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  • August 15, 2006

    Nightly Nativism

    CNN pundit Lou Dobbs has made himself a “specialist” in channeling nativist, nationalist and even white supremacist rhetoric.

    Daphne Eviatar

  • August 15, 2006

    Locked and Loaded

    The Minutemen have been transformed from an extremist “citizen border patrol” to part of the neocon establishment. Has their leader sold out, or bought in?

    Susy Buchanan and David Holthouse

  • August 13, 2006

    Cease-Fire and Frustration

    After thirty-one days of war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and more than 1,000 dead, the United Nations has finally passed a cease-fire. Now what?

    Ian Williams

  • August 12, 2006

    The Semantics of Terror

    The easy invocation of “terrorism”–whether by pundits or political leaders–is not just sloppy use of language. It is precisely targeted phrasing intended to terrorize dissent.

    Ian Williams

  • August 11, 2006

    The Problem with Pundits

    Pro-Lieberman Beltway pundits who whined about progressive bloggers and sounded noisy alarms about the disastrous impact of a Lamont win will have a lot of explaining to do come November.

    Eric Boehlert


  • August 10, 2006

    Fierce Convictions

    Every other week, in the pages of this magazine, Katha Pollitt collects her thoughts in her column, “Subject to Debate.” To say that Pollitt’s column is a hotbed of feminist polemic is only par

    Sarah Goldstein

  • August 10, 2006

    Same Old Song

    American history is marked by waves of immigrants–from Germans in the eighteenth century to Mexicans in the twenty-first–and by nativist backlashes against them.

    Daniel Tichenor

  • August 10, 2006

    White Heat

    Welcome to Nashville, Tennessee, the unlikely symbol of the biggest American immigrant resettlement since the Industrial Revolution. It’s also the white-hot nexus of the new American nativism.

    Bob Moser

  • August 10, 2006

    The New Nativism

    The nation must address the working-class anxieties underlying the anti-Hispanic sentiments now rising in Middle America–and Congress must pass an enlightened immigration bill that is both sensible and humane.

    The Editors

  • August 10, 2006

    Crisis in Lebanon

    The inactivity of the Bush Administration on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict is armchair warfare against the interests of all. For peace, we must press for an immediate cease-fire.

    The Editors