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Society news and analysis from The Nation

  • June 26, 2003

    Affirmative Action Lives

    In one of its most important cases in decades, the Supreme Court on June 23 upheld the prerogative of colleges and universities to give preferences to members of minority groups in admissions.

    the Editors

  • June 20, 2003

    Buyer Beware

    Speaking at a conference this winter on Internet crime,'s director of law enforcement and compliance, Joseph Sullivan, offered law-enforcement officials extensive access to personal cust

    Jonah Engle

  • June 19, 2003

    The Case for Public Patents

    It seems clear that one of the keys to public health is establishing public patents.

    Dennis Kucinich

  • June 19, 2003

    Labor’s Health Problem

    While fighting givebacks, unions can't lose sight of the big healthcare picture.

    Steve Early

  • June 19, 2003

    The Press and Private Lynch

    The Pentagon was selling a patriotic tale. It found many eager buyers.

    Daphne Eviatar


  • June 19, 2003

    My Life as a Rabbi

    Inviting me to a recent wedding in Virginia, the proud parents asked if I would do some sort of officiation.

    Alexander Cockburn

  • June 19, 2003

    Letter From Ground Zero

    Robert Kaplan is a hugely well-informed, indefatigable journalist who combines firsthand reporting, mostly from poor, badly governed or ungoverned countries, with wide reading on the political,

    Jonathan Schell

  • June 19, 2003

    The Ballad of Private Lynch

    Preferring death to getting caught,
    She emptied weapons as she fought.
    Though shot and stabbed she didn't flinch.
    She battled on, did Private Lynch.
    Or did she?

    Calvin Trillin

  • June 19, 2003

    Privatizing Medicare

    The Medicare bills passed by the Senate Finance Committee on June 12 and the House Ways and Means Committee on June 17 move the thirty-eight-year-old social insurance program one step closer to

    Trudy Lieberman

  • June 17, 2003

    Anonymous Detentions Ruled Legal

    "Citizens have a compelling interest in ensuring that their government does not abuse one of its most awesome powers, the power to arrest and jail."

    The Nation