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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. 12, March 27

Ask Dr. Mad Law
Section 10-131, subparagraph (g)1, of the administrative code of the City of New York provides that: "It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale, possess or use or attempt to use or give away, any toy or imitation firearm which substantially...
Bush of Arabia
In January former President George Bush and former British Prime Minister John Major paid a social call on Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah at his luxurious tent compound outside Riyadh. While chitchatting, the Prince asked his guests to excuse...
California Bad Dreams
It hadn't been since 1972 that the California primary played a decisive role in a presidential race. That changed this time around. After leapfrogging ahead from its traditional June spot to early March, the California primary vote sent the final torpedo...
Cops and Dogs
In California, as in most states, any election aftermath involves a wan hunt for silver linings. As always, it's hard to find them. Gays will have to book flights to Vermont and take up residence there, in the hopes of someday securing legal sanction...
Elian and the Tale of Pedro Pan
It seems that each day has brought a strange new twist to the story of Elian Gonzalez, as forty years of unresolved hostilities are played out in the battle over his fate. This month Federal District Judge K. Michael Moore is scheduled to hear arguments...
In Fact
PINOCHET'S DANCE Mark Cooper writes: Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet seems to have undergone a miraculous recovery. The British government, citing the general's supposed incapacity, bundled him off for home. But as soon as Pinochet took...
Labor's Muscle
It's been almost a hundred years since American Federation of Labor president Sam Gompers declared that "we will stand by our friends and administer a stinging rebuke to men or parties who are either indifferent, negligent or hostile." Such a rebuke...
Planetary Realignments
Alone; The Little Thief; What Planet Are You From? Last night a teenager killed himself below my bedroom window. I heard it happen: first a crescendo of police sirens coming up the avenue at two in the morning, then a crash. The car was a big new...
Temps Demand a New Deal
With this issue, we resume our 'What Works' series, which explores effective projects and strategies for improving people's lives through progressive social change.-The Editors Contingent 1 liable to occur but not certain; possible 2 conditional...
The Stealth Candidate
On the morning after, people awoke to the drear prospect of "gush and bore" for the next six months, and excitement flew out the window. No reason to despair-we can refocus mental energies on another, more significant campaign running in the shadows...
Where's the Rest of Him?
Both Republican candidates battled to claim the mantle of the Gipper. John McCain calls himself "a true Reagan Republican." George W. Bush retorts, "It is not Reaganesque to say one thing and do another." The pundits keep score but, once again, miss...
Where We Started From
The system works. After Super Tuesday, each party has as its putative nominee the fellow embraced by its elites, by its main money people, by its prominent lobbyists and, of course, by its loyal voters, who followed the orders from above and spurned...