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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. 276, No. 22, June 9

ALEC Meets His Match: State Activists Are Learning How to Fight Back against the Right's Powerhouse. (Articles)
George W. Bush was the President of the United States. Fran Pavley was a freshman member of the California State Assembly. On the surface, it did not look like a fair fight. But when Bush decided in March 2001 that the United States would reject the...
An Energy/jobs Program. (Comment)
America needs jobs, and working families are hurting. At the same time, the war in Iraq has heightened awareness of our dependence on foreign oil and the vulnerability of our energy system. The time is right for a national commitment to energy independence...
Building to Win. (Comment)
These are dog days for Democrats. The top-gun President continues to ride high in the polls, despite the chaos in Iraq. The Rolls-Royce reactionaries who control Washington lavish tax breaks and no-bid contracts on those who pay for their party. The...
Fight Club
Writing may be fighting, as Ishmael Reed famously opined, but most writers know the difference. There are, of course, some who blur the line. Take, for instance, Stanley Crouch, one of the great pugilists of American cultural criticism. More than a...
Forgetting to Laugh
Of all the columns I've written, never have I gotten more mail than for the following sentence: "It will not matter that the Dixie Chicks play to full, cheering houses, while their current album soars to number one on the country and bluegrass charts--The...
Guantanamo Gulag. (Comment)
Whatever happened to the "worst of the worst"? When the military started bringing captives to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in January 2002, it claimed that the detainees were dedicated to killing millions of Americans, and so suicidal that they would "gnaw...
Letter from Vietnam: If Americans Have Done Their Best to Forget the War, So Have the Vietnamese. Young People Prefer to Focus on the Future and Want Friendly Ties to America. (Articles)
Recently, with considerable misgiving, I returned to Vietnam for the first time since 1972, when I was there to make a documentary film about the war. My memories were unpromising. I had been scared and homesick, hated being around war, and was so...
Local Heroes. (Articles)
Disappointed with Congress? Join the club. Since the GOP consolidated its grip on the House and Senate, the legislative branch has provided little check on President George W. Bush's executive imbalance. But in statehouses across America, progressives...
Losing Iraq? (Editorials)
Is it too soon to ask, Who lost Iraq? War critics and skeptics should not be hurling I-told-you-so's yet. But many of the serious questions they raised before the invasion (apart from why it was justified in the first place) have turned out to be questions...
Medium Cool
The Matrix Reloaded In the film from which there is no escape and no going back, The Matrix, the writer-director team of Andy and Larry Wachowski presented a grim choice between truth and illusion. The truth: We are born and die as captives on a...
Now, Gods, Stand Up for Fakers!
Thank God for fakers! Matchless as deflaters of human and institutional pretension, they furnish us rich measures of malicious glee at the red-faced victims. Pause here to honor Konrad Kujau, whose forged Hitler diaries burst upon the world twenty...
Offering Hope-At a Price: US Drug Firms Make the Choice Clear: Our Outrageous Profits or Your Life. (Articles)
"America's Pharmaceutical Companies: New Medicines. New Hope." This was the tag line of full-page ads appearing in national magazines last year as part of a campaign by drug-industry trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America...
On the Road (Map): Rejectionists on Both Sides Are Trying to Undermine the Fledgling Initiative. (Articles)
We asked two veteran commentators to evaluate the latest Middle East peace plan. Their comments follow. --The Editors Tel Aviv So here we are. It's deja vu all over again. Or is it? Last time around, in 1991 following the Gulf War, Bush...
Road Map or Road Kill? the Chief Flaw of This Plan Is Its Failure to Focus on the Israeli Occupation. (Articles)
Apparently having learned nothing from the collapse of earlier efforts, the mainly American drafters of the road map included several features that almost guarantee its failure. One is the absence of a fixed timetable. Thus either party (in practice...
Sex and the City: The Erotic Dreamworld of Christian Schad
From the mid to the late 1920s, the German painter Christian Schad produced a group of paintings like little else in modern art. Possessing the translucent clarity of Renaissance portraits, they project a nighttown vision of Mitteleuropa worldlings,...
Socking It to the States. (Articles)
Sentient observers know that American state and local governments face a historic crisis--that they are cutting vital services and raising taxes, mainly on those already most stressed in difficult times. Schools in Oregon are closing early; New York...
Taking It to the States: Fighting the Right at Home. (Articles)
Three years into a pitched battle with George W. Bush and his conservative compadres, millions of American progressives have focused their fury on Washington-based battles to beat Bush and the right-wingers who rode in with him. But with Democrats...
Tales of the Texas Border. (Articles)
They're back now, but Texas's few living elected Democrats, who fled to Oklahoma pursued by minions of the law, are said to remain unrepentant. The proximate cause was a redistricting map, but the real reason was a sessionlong display of meanness and...