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  • October 31, 2005

    Can Dems Say ‘Finito’ to ‘Scalito’?

    If the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court becomes the titanic battle that both sides in the judicial wars have been anticipating for years, Democrats must create a new playbook. If they stick to the same old strategies, they could end up wishing that Harriet Miers had fared better.

    David Corn

  • October 28, 2005

    Lessons From the Miers Debacle

    What have Bush and his allies learned from this sorry epidode? Intellectual substance matters. Executive privilege is not absolute. Roe v. Wade is a bear trap for the GOP.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • October 27, 2005

    Madam President, Madam President

    As the backlash against women gets daily more open and absurd, our real-life female politicians seem paralyzed. It’s up to television now: Run, Geena, run!

    Katha Pollitt

  • October 27, 2005

    State of the Magazines

    On both sides of the Atlantic, liberal news magazines facing declining circulation have started to play into the celebrity culture. But there are gems that have the power to carry our culture through its Las Vegas-ization.

    Victor Navasky

  • October 26, 2005

    Rosa Parks: A Woman of Substance

    Frozen in memory as the simple woman who helped to bring down segregation, Rosa Parks was far more complex and formidable than the popular imagination makes her out to be . A fuller picture of her life should make us also remember the many unsung heroes and heroines who came before and after her.

    Eric Foner


  • October 26, 2005

    Say It Ain’t So, Big Leagues

    Strip-mining the Dominican Republic for talent, Major League Baseball periodically plucks one lucky boy from his home and family and gives him a dream for a better life. But what happens the other 99 left behind in “baseball factories,” still hoping?

    Dave Zirin

  • October 25, 2005

    The Increasingly Private Public School

    The privatization of the nation’s greatest, once-public colleges and universities is well under way. The loss of low-cost higher education is a quiet tragedy, one that will severely limit the potential of generations of future students.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • October 25, 2005

    The Two-Way Squeeze

    The quiet purposefulness that characterized Rosa Parks’s actions bears eloquent witness to the power of her protest.

    The Editors

  • October 25, 2005

    Gun Industry Buys Bulletproof Political Protection

    Congress has decided to grant the gun lobby its most fervent and irresponsible wish: blanket immunity from civil lawsuits.

    Robert Scheer

  • October 24, 2005

    Scare Scenario

    It has all the makings of a horror flick, but panic over a possible bird flu pandemic is following a time-honored script: sensational media reports, profit-hungry drug manufacturers and politicians eager to capitalize on fears.

    Dr. Marc Siegel