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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. 6, September 1

California Chaos: A Political Epic with a Cast of Thousands. (Articles)
The recall of California Governor Gray Davis, scheduled for a vote October 7, calls to mind Karl Marx's statement about history repeating itself, "the first time as tragedy, and the second as farce." But in the case of the California recall, it's tragedy,...
California Scheming. (Editorials)
California has often spun the cautionary tales of American progress. Smog. Sprawl. Ronald Reagan. But this summer's California horror story is particularly sobering, as it could signal the darkest turn for democracy since the Supreme Court made George...
Creative Destruction
MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky. With essays by Lori Pauli, Mark Haworth-Booth and Kenneth Baker, and an interview by Michael Torosian. National Gallery of Canada in association with Yale University Press. 160 pp. 64...
Letter from Ground Zero: Ways to Win
Events have suddenly and unexpectedly handed the Democratic Party an opportunity to defeat George W. Bush in 2004. His main justifications for his war in Iraq (existence of weapons of mass destruction, connections with Al Qaeda) have collapsed, while...
Letter from Rwanda
The main road out of Kigali winds past steep slopes packed with small wooden shacks, a reminder of how overcrowded this tiny country is. Once outside the capital and into Gitarama province it is a different picture--high hills stretch into the distance,...
Marriage of Convenience. (Comment)
What's driving the new twin offensives against gay marriage announced by George Bush and the Pope? A reactionary wedding of morality and politics, naturally. Bush cloaked his decision to jump on the antigay marriage bandwagon in "we're all sinners"...
Money for Nothing: Activists across America Are Contesting Corporate Giveaways-And Winning
This article is part of our "What Works" series, which explores effective strategies for improving people's lives through progressive social change.--The Editors It was the dream of economic development that inspired officials in Caledonia, Minnesota,...
Mutiny in Manila
What does it take to become a major news story in the summer of Arnold and Kobe, Ben and Jen? A lot, as a group of young Philippine soldiers discovered recently. On July 27, 300 soldiers rigged a giant Manila shopping mall with C-4 explosives, accused...
Patriotic Gore
The words "Al Gore" are properly understood to be synonymous with the words "cautious politician." And yet speaking to MoveOn.org at New York University recently, Gore gave voice to some plain-spoken truths that were just about unsayable in the mass...
Pump Up the Volume. (Letters)
West Chester, Ohio * While Eric Alterman is certainly right in his characterization of the conservative dominance of the media, and hence the framing of any debate ["Stop the Presses," July 14], he does leave out some bright spots on the horizon...
Science Gets Sacked. (Comment)
Faced with inconvenient scientific information, the Bush Administration just hits delete. This according to an explosive new report by Representative Henry Waxman, which catalogues dozens of politically driven affronts to objective scientific inquiry--from...
Selling Dean Short
What did Howard Dean do to make the media so snarky about his primary run? Now that he has emerged as a major fundraiser with flocks of enthusiastic supporters, a vigorous campaign staff, a bag full of Internet tricks and respectable--and rising--poll...
Space Is the Place
I recently returned to dingy England after a road trip in America, where, as usual, I failed to take any photographs. I did, however, take the poet Charles Olson's Call Me Ishmael, which opens with his famous declaration about America: "I take SPACE...
State of California Gubernatorial Recall Election Voter Guide. (Comment)
Voter Information * A smiley face is acceptable instead of a check mark as the indicator of your voting choice. If you wish to add color, stay within the circle. Stick-on smiley faces are available from the registrar. * You may bring no more...
Teamsters & Healthcare. (Letters)
Washington, DC * Steve Early's "Labor's Health Problem" [July 7], on the challenges unions face in addressing healthcare, conveniently leaves out labor's most recent successes. But of course, Early would never give the Teamsters Union credit where...
The American Prosperity Myth: A Yawning Trade Deficit, a Weak Dollar and Spiking Inequality Spell Trouble
Everyone knows the story by now. America may have its social problems, but its highly productive, job-generating, innovative economy is the envy of the world. Europeans, on the other hand, are in a despond of high unemployment and economic sclerosis....
The Mess in Mesopotamia
THE NEW IRAQ. By Joseph Braude. Basic. 211 pp. $26. Not long before the bombs and missiles began to rain on Baghdad, three men from the Iraqi opposition in exile were summoned to the Oval Office to meet their putative liberator. As they later explained...
'The Way Life Should Be': Maine Has a Beautiful, Endlessly Explorable Coastline, along a Clean, Cold Sea
In the 1920s The Nation published a series of articles by prominent writers about their home states. We have commissioned a number of contemporary writers to do the same. This is the fourth in the series, which will be published by Nation Books in...
Untimely Meditations
LATE BEETHOVEN: Music, Thought, Imagination. By Maynard Solomon. California. 327 pp. $29.95. BEETHOVEN'S NINTH: A Political History. By Esteban Buch. Chicago. 327 pp. $27.50. BEETHOVEN: The Music and the Life. By Lewis Lockwood. Norton. 604 pp....
Urban Legend
AMERICAN SPLENDOR Here's our man, starring in a movie about himself. Notice the clumping, simian gait; the aggrieved set of the lower jaw; the habit of rubbing the back of the skull, either to quiet a nagging idea or else, more likely, nudge it...
Wanted: Youth Appeal. (Comment)
The sullen attitude of most Democratic politicians toward young people is reflected in Hillary Clinton's memoir, Living History, in which she laments that people between the ages of 18 and 21 "still [have] the lowest registration and voter turnout...