greatest asset--authenticity.

    Victor Navasky

  • The Hillary Diehards

    If there were any real news here, 15,000 journalists would be reporting it. Instead, they gather soundbites from a few nut cases who consider politics a form of therapy.

    Eric Alterman

  • From Fannie Lou Hamer to Barack Obama

    Democrats have come a long way from the first Denver convention a century ago.

    John Nichols

  • Guilty of Driving a Truck

    Salim Hamdam's conviction and short sentence does nothing to repair the damage the Bush Administration has done.

    David Cole

  • Obama and the Sisters

    His convention speech should draw from the wisdom of black women activists who were the prophets of American democracy.

    Melissa Harris-Perry

  • Noted.

    The I-word, back on the table; Fannie Lou Hamer and the Democrats.

    the Editors

  • Blood in the Caucasus

    It's time for the US to dissolve its cold war military alliances and develop realistic new policies toward Russia.

    Katrina vanden Heuvel

  • For a New Economics

    The tepid platform Democrats will adopt in Denver isn't a new social contract, but it does go places Republicans never will. Let's hope Obama does better.

    the Editors


  • Letters


    Readers write back on the subprime crisis, affordable housing, E.L. Doctorow and more.

    Our Readers