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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. 265, No. 3, July 21

A Quest for Jobs in San Antonio
In many ways, San Antonio is the very picture of Clinton-era economic contentment. Unemployment is comfortably low at 4 percent and economic growth is steady, with an increase in high-tech and health care positions canceling out the loss of manufacturing...
Clearing the Air
In the face of a multimillion-dollar corporate blitzkrieg that polluted the airwaves with misleading ads and deployed countless lobbyists, President Clinton supported E.P.A. chief Carol Browner's new, more stringent clean air regulations. Yet he did...
F.D.R. Memorialized
Entering the new F.D.R. memorial feels like walking into a sacred place, a holy city. This impression is owing to the overwhelming presence of stone--4,500 tons of South Dakota granite (enough for an eighty-story skyscraper) roughly sawed into 31,000...
Get Thee Behind Me, Disney
The Southern Baptists have been on the wrong side of just about every issue since their founding in 1845 as a pro-slavery splitoff from the regular Baptists: mixed dancing, racial segregation, equality for women and, my personal favorite, converting...
Native Rites and Wrongs
If anything can be discerned from the two religious freedom rulings issued by the Supreme Court during the harried final week of its term, it is that jurisprudence in this area--with its talk of establishment, entanglement and accommodation--is still...
NATO's New Arms Bazaar: U.S. Military Contractors and Diplomats Are Hawking Their Wares Together
U.S. MILITARY CONTRACTORS AND DIPLOMATS ARE HAWKING THEIR WARES TOGETHER. It wasn't a typical scene at Nyugati Rail Station in downtown Budapest. On one side stood a crowd of police, camera crews, sharply dressed business executives and various Hungarian...
Poor Ward Connerly
Ward Connerly's road to national prominence is proof that the personal is political. From the well-heeled recesses of Sacramento's Republican Party and business elite, Connerly has used his position as a University of California regent and confidant...
Speech on the Line
Although the words "Speech & Power" on the cover of this issue refer to our First Amendment forum, they are also apt rubrics under which to consider the most important decisions handed down by the Supreme Court this term. Power was perhaps the...
Speech & Power: Is First Amendment Absolutism Obsolete?
Promoting civil liberties has been at the core of this magazine's agenda since its founding by abolitionists more than 130 years ago, and freedom of speech is probably the liberty we have most sought to champion. From the dissents of Justices Oliver...
Stacked Deck
Media Matters (not to be confused with this column), a new PBS show that examines press performance, aired a segment a few weeks ago that concluded that the various illnesses found among GulfWar veterans were all in their heads. The press had sensationalized...
The Court's Death Blow: Is the Supreme Court's Decision on Assisted Suicide to Be Lauded or Condemned?
IS THE SUPREME COURT'S DECISION ON ASSISTED SUICIDE TO BE LAUDED OR CONDEMNED? Do doctors have a constitutional right to prescribe drugs for their patients that will be used, if at all, only when the patients decide to commit suicide? Both the Ninth...
The New Theocrats: A Meditation on Morality, the Metallica-Listening Orders, Baptist Orthodoxy, Etc
A MEDITATION OF MORALITY, THE METALLICA-LISTENING, ORDERS, BAPTIST ORTHODOXY, ETC. June 18, 1997, proved to be yet another day that will live in infamy in the history of The Wall Street Journal, or t.w.m.i.p., "the world's most important publication,"...
Thompson's Supporting Role
THE SENATOR FOLLOWS THE SCRIPT TO PRESERVE CORRUPT CAMPAIGN FINANCING. When chairman Fred Thompson gaveled to order the June 12 meeting of his Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, the Tennessee Republican was looking grim. As the man in charge...
Waving the Flag
Most liberal critiques of the proposed flag-burning amendment miss the point, or at least miss the point being made by the proponents. This is because liberals are useless when it comes to symbols, and just as useless when it comes to arguing with...