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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. 270, No. 21, May 29

A NEW PUBLIC-FUNDING LAW HAS PROMPTED MANY REFORMERS TO RUN FOR OFFICE : Clean Money in Maine
Steep Falls, Maine Thirty-four-year-old wife, mother and small-business woman Sue Hawes hardly seems to fit the standard profile of a serious state legislative candidate. A former social worker with a husband on disability and a small child, she...
Did Elgin Cheat at Marbles?
When I answered my hotel telephone, the desk clerk said that my translators were waiting for me. I went downstairs quickly. After we had introduced ourselves, I expanded on what I had previously written them--that I wanted to find whatever I could...
Guns, Mothers and Us
Has gun control's moment arrived? The Mother's Day march in Washington on May 14 certainly demonstrates that there is a constituency for an end to gun violence and to the legislative inaction caused by the power and money of the National Rifle Association....
Letters
At Indiewood & Vine New York City * As one who has worked on both sides of the camera and court on indies in Manhattan, I found your April 3 Independent Film Issue fascinating and forwarded it to numerous people within the community. MELANIE...
Nuclear Madness
One day early in the month I heard an astonishing announcement on the radio. I was on my way to get a cup of coffee before teaching a class in Middletown, Connecticut. I noticed that it was a few minutes to 9, and I decided to catch the top of the...
OUTRAGED BY PCB CONTAMINATION, AN ALABAMA TOWN UNEARTHS A COMPANY'S PAST : What Monsanto Knew
In a small brick house strung year-round with Christmas lights, behind curtains made of flowered sheets, Jeremiah Smith is listening to his favorite preacher on the radio. As tonight's installment of the Gospels winds down, Smith, who has warm brown...
The Battle of Vieques
Forty-six years after Lolita Lebron and fellow Puerto Rican nationalists shot up the House of Representatives, wounding five members in a desperate act of defiance, Lebron, along with Puerto Rican members of Congress Luis Gutierrez and Nydia Velazquez,...
The NRA Wants You
Locked and loaded, the National Rifle Association is mapping out its battle plan for Election 2000, flush with cash and boasting a membership that could reach an all-time high of 4 million by November. Half a decade ago, after losing bruising battles...
Underground against the Taliban
The atrocities of the Afghan Taliban toward women have been widely reported in the Western press: women banned from work; forbidden to leave their homes unless shrouded in the burkha, a voluminous top-to-toe covering with a mesh grid over the eyes,...
Village Idiots, Then & Now
THE IDIOTS * THE SORROW AND THE PITY To watch Lars von Trier's The Idiots is to see a dead dog rise and howl at the moon. The dog is a century's worth of Dadaists, avant-garde theater troupes and convention-hating communards--cliques that no longer...
Who's Sorry Now?
The apology and restitution business, which has been evolving into an ever-smoother operation over the past few years, has just come up with something genuine. President Mathieu Kerekou, of the tiny West African state of Benin, has sent a delegation...