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The Nation is a weekly magazine published by the Nation Institute. First published in 1865, The Nation is headquartered in New York, N.Y. It is the oldest weekly magazine in the U.S. to be continually published. The Nation also has bureaus in London and South Africa.Self-described as "the flagship for the left," The Nation focuses on the topics of politics and culture. Contributors of note have included Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., Gore Vidal, Christopher Hitchens, Hunter S. Thompson, Langston Hughes, Ralph Nader, Leon Trotsky, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John Steinbeck, John Maynard Keynes and Naomi Klein. The Nation has broken such notable stories as the Valerie Plane leak scandal in 2003 and several articles about the Whitewater scandal in the 1990s. It was the first U.S. publication to report on what would become the Bay of Pigs invasion. The Nation has won 24 National Magazine Awards since 1971. Katrina vanden Heuvel is Editor and Publisher. Roane Carey is Managing Editor, John Palattella is Literary Editor, Betsy Reed is Executive Editor, and Richard Lingeman and Richard Kim are Senior Editors.

Articles from Vol. 264, No. 23, June 16

Abstinence or Else! the Just-Say-No Approach in Sex Ed Lacks One Detail: Evidence That It Works
Just say no, or say nothing at all. That's what Shari Lo, 15, found out this past March. The Southern California high school sophomore conducted an experiment for her school's science fair, subjecting six brands of condom to laboratory tests of strength...
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Blind Decisions Come to Court; What Happens When a Defendant Is Denied Access to the Evidence against Him?
A little over a year ago, President Clinton signed into law the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. At nearly the same moment, Immigration and Naturalization Service officials in New York City arrested Nasser Ahmed, a 37-year-old Egyptian...
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Chronicles of a Disappearance
A fresh definition of the term "terribly funny": while you're eating breakfast, two policemen wearing visored helmets and black body armor show up at the front door, crash their way through the house and disappear out the back, never saying a word....
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Committing Politics
The "vital center" in Washington is triumphant. "In less than six months" reports White House political adviser Rahm Emanuel, "the President has accomplished his major objectives for the second term -- the expansion of NATO and the balanced budget...
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Inherit the Wind: Will Clean Energy Pass Us By?
From 180 feet up, atop this one-megawatt experimental windmill, you can see the lights of Copenhagen, about twenty miles away. The amiable capital glitters in part thanks to Baltic breezes blowing through a new generation of high-efficiency wind machines...
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Licensed to Kill
"The simplest local tools are often much the most efficient means of assassination," counsels a C.I.A. study on the subject written in the fifties. "A hammer, axe, wrench, screw driver, fire poker, kitchen knife, lamp stand, or anything hard, heavy...
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The Cliffhanger in France: Would the American Model Be Followed, or Would Voters Choose Another Path?
Going into June 1, it was a cliffhanger. That's when the results of the second ballot in the two-stage French parliamentary elections were to be decided, and the suspense broken. But President Jacques Chirac had already lost his bet in the preliminary...
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The Climates of Disbelief: Diary of a Mad Law Professor
My son was recently listening to a children's science program whose host was discussing those circumstances whereby our senses "trick" us into perceptions that challenge scientifically measured data about the physical world. If you put one hand on...
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The Quiet Crisis
This is, by the averages and indicators, a prosperous time for our country, a time of sustained growth and low inflation, of a booming stock market and low unemployment. But averages are misleading. They tell nothing of the ends of the curve -- the...
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The U.N. Rights Agenda
By announcing that he's looking for a "superstar" to appoint as High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kofi Annan has made clear his intention to be the first Secretary General to create a human rights soapbox within the United Nations. Annan's promise...
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Why I Love Bill Clinton
It's taken five years, but at last I must rally to the President. Not, to be sure, because of his repulsive budget deal, in which the rich are guided to even greater good fortune courtesy of Representative Bill Archer, chairman of the Ways and Means...
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