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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. 258, No. 19, May 16

Against the Wall
The 1971 inmate rebellion at Attica--until the Los Angeles riots the deadliest civil conflict in American history besides the Civil and Indian Wars, is exiled history: Everyone ignores it. Now, out of nowhere, John Frankenheimer has selected the true...
Credibility Trap
"We couldn't believe he said that. We were really shocked." So remarked a senior National Security Council staff member two days after Secretary of State Warren Christopher's testimony to a Senate subcommittee defending the Clinton policy in Bosnia...
Many Nixons
What becomes a legend most? Over the course of almost fifty years in public life, Richard Nixon created an extraordinary wardrobe of political costumes: the "respectable Republican cloth coat," the gaudy uniform of an imperial President, the executioner's...
Minority Report
When Charles Maurras, the founder of Action Francaise, was convicted of collaboration with the Nazis after the war, he murmured, "Enfin, c'est la revanche de Dreyfus," which showed that the old bastard at least had a sense of history and of irony....
New Openings for Single-Payer; Rebuild the Coalition
For years, a devoted band of progressive activists has met in Washington twice a month to plot a revolution in American health care. Consumer advocates, union organizers, religious activists--these are people who were fighting for health reform long...
One Last Hurrah
Hard as it may be for liberals to accept, Richard Nixon' was a better President than most. On domestic policy he was a centrist, not at all given to dismantling the welfare state, as were Reagan and Bush. Yes, there was the divisive Southern campaign...
R.I.P., R.M.N
On April 23 I was awakened early in the morning by a call from BBC radio. Richard Milhous Nixon had met his terminal crisis peacefully in the night. Sternly the program's host told me that both former Prime Minister Edward Heath and Henry (never to...
Romance
On the train to New Orleans my sister and I light the Virgen de Guadelupe candles and the line of unlucky women steps out from the flame. They file past at the window where we sit, where we have given up being safe from them, our four aunts with their...
Subject to Debate
In March, when Richard Nixon met privately with Aleksandr Rutskoi two months after President Clinton met publicly with Boris Yeltsin, I found myself wondering, and not for the first time, if the reason American politics seem ever more deeply mired...
Sweatshops Behind the Labels; the 'Social Responsibility' Gap
San Francisco 1994: Everyone agrees it's expensive to live here, yet residents still crowd the Bay Area's ubiquitous cafes, movie houses and trendy nightclubs. Tucked in among these are other buildings, storefronts covered with butcher paper. Walk...
The Managed Care Scam; Playing the Denial Game
When Ruth Trotman talks about her daughter Robin's condition she can barely contain her despair. Her 19-year-old is suicidal because of a very rare and difficult to treat mental illness-obsessive-compulsive disorder (O.C.D.). Robin is terrified of...