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  • October 19, 2005

    A Misguided Crusade

    The New York Times exposes its own misguided and unethical campaign to make a terrible reporter a First Amendment saint.

    Robert Scheer

  • October 13, 2005

    How Liberia Held ‘Free’ Elections

    Votes are now being counted in the first truly free election in Liberia’s troubled history. It’s a far cry from the 1986 election, which dictatorial Samuel Doe fraudulently “won” by shutting down not only newspapers but entire political parties. The Reagan Administration just looked on.

    Michael Massing

  • October 13, 2005

    If Not Miers, Who?

    Dear Karl Rove: Just in case Harriet Miers doesn’t work out, why not nominate me?

    Katha Pollitt

  • October 13, 2005

    Reassuring the Right

    Though her style is not dramatic, Harriet Miers is definitely enough of a fanatic to sit on the Bush Supreme Court.

    Calvin Trillin

  • October 13, 2005

    Scamming the States

    Companies like Boeing, Dell and Daimler-Chrysler know how to extort tax cuts and subsidies from states eager to keep jobs from fleeing. But taxpayers, community groups and even a Supreme Court review are pushing back on corporate giveaways.

    Greg LeRoy


  • October 13, 2005

    Torture on the Hill

    War crimes are the darkest expression of the moral degradation that permeates the White House. Bush’s threat to veto the Senate’s anti-torture measure frames a crisis of law and legitimacy.

    The Editors

  • October 12, 2005

    Spreading the Dough

    How can the left build a new majority? EMILY’s List has a big piece of the answer.

    Ruth Conniff

  • October 12, 2005

    Protest and Pushback on Campus

    Student protests against the presence of military recruiters on campus are on the rise. So are angry–sometimes violent–pushbacks from conservative students and campus police.

    Ryan Grim

  • October 12, 2005

    The Young Chickenhawks

    Young Republican activists on campus love George W. Bush and zealously support the war. But are they willing to fight? Not really.

    Clarisse Profilet

  • October 12, 2005

    Another Country

    Chronicling the final, devastating months of the Civil War, E.L. Doctorow’s new novel, The March, reveals the author’s complex love for an earlier version of America.

    Vince Passaro