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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. 262, No. 7, February 19

A Day in the Life
Only connect, wrote E.M. Forster, and his advice rings in the ears of a reader of The New york Times. one winter Monday the paper of record led with the revelation that the Federal Aviation Administration had wasted fifteen years and at least a half-billion...
America's House of Cards: How the Casino Economy Robs the Working Poor
"I'M A MAN ON A MISSION, a man committed to all-out war," the Rev. Tom Grey tells me as we stand on the hill overlooking his Mississippi River town of Galena, Illinois. Grey may be a Methodist minister, but it's his experience as a Vietnam infantry vet...
French Lessons
Quick! Name the big news stories of 1995. Let's see--Bosnia, O.J., Oklahoma City, Million Man March, Rabin assassination, O.J., Gingrich Revolution, Chechnya, Windows 95, Tokyo subway gassings, Rwanda and--whoops, I almost forgot: O.J. The usual panorama,...
Hate
It sounds like the beginning of a joke: There were three guys, an Arab, a Jew and an African. But that story would take place in a bar. In Mathieu Kassovitz's new film, Hate, the main setting is a public housing project outside Paris where the young...
Hot Water
Too many progressives tend to dismiss Whitewater as little more than the product of Republican electioneering. They take one look at the Clintons' most visible senatorial accusers--sleazoid Al D'Amato, the master of malaprop who is Bob Dole's campaign...
How to Talk to China
Now that the Clinton Administration has at last landed its own ambassador in Beijing--former Tennessee Senator James Sasser--it appears to be cautiously reconsidering U.S.-China policy. One of the things that has long bedeviled Sino-U.S. relations is...
Intellectual Pursuit: By Ignoring Our Social and Political History, We Have Impoverished Debate about 'Black Public Intellectuals.'
Mark 1995 as the year the mainstream white media discovered public intellectuals in black. Figures like Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson, bell hooks and others were identified as the nineties equivalent of another generation of emergent intellectuals:...
Neutering America
RIGHT THINKING Special sex edition: Repression is in the air. Joycelyn Elders lost her job for taffiffig aboutjerking off. The Atlantic Monthly published Barbara Dafoe Whitehead's attack on sex education. Newsweeklies are inventing a national virginity...
Privateers Flunk School
John Golle was supposed to be an educational Lee Iacocca. Instead, he's turned out to be the repo man. When Golle and his company, Educational Alternatives Inc., took over Hartford's public schools in 1994 he was treated in many quarters as a savior,...
So Typically George
Here's a little tale of how even a tiny mouse can put the fear of the risen Christ into a blowzy old Queen. A few months ago, I was sitting morosely at my desk, wondering why I had ever agreed to review Barbara Bush: A Memoir for an English newspaper....
Take Back the Campaign
"Editors choose," writes Ben Bradlee in his recent memoir. Indeed they do. And during the 1996 campaign they will have their choice of journalisms to practice. In my four turns at "Media Matters," I plan to make clear what this choice involves. The...
Vermeer
An object is perceived as beautiful, according to Kant, when we experience it as purposive without our being able to say in what its purpose consists. This famous, obscure thesis formulates nearly to perfection the enigma of beauty in the work of Johannes...