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  • July 13, 2006

    The Times Is Us

    In wartime, you lose the luxury of choosing your allies: The Bush Administration’s attacks on the New York Times are attacks on us all.

    Eric Alterman

  • July 13, 2006

    The 600 Faces of Eve

    The digital environs of Facebook and MySpace are ruled by assortive principles and the misplaced faith that an actuarial table is any kind of community–beloved, political or otherwise.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • July 10, 2006

    World Cup: Party On

    If there is any message to be gleaned from the World Cup, it is that soccer has finally shed its freight of machismo and anguish, attracting a global audience of fans who simply want to have fun.

    Simon Kuper

  • July 10, 2006

    Buffet’s Billions

    What Warren Buffett’s gift of billions to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation lacks in imagination, it makes up for in safety. If only they had the guts to tackle the real problems.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • July 2, 2006

    For His Eyes Only: Bush’s Secret Crimes

    By blindly accepting Bush’s expansion of state secrets claims, the courts are allowing the executive branch to operate above the law, putting the core principles of our democracy at risk.

    Michael Ratner


  • June 30, 2006

    A President Rebuked

    The Supreme Court’s Hamdan v. Rumsfeld decision is to Bush what the Pentagon Papers were to Nixon: a devastating rebuke of a President who thought he had a blank check and a clear affirmation of human rights and the rule of law.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • June 29, 2006

    How to Create a Liberal Bestseller

    Progressives can take a lesson from the success of “How Would a Patriot Act?” Mobilize the liberal blogosphere and take an obscure book for a ride on the bestseller list.

    Jennifer Nix

  • June 28, 2006

    A Killing Machine Turns 30

    This summer marks a grim anniversary of a Supreme Court decision to affirm the death penalty and create a bureaucratic killing machine that puts American justice at odds with the Constitution’s underlying values.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • June 28, 2006


    George Hutchinson’s new biography of the mystery woman of the Harlem Renaissance reconsiders both Nella Larsen and a key moment of black cultural history.

    Darryl Pinckney

  • June 28, 2006

    Mommy Wars, Round 587

    Antifeminists engage in moral discourse while feminists tend to speak in the language of personal choice. But what happens when choice is a bad idea–for yourself, other women or society?

    Katha Pollitt