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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. 25, June 25

Blindness in Gaza
The bombing of a Tel Aviv disco, in which twenty Israelis, many of them teenagers, were killed, was an atrocity of such horror that it seemed to shock both sides into taking steps toward installing a very tentative, precarious cease-fire. In the aftermath...
Bush's Tax Savings : Unreal!
For months, President Bush dropped the names of "real Americans" into his prepared speeches. From the podium he regularly introduced single and two-parent families filled with hard-working taxpayers, like a hospital engineer from Georgia and a restaurant...
Edison's Red Ink Schoolhouse -- THE BIGGEST BRAND NAME IN FOR-PROFIT EDUCATION IS FLOUNDERING. IT TURNS OUT WHAT'S GOOD FOR CHILDREN IS BAD FOR BUSINESS: SPENDING MONEY ON SCHOOLS
For Edison Schools, Inc., April was the cruelest month. Edison, a $1.3 billion corporation that in 2000-01 ran what it counts as 113 schools (some with the same principal under the same roof) enrolling some 57,000 students, is the largest and easily...
Florida Revisited
With each new look at the November election in Florida, the argument of the Bush Five on the Supreme Court--that manual recounts would lead to the unequal treatment of voters--appears more ludicrous. The election itself was a statewide orgy of unequal...
Harvard's 'Fitting Choice'
On July 1, Larry Summers--the Wunderkind economist who ran the Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton--takes over as president of Harvard University. "A fitting choice," editorialized the New York Times. But fitting in what way? On July 1...
Letters
...AND APPLE PIE Ravello, Italy * Katha Pollitt's heart-wrenching "Happy Mother's Day" was, of course, a treat ["Subject to Debate," May 28]. But the crystalline masses of her prose were sometimes flawed by odd cracks. She rightly mentions how...
Mad Bad Ads
Memo to editors of campus papers: When the next right-wing ideologue shows up with an ad full of nonsense, just take the money and print it. That way, they will not be able to pose as the victim of "political correctness," they will not get millions...
McCain in Vain?
In Washington, all politics is personality. Or so it often seems. After the Jim Jeffords jump, the media zoomed in on Senator John McCain and breathlessly penned a new chapter in the Bush-McCain psychodrama. Look, McCain is hosting Tom Daschle at his...
Not This Time in LA
Politics, they say, is the art of the possible. And for much of the spring it seemed possible that America's second-largest city would elect as its mayor a progressive Latino who at one time had a tattoo that read, "Born to Raise Hell." Antonio Villaraigosa...
Russian Nuclear Roulette
A baccalaureate should be an occasion to celebrate the present and express optimism about the future, but I must come to you today with very bad news about Russia, my subject of study, and therefore with great alarm about the future. If America's post-cold...
The Dogmeteers
The King Is Alive It's been six years since Dogme 95 nailed its ten-point "Vow of Chastity" to the door of world cinema. Lars von Trier's gang of four Danish film rebels flung an inkwell at the father of Hollywood lies, calling for an end to auteurist...
The Fugitive
It was, take it for all in all, a near-faultless headline: Henry Kissinger rattrape au Ritz, a Paris, par les fantomes du plan Condor. I especially liked the accidental synonymy of the verb rattraper. What a rat. And such a trap. It was in this fashion...
The Littlest Coke Addicts
The March 14 announcement by the Coca-Cola Company that it is scaling back its aggressive marketing strategy in public schools is a clear victory for opponents of schoolhouse commercialism. But it's unlikely that it will do much in the long run to...
The New Nuclear Danger
On June 12, 1982, 1 million people assembled in Central Park in New York City to protest the reckless nuclear policies of the Reagan Administration and to call for a nuclear freeze. They never assembled in such numbers again--in part because Reagan...