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Politics news and analysis from The Nation

  • March 30, 2001

    On the Bush Administration Rescinding Stricter Limits on Arsenic in Drinking Water

    Yes, arsenic's in what we drink.
    That's not as scary as you think.
    Sure, hidden in the stroganoff
    It's used for knocking people off.
    But in your water it's OK.
    That's what the mining interests say.
    And W. now says so, too.
    It mixes well with CO2.

    Calvin Trillin

  • March 28, 2001

    Senate Shocker!

    US Senator Russ Feingold, the Wisconsin Democratic side of the McCain-Feingold juggernaut that is on the verge of winning Senate approval of the most significant campaign finance reform initiative

    John Nichols

  • March 22, 2001


    Sounds that twisted
    around the room like smoke,
    bludgeoning, blossoming,
    where I did not want
    to find them, but I find them
    over and over. Father,
    bless your hair.
    Bless your hammer
    and your no-song whistle,
    your voice, your strange
    language--embarrassing to me
    once. Too lyrical, too vulgar.
    But father, bless your hair:
    sculptural, short, black
    lamb's wool, steel wool
    like your voice--gravel
    underfoot when I'd walk
    home from school. Bless
    your voice, the gravel
    underfoot, your hammer,
    your strange language twisting
    like smoke, biting like a snake
    the head of which I wanted
    to stroke or crush with my heel.
    And your whistle father,
    and when you'd stop
    whistling, suddenly,
    in the middle of your work,
    as if something had cut
    away the part of you
    that wanted to sing.

    Yerra Sugarman


  • March 22, 2001

    On Bush Breaking His Campaign Pledge To Limit Carbon Dioxide Emissions*

    Yes, W. once took the view
    That CO2 is bad for you.
    He says he's had a turnabout:
    We make this stuff when breathing out,
    So dangerous is what it's not.
    From lobbyists you learn a lot.

    But won't our ozone cover scatter?
    So? Nader said it wouldn't matter.

    Calvin Trillin