The Nation

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. 13, April 7

Above Champlain
Barely dawn--and the racetrack, Terraced above Champlain, dizzies with movement. The grooms slap open the doors of the barn. Horses bang out of their stalls. Animals, stables, bins of feed: but none of a farm's Sullen air of work...
A Year in Corporate Crime
The Wall Street Journal is the main reporter in our country of corporate crime. The Wall Street Journal has so much information on corporate crime it should be named The Crime Street Journal Taking Nader at his word, we decided the best way to survey...
Chainsaw Economics
"I think as we look at this world that we are living in, there are opportunities for a lot of terrific things to happen," Sandy Weill, chairman of the Travelers Group, told Lou Dobbs on CNN in January. In Weill's world that's certainly true: On March...
Confirmation Blues
"Someone on this committee--perhaps you, Mr. Chairman"--might one day have to submit to a confirmation hearing --Senator John McCain to Senator Richard Shelby at Anthony Lake's confirmation hearing If the general populace were able to collaborate...
Deconstruction Goes Pop
TV Guide's listings last year included a cable show on Elvis's "life and cuisine" called "The Burger & the King." The capsule description read, "Presley's tragic diet is deconstructed." Deconstructed? Just a few years ago "deconstruction"...
Hong Kong under the Gun: Pro-Democracy Groups Fear Freedom Will Go in the Handover to Beijing
On January 25, a group of leading local tycoons, representing tens of billions of dollars in personal wealth and vastly more in corporate assets, boarded buses outside the offices of the Xinhua (New China) News Agency, China's de facto embassy. It...
Making U.S. Mean 'us.'(American Foreign Policy)
Not only can foreign policy be cool," explained Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to a group of Texas high school students, "but it can be awesome." Americans, she rightly noted, "need to understand why foreign policy is important," and the President...
Mr. K. Challenges the World
You can tell a lot about a politician by his friends, but even more by his enemies. Dennis Kucinich, the dynamic former mayor of Cleveland and the newly elected Democratic Representative from Ohio's 10th Congressional District on the West Side of...
O Happy Morn
There's nothing more pleasing than to arise from one's slumbers, proceed to the front door anticipating the absurdities that R.W. Apple might have written the previous day, then pluck The New York Times from off the threshold to find that once again...
Sleeping Lawyer Syndrome
The Constitution says that everyone's entitled to an attorney of their choice. But the Constitution does not say that the lawyer has to be awake. --Judge Doug Shaver, Texas District Court Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...
Tales from the K.G.B
With the end of the cold war, a number of former K.G.B.ers have come forward to tell their spy stories. The most recent debut is that of retired K.G.B. officer Aleksandr Semyonovich Feklisov, who says he was the Soviet intelligence agent who during...
Teapot Dome, Part II: The Rush for Alaskan Oil
Forget the favors to Lippo. Forget those nightly rentals of the Lincoln bedroom. By far the biggest scandal in town, entirely unreported, is the new Alaskan oil rush. It is a multibillion-dollar giveaway reminiscent of the Teapot Dome fiasco, when...
The Radical Colonel
One of the more radical minds in America left us last week. Col. John Boyd died in Florida at the age of 70, and though the Air Force honored him Thursday, March 20, with a funeral in Arlington, complete with guard and fly-by, there are doubtless...