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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. 14, April 10

Brains in a Bottle
In the April issue of Scientific American, Joe Tsien, an assistant professor of molecular biology at Princeton University, writes that his laboratory's successful genetic enhancement of the memory function of mice could one day lead to the commercial...
Classified
While we reserve the right to edit, reject or reclassify any advertisement, The Nation wishes its readers to know we don't have the facilities to check the promises made by our advertisers, and we have a strong presumption against censoring any advertisement,...
Events
International Dubrovnik, Croatia June 4-11. "Peacebuilding in the 21st Century." A radical, 7-day inquiry into the root causes of war and the systems that perpetuate it. Featuring Tom Hayden, Susan Griffin, Sam Keen, Anne Wilson Schaef, Arun...
Gore's Secret List - Remember the Lincoln Bedroom Crowd? They're Back, Fundraising for the Veep
Now that he's secured the Democratic nomination, Al Gore should have no problem raising money for the fall election. Indeed, the Vice President has already drummed up $37 million, about $9 million more than the Democratic ticket raised in 1996. Still,...
Haider's Culture War
When Rudolph Giuliani, the Mayor of New York, shared a platform with Austrian politician Jorg Haider at a CORE dinner on Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and caught an expected amount of flak from his opponents, he said he hadn't known Haider was...
Hold That Nun-Killer!
"Judge Hiller assigns Lindsay the repugnant task of defending nun- killer Michael Kingston. Lindsay discovers that the police search that found the body was unconstitutional and, against all her morals, moves that Kingston be released. Helen delivers...
Into the Muck
That the mainstream media are increasingly conservative and gossip- driven is not exactly news. Interestingly, the gossip media, even when judged by their own debased standards, also seem to exhibit a political tilt. A prime reason for this is the...
Israel's Five-Poem War
On March 13 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament-launched because of objections to the inclusion of five works by a Palestinian poet in the high school literature curriculum. The last time Arabic poetry was...
Kosovo Revisited
On March 24, 1999, NATO began a massive bombing campaign against Yugoslavia in what was described as a "humanitarian intervention" to stop Belgrade's oppression of the Albanian Kosovars. We opposed the NATO bombing campaign at the time because the...
LAPD: Law and Disorder
Can you top this? seems to be the theme of the escalating police scandal in Los Angeles. What started as a story of corrupt cops now involves the Police Chief and District Attorney calling each other a liar, the Mayor calling them children, federal...
Letter from Finland
Imagine a US presidential election in which four out of the five leading candidates are women and in which a woman (naturally!) wins. Then, imagine that the new President is a leftist and Social Democrat, a single mom, unmarried with a partner, former...
Nuclear Power Play
The federal government is reviewing the first-ever application to relicense a nuclear power reactor. But the process has been tainted by a manipulative regulatory change that ignores the health of nearby residents as a criterion for renewal. Baltimore...
Pigeons Home to Roost
erin brockovich * the carriers are waiting Star vehicle? Erin Brockovich begins with Julia Roberts already in close-up, eyes eager as salesmen in matched gabardine suits, lips vibrant and playful as double-dutch jump-ropes, skin glistening in a...
Saint Ralph and the Dragon
Los Angeles; New York City Forgive us, Katha Pollitt, for we have sinned ["Subject to Debate," March 20]. Having made some initial ideological errors, we continued to be led by impure thoughts into a life of blasphemy until your most recent column...
Shopping till We Drop
During the past two decades, as random financial crises visited various fast-growing economies, we have become familiar, after the fact, with the profile of a developing country that's headed for trouble. A booming, modernizing industrial system expands...
The Bush Money Machine - George W. Rakes It in with a Little Help on the Q.T. from His (and Daddy's) Pals
If George W. Bush makes it to the White House, he will have an exceptional number of friends waiting for him when he arrives in Washington. A "friend," to a Washington lobbyist, is a politician he's raised money for and expects favors from. The recent...
The 'Casanova of Causes'
ARTHUR KOESTLER: The Homeless Mind. By David Cesarani. The Free Press. 646 pp. $30. To her biographer, Simone de Beauvoir confided a less than rhapsodic one-night stand, in 1946, with the Hungarian malcontent Arthur Koestler: "One night I got so drunk...