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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. 266, No. 14, April 20

Bad History
Shortly after the publication of David McCullough's prizewinning biography Truman, an ad hoc committee of concerned historians was formed to ponder how any historian, no matter how amiably "in the grain," could write at such length about so crucial...
Bella Abzug, 1920-1998
She was born the year women got the vote, the daughter of Russian Jewish socialist immigrants; her father named his Manhattan butcher shop the Live and Let Live Meat Market as a protest against the First World War. Denied admission to Harvard Law...
Dismissing Paula Jones
What's most remarkable about the Paula Jones phenomenon is that she never had evidence and she never had a case. Her suit went all the way to the Supreme Court and paralyzed the political system of this country, and for what? Take the woman at her...
English Lesson in California: In the Face of a Ballot Challenge, Support for Bilingual Education Is Wavering
Early this past February, thousands of bilingual teachers and advocates descended upon San Jose, California, to attend what may wind up being the very last annual conference of the California Association of Bilingual Educators. CABE, as the group...
Fernand Leger
Braque and Picasso are widely considered the inventors of Cubism -- but did they especially know it was Cubism they were inventing? "We had no intention whatever of inventing Cubism," Picasso said long after the event, leaving the question open of...
Hate Is a Cash Crop
"Marlene squatted on the hospital rooftop/agitated, wary/her frayed bonds with life/ready to snap" -- opens Judith Clark's poem for a writing workshop at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. For readers at liberty, the poem offers a series of growing...
Honey, I Shrunk the Classroom
The day begins at the subway station. A fresh-faced youngster just ahead of me drops his pocket change into the paper cup of a homeless man. "God love you," says the man, "and stay in school." Both a forlorn blessing and a weary tocsin, the comment...
Into Africa
Escaping Ken Staff and shoring up the black vote aside, one thing is clear from Bill Clinton's imperial safari through Africa: Despite his claims to the contrary, there is as much of a "Scramble for Africa" now as there was during colonial or cold...
Sex and the Times
For the first time in this reader's memory, I picked up my New York Times to find an editorial decrying an Op-Ed piece the newspaper had run two days earlier. What opinion could be so noxious and threatening that the Times found it necessary to excoriate...
Silence Kills Blacks
The latest statistics on AIDS and black Americans are grim. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 1997 African-Americans made up more than half -- 52.1 percent -- of all new cases of H.I.V infection. The C.D.C. released these findings at...
Supping with the French Devil: The Temptation to Accept the National Front as a Partner Has Split the Right
Cartoonists can beat journalists at their own game of first oversimplifying and then exaggerating. In France, where everybody knows about the trial of Maurice Papon -- sued for his role in the wartime deportation of Jews and pleading ignorance of...
The Secrets of ABFICUS
That previously impassable security fence known as "Swiss banking secrecy" is displaying signs of disrepair beyond the recent onslaught on Swiss money-washing for the Nazis. Prosecutors have been tracing the millions lodged by Raul Salinas, brother...
Veggie Libel, Wilted Press: How Food-Disparagement Laws Gag Reporting on Issues of Public Health and Safety
"Free speech not only lives, it rocks," Oprah Winfrey exclaimed after a federal jury in Amarillo ruled against a group of Texas cattlemen who claimed that the talk-show queen had illegally bad-mouthed American beef during a show on mad cow disease....
Why Tax Work? A Close Look at the Payroll Tax Turns Conservative Rhetoric on Its Head
Three-quarters of the U.S. public believes our tax system needs a major overhaul, and so far, conservatives seem to have a lock on the issue. As House minority leader Richard Gephardt concedes, "[Voters] are very upset about their own economic situation...