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  • November 23, 2005

    Ho-Ho-Holiday Donations, Early Edition

    Tsunami. Hurricane. Earthquake. War. Poverty. Injustice. It’s been a tough year, but here’s a list of extraordinary groups who deserve a place on your holiday gift list.

    Katha Pollitt

  • November 23, 2005

    Alito’s CAP Connection

    Samuel Alito once boasted he was a member of Concerned Alumni of Princeton, which opposed bemoaned the impact of co-education and affirmative action. What does this say about his character and the kind of place he would like America to be?

    Eyal Press

  • November 22, 2005

    Mismanaged Care

    Tennessee once had a visionary health care plan for that left only 14 percent of residents uninsured. But with federal cuts and a governor’s misguided attempt to privatize Medicaid, Tennessee is just another state unable to protect its citizens.

    Trudy Lieberman

  • November 18, 2005

    The Champ Meets the Chump

    When George W. Bush met Muhammad Ali at the White House last week, the Champ had one last rope-a-dope up his sleeve. You don’t have to guess who won this match.

    Dave Zirin

  • November 18, 2005

    Scooter Libby’s Doomed Defense

    Capitalizing on Bob Woodward’s revelation that he was one of the first to learn about Valerie Plame’s CIA status, Scooter Libby’s legal team hopes that will get their client off the hook. That turkey won’t fly.

    Elizabeth de la Vega


  • November 17, 2005

    The Lies That Bind

    Lack of candor is not surprising from Bush or Ahmad Chalabi, but why does the New York Times continue to struggle with the truth about Judith Miller? The Gray Lady might solve the problem by banning anonymous Administration sources in its news reports. If they’re going to lie to us anyway, why not under their own names?

    Eric Alterman

  • November 17, 2005

    President Thelma

    Is Commander-in-Chief softening up the country for President Hillary? Americans may not not be ready to put a woman in the White House, but they may have calmed down enough to contemplate the pleasures of female power.

    Richard Goldstein

  • November 17, 2005

    Bush’s War on the Press

    Until the Bush Administration is held accountable by Congress for its propaganda, manipulation of the truth and assaults on journalism, freedom of the press will exist in name only.

    John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney

  • November 17, 2005

    More Leaks, Please!

    Power-friendly reporters like Judith Miller are easily manipulated by selective leaks. But what we need now is more civil disobedience by whistle-blowers exposing renditions, acts of torture and the flagrant abuse of power.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • November 16, 2005

    The Ring Cycle

    When Joe Louis defeated Nazi sympathizer Max Schmeling in 1938, it was the boxing match that reverberated across the world. Three new books chronicle the match and all the racial and political turmoil of which it was an emblem.

    Gerald Early