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Articles from Vol. 277, No. 10, October 6

9/11/01: Where Was George?
September 11 is often said to be the defining moment in the Bush presidency, even of modern history. How strange, therefore, that Bush's behavior that morning--along with that of his Administration--is almost never examined in any detail. This is all...
A New Economic Agenda
Two questions will dominate the 2004 presidential campaign: how to make the United States secure in an age of terror, and how to get the economy to work for all Americans. George W. Bush's responses have been to call for unilateral preemptive wars...
A New Start in Cancun
The collapse of the WTO talks in Cancun is in fact a profoundly hopeful turn of events. The developing nations have found their voice--and power. Led by Brazil and including both India and China, the "Group of 22" made it clear that while they recognize...
Dean-a-Palooza: A Front-Runner Takes to the Skies: From the Plastic Grass on the 'Grassroots Express' to the Multiculti Pageants at Almost Every Stop, It Was Politics as Usual on the Sleepless Summer Tour
It is the second day of Howard Dean's nine-city "Sleepless Summer Tour," and I'm standing on the tarmac at the airport in Portland, Oregon. I'm at the back of a long line of reporters to get onto the Dean campaign plane, nauseatingly dubbed the "Grassroots...
Enter the General
When activists began cobbling together a Draft Wesley Clark for President campaign, their Internet initiative looked to be longer on idealism than pragmatism. George W. Bush's approval ratings were as high as his dad's in 1991 and the Democratic Party...
Governor Groper?
What was the lowest point in Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver's appearance on Oprah? Was it when the three of them chortled and beamed about how exciting it was for Arnold to learn about "all those issues" he'll have to deal with as governor...
Learning the Obvious
Sometimes when I feel I want to raise my voice against the American folly in Iraq, my zeal is infected with boredom. I get the urge to say that the war in Iraq is worsening the nuclear proliferation problem (Iran and North Korea are speeding up their...
She's Gotta Have It
Sappho's Leap. By Erica Jong. Norton. 316 pp. $24.95. In his 1997 song "Highlands," Bob Dylan reports a conversation between himself and a waitress. "She says, You don't read women authors, do you?/ ... I said, you're way wrong./She says, which...
'Slugs'? I Don't Think So!
We were peppered with volleys of mail from the young, and others, responding to Thomas Geoghegan's "Dems--Why Not Woo the Young?" [July 21/28]. Letter-writers from 18 to 52 (almost all gave their age) found the editorial to be everything from "thoughtful"...
Stretched Thin, Lied to & Mistreated
An M-16 rifle hangs by a cramped military cot. On the wall above is a message in thick black ink: "Ali Baba, you owe me a strawberry milk!" It's a private joke but could just as easily summarize the worldview of American soldiers here in Baghdad,...
Taking Sides
Democrats who want to deny Howard Dean the party's 2004 presidential nomination have a new issue: They are complaining that the front-runner is insufficiently unequivocal in his support for Israel. But the criticisms have more to do with domestic politics...