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  • November 3, 2005

    On the Wal-Mart Money Trail

    As the nation’s wealthiest family, the Waltons could be a force for social good. But when they choose to spend their fortune lobbying for pet projects, tax cuts and charter schools instead of providing a living wage for their workers, they are dangerous (and costly) to the nation.

    Liza Featherstone

  • November 2, 2005

    The True Story of Equiano

    Vincent Carretta’s Equiano, the African is the complex narrative of a Carolina slave who bought his freedom, married an English woman and published a memoir on his life as a seafarer and gentleman.

    Robin Blackburn

  • November 2, 2005

    The Power of Fear

    Jill Lepore’s New York Burning paints a realistic portrait of a purported slave rebellion in 1741 and the hysteria that followed, a harrowing lesson of how abusers of power become haunted by the nightmare of retribution.

    Russell Shorto

  • November 1, 2005

    Serious Questions for Samuel A. Alito Jr.

    Questions for Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr.: What are the rights of an individual before the law? Are these rights any different from what Alito views as the rights of a corporation?

    Morton Mintz

  • November 1, 2005

    How Reporters Helped Lead Us to War

    Reporters like Judith Miller who fought to avoid testifying in the CIA leak case were knowing accomplices in the White House’s attempt to punish a whistle-blower. By failing to report the truth, they bear responsibility for leading us into an illegal war.

    Robert Scheer


  • 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