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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. 277, No. 5, August 18

Congress Rebuffs the FCC. (Comment)
The revolution may, in fact, be televised--and on C-Span, no less. The Congressional revolt against the Federal Communications Commission's loosening of media ownership rules has stunned a Bush Administration that is not used to facing bipartisan opposition...
Different Frequencies: How Small and Scrappy Radio Stations Survive in the Clear Channel Era. (Articles)
Clear Channel is destroying radio. At least, that's the popular mantra these days. Radio consolidation--which shifted into high gear with the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and has been fostered by a pro-big-media majority at the Federal Communications...
Hungry in America: Washington No Longer Feels It Ought to Insure That Everyone Has Enough to Eat. (Articles)
I have no heart for somebody who starves his folks.--George W. Bush discussing North Korean leader Kim Jong II and US food donations on CNN (January 2, 2003) Ellen Spearman lives in a trailer at the edge of Morrill, Nebraska, a tiny dusty town near...
Letter from Sarajevo. (Articles)
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina The Rev. Franklin Graham ought to visit Sarajevo. So, for that matter, should anybody else who thinks Islam "is a very evil and wicked religion," as Graham said it was shortly after the September 11 attacks; or that...
Meet the Prime WMD Fabricator
Week after week Bush and his people have been getting pounded by newly emboldened Democrats and liberal pundits for having exaggerated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein and his still-elusive weapons of mass destruction. One day CIA Director George...
Northern Exposure. (Articles)
Delta Junction, Alaska In spring 2002, construction crews excavating silo pits for a missile defense site in Fort Greely, Alaska, chanced upon a disturbing discovery--a buried cache of twenty-four mysterious fifty-five-gallon drums leaking a toxic...
Operation Iranian Freedom: Iran's Brief Experiment with Democracy Came to a Tragic End, Courtesy of Washington
ALL THE SHAH'S MEN: An American Coup and the Roots of Terror in the Middle East. By Stephen Kinzer. Wiley. 258 pp. $24.95. In Washington, the hawks and vultures are beginning to gaze at Iran with greed-filled eyes. The British attack dog is barking...
Paint It Black
KAZIMIR MALEVICH If the idea of monochrome painting occurred to anyone before the twentieth century, it would have been understood as a picture of a monochrome reality, and probably taken as a joke. Hegel likened the Absolute in Schelling to a dark...
Payments for Perle. (Comment)
An odd thing happened in February when a European television station approached Richard Perle for an interview. Millions of antiwar protesters had rocked the globe a week prior, and the station badly wanted Perle, as chairman of the influential Defense...
Present at the Dissolution. (Editorials)
Washington has shifted into scandal gear. The Administration offers one explanation after another for the President's discredited claim in the State of the Union address that British intelligence had "learned" Iraq was seeking to buy lightly refined...
The Age of Innocence
SEABISCUIT * DIRTY PRETTY THINGS * THE MAGDALENE SISTERS * SEPTEMBER 11 If you've seen Pleasantville--the story of teenagers who are magically transported from 1990s reality into 1950s television--you know that its writer-director, Gary Ross, has...
The Drug War Goes Up in Smoke: A Budget Crisis and a Prison Boom Make the States a Vanguard for Drug Reform. (Articles)
The war on terror may be too new to declare victory or defeat. But this nation has been fighting a war on drugs for more than a quarter-century, ever since New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller mandated harsh drug sentencing in 1973--and it may be time...
The Heat Is On: As Questions Grow, So Does Bush's Vulnerability. (Articles)
Washington hath no fury like a Henry Waxman scorned. On March 17, as President Bush made final preparations to order the invasion of Iraq, the veteran Democratic Congressman from California asked the White House to explain how forged evidence claiming...
The Legacy of Hanford: Washington Continues to Evade Responsibility for 47 Years of Contamination. (Articles)
In mid-October of 1805, after being saved from starvation by Indians, the exhausted Corps of Discovery led by Captains Lewis and Clark finally reached the Columbia River Basin--gateway to the Pacific. The success of their two-year quest to chart the...
Travels with Izzi. (Comment)
Baghdad The conquest of this country, in the military equivalent of a hostile takeover, reached its flood tide with the triumphant tour of occupied Iraq by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, the war's policy theorist, and the (over)killing...
Victory at McDonald's. (Comment)
Since McDonald's is a global icon of cultural imperialism and the target for numerous other social complaints, it's a little awkward to celebrate the world's largest fast-food corporation for a progressive political breakthrough. Nevertheless, McDonald's...