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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. 264, No. 12, March 31

Arafat's Dance with Bibi
Every few months there comes a crisis in the ongoing Oslo process. It's always difficult to judge the depth of these troubles: When two irreconcilable parties are attempting to reconcile, it's hard to know what really constitutes a crisis--the entire...
Asian-Americans under Glass: Where the Furor over the President's Fundraising Has Gone Awry - and Racist
As revelations of suspect campaign contributions emerge almost daily--lately, F.B.I. warnings of possible Chinese influence, and a $50,000 donation taken at the White House by Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief of staff--the Democratic National Committee...
Confirming the C.I.A
Confirmation hearings for C.I.A. directors are often best judged by what is not mentioned. When Anthony Lake, President Clinton's former National Security Adviser, came before the Senate Intelligence Committee as the nominee for chief spook, scalp-hungry...
Dilating Truth
The ban on intact dilation and extraction--so-called partial-birth abortion--has been re-introduced in both houses of Congress in a flurry of right-wing rhetoric. In addition to the usual comments from the usual suspects--John Cardinal O'Connor denounced...
Donnie Brasco
Moist-eyed Johnny Depp is gone--Scissorhands Johnny, Johnny the Dead Man, tenderhearted brooder Gilbert Grape. Never again will he dress in angora. In Donnie Brasco, a fuller-faced, heftier Depp shakes off the last dew of teendom, taking on the aspect...
Feds
The F.B.I. agents and New York prosecutors who collectively strive to maintain public order on Feds (Wednesdays, 9:00, CBS) have a little office tradition called "Perp of the Month." Gathered around a monitor glowing with an ominously silent surveillance...
Hayden's Fight for L.A
It's evening rush hour in downtown L.A., and Tom Hayden is at the head of a noisy protest march: 2,500 people demonstrating in support of workers organizing at the New Otani Hotel in Little Tokyo. While young people in traditional Japanese garb pound...
NATO's New Frontier: NATO Is an Anachronism; We Need an Alternative Strategy for European Security
The progress toward denuclearization and a more secure Europe that has been made in the past decade is about to be sacrificed on the altar of NATO expansion, which threatens to poison relations between the West and Russia and re-divide Europe. It...
News from Inside
The essence of capital punishment--that grotesque apparatus of "big government"--is that it involves the planned destruction of a human being. In certain countries, and at certain periods of history, this disagreeable consideration can or could be...
Secrets and Lies
Ron Fitzsimmons's dramatic statement that he "lied through his teeth" fifteen months ago when he said, in a never-aired comment for Nightline, that only 450 "partial-birth abortions" are performed annually in the United States, always for serious...
Slush Funding
Anyone interested in genuine reform of the political system should take an agnostic view of the latest moves by President Clinton and G.O.P. Senate majority leader Trent Lott on the campaign finance front. First there was Lott's about-face on the...
The Daytrippers
Moist-eyed Johnny Depp is gone--Scissorhands Johnny, Johnny the Dead Man, tenderhearted brooder Gilbert Grape. Never again will he dress in angora. In Donnie Brasco, a fuller-faced, heftier Depp shakes off the last dew of teendom, taking on the aspect...
The Past in Our Pocket
If the past is a foreign country, as L.P. Hartley wrote, journalists are among its most avid visitors. Drawn to the past with the intensity of collectors, journalists hoard its underpriced trinkets, wait for their value to rise and display them with...
The Practice
The F.B.I. agents and New York prosecutors who collectively strive to maintain public order on Feds (Wednesdays, 9:00, CBS) have a little office tradition called "Perp of the Month." Gathered around a monitor glowing with an ominously silent surveillance...
Two Great Republicans
Only yesterday, it seems, there was a news business and a public relations business. Try telling that to Howard Stern. Here's Howard's record as we go to press: number-one movie; number-one album; fastest-selling book in Simon & Schuster history;...
Why Race Dialogue Stutters: We Engage Symbols, Not Substance, in Our Talk - a Sort of Race Entertainment
Nobody wants to talk just about the O.J. Simpson verdicts. They want to talk about what the verdicts reveal about the current state of race relations in America. That the Simpson trials are used as an occasion to talk about race in this country is...
Yeltsin's Summit, Russia's Vale
AS HE PREPARES TO MEET CLINTON, YELTSIN LEAVES BEHIND A RUSSIA IN SERIOUS DISARRAY--CABINET SHUFFLE AND NEW ECONOMIC OVERLORD (SAME AS THE OLD) NOTWITHSTANDING. President Clinton is meeting March 20 in Helsinki with his Russian counterpart, who is...