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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. 272, No. 16, April 23

A Fairness Agenda for the Bush Era : IN THE CLASH OVER TAX CUTS AND SOCIAL PROGRAMS, MUCH OF WHAT PROGRESSIVES NEED TO DO IS DEFENSIVE. BUT IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE NOT TO FLOAT NEW IDEAS, TOO
What is in store for low-income Americans under a Bush Administration? What victories, if any, can progressives realistically hope to win? President Bush's performance is already deeply troubling. So far he looks more like Ronald Reagan than President...
Back to the Bay of Pigs
Havana Two senior citizens of the cold war are chatting amiably over small cups of thick, sweet Cuban coffee in a Havana hotel. Bob Reynolds, tall and erect in his mid-70s, made clandestine trips to Havana for the CIA in the early years of the Cuban...
Beauty and the Beastly
PAUL McCARTHY Jean Clair, director of the Musee Picasso in Paris and widely respected both as scholar and art critic, has for some years been out of sympathy with contemporary art. When he and I shared a platform in the Netherlands a year ago, he...
Beyond McCain-Feingold
The Senate's passage of McCain-Feingold was welcome if only as a comeuppance to the Trent Lotts and Mitch McConnells who had arrogantly defied popular sentiment by keeping the bill under wraps for six years. There were several factors that made the...
Commies and the Conservatives Who Love Them
Remember the term "useful idiots"? Those were the well-meaning leftists who during the cold war couldn't distinguish between the beautiful dream of communism and the murderous reality of Soviet Stalinism. They blinded themselves to tyranny and weakened...
Diamonds of Death : A Tough Bill Is Falling Victim to the Power of Warlords and Corporations
For much of last year, the diamond industry was rocked by a wave of bad publicity concerning "conflict diamonds"--smuggled gems whose sale allows African governments and rebel groups to finance their wars. In addition to several United Nations reports...
Letters
REFORMER IN THE DELLS Milwaukee * A postscript to Frances Fox Piven's excellent "Thompson's Easy Ride" [Feb. 26], on the elevation of Wisconsin Governor (and die-hard welfare reformer) Tommy Thompson to Health and Human Services Secretary: Wisconsin's...
On the Record: Toward a Union Label
Courtney Love's plea to fellow recording artists to join her in the creation of a new musicians' guild, printed below, is the latest blow to the beleaguered "Big Five" conglomerates that control the music industry. Although the record companies have...
Preserving the Urban Dynamic : Cities That Say No to New Malls and Superstores Are Enjoying Regeneration
New Rochelle may be a small city in just another rich New York City suburb, but with the recent defeat of a proposed Ikea superstore, it symbolizes a significant turning point in the struggle of communities against the intrusion of big-box retailers....
Publish or Speech Perishes
In the words of the old folk song, "When will they ever learn?" David Horowitz, former radical who these days is in the business of promoting (1) neoconservatism and (2) David Horowitz (although not necessarily in that order), has done it again. A...
Pundits Who Predict the Future Are Always Wrong
At its 1964 convention in San Francisco, the Republican Party emerged from a corrosive faction fight between its left and right wings to do something that was supposed to be impossible: It nominated a conservative. Barry Goldwater earned that nomination...
Stones, Glass Houses, Sontag and Said
To put it all in a nutshell, come the month of May Edward Said won't be traveling to Vienna; Susan Sontag will be traveling to Jerusalem. It's a backhanded tribute to his effectiveness as a spokesman for the Palestinian cause that the attacks on...
The Doctor Killers
The arrest in France of James Kopp, the accused assassin of Buffalo obstetrician Barnett Slepian, could not have come at a more awkward time for the Bush Administration. Bush inaugurates himself by blocking aid to international family planning agencies...