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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. 5, February 10

A Stupidity Conspiracy
If you heard that the White House issued a 331-page report last week detailing a Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce" between right-wing nuts and the mainstream media, you heard wrong. A conspiracy, such as it is, exists between the White...
Chechnya & the Bear's Long Shadow
When the citizens of the breakaway republic of Chechnya go to the polls January 27, they will be choosing a new leader under the long shadow of a war with Russia, which, while won on the battlefield, may be lost at the ballot box. Ravaged from...
Clinton's Second Coming
I should've listened to I.F. Stone, the legendary journalist who once said that when in the nation's capital, it's better to stay in the bathtub and want nothing than go downtown to meet with the powerful, who will reveal no truth and only corrupt...
Crashing the Parties: The Fate of Third-Party Movements Hangs before the Supreme Court and the F.E.C
Sick of the two-party system? You're not alone. Last November 9.6 million Americans voted for third-party presidential candidates. Leaving aside Ross Perot, whose total dropped some 60 percent, in 1996 non-major presidential candidates more than doubled...
Inaugural Treacle and the Bear
I've long since learned to expect little or nothing from an inaugural speech. It's like looking for good prose on an insurance form. Clinton's bathos oozing from my radio last Monday was so anfractuous in its oleosity that I began to sit up and pay...
Paradice
Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Iceland has created the most perfect society on earth, one from which the rest of the world has nothing to learn. Its unlikely utopia is the happy accident of a history and a geography that cannot be duplicated, or even emulated,...
Smoke in Hebron
Yasir Arafat landed here on Sunday, January 19, amid clouds of celebratory smoke die colors of the Palestinian flag marking the pad where his helicopter was to touch down. Most of those who had come to greet him couldn't see him debark because green...
Utility Meltdown
Throughout the United States the movement to deregulate the electric power industry has become what appears to be an unstoppable wave. In state after state, starting with California, utility commissions are pulling the plug on the monopolies held...
Victims & Vengeance: Why the Victims' Rights Amendment Is a Bad Idea
In the language of American politics today, victims of violent crime are accorded uniquely sanctified status. They are elevated to the podium at party conventions and honored at the White House. "I draw the most strength from the victims," Attorney...