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Articles from Vol. 277, No. 12, October 20

After You, My Dear Alphonse
What's the matter with conservatives? Why can't they relax and be happy? They have the White House, both houses of Congress, the majority of governorships and more money than God. They rule talk-radio and the TV political chat shows, and they get plenty...
Death and Glory
The premature deaths in the past year of Warren Zevon, Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer ought to be enough to make the most pious among us angry at The Man Upstairs. In our prefabricated popular culture, these three stood out not only as artistic pioneers...
Edward Said
The life of our colleague Edward Said, who died on September 25, brings to mind the words of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: "It is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived."...
Endangered Species of the American South: What the Democrats Must Do to Survive
Seneca, South Carolina Early on a steamy Saturday in August, the Democrats in Senator John Edwards's birthplace have gathered for their monthly breakfast in a windowless Rotary Club meeting room, way in back of the Community Restaurant. There are...
Mementos
We gave him cufflinks fashioned out of typewriter keys for his sixtieth birthday. That was almost eight years ago. I had been his editor on political pieces since 1987, but Edward had a way of blurring professional and personal lines, and with my co-conspirator...
Republicans Relaunch the Antigay Culture Wars: The GOP Embrace of Homophobia Is More Than Simply a Sop to the Far Right-Given the Backlash against Gay Marriage, It's Shrewd Political Strategy
As George Bush's poll numbers began seriously dwindling, Karl Rove and the White House political strategists decided to reach into their bag of tricks and come up with a good old staple of reactionary politics: homophobia. The decision to scapegoat...
Rhapsody in Blue
MARTIN SCORSESE PRESENTS THE BLUES: A MUSICAL JOURNEY Time sure flies. This past February, when the 107th Congress declared 2003 the official "Year of the Blues," it was nearly impossible to take in the news without a titter of amusement. The war...
Spanking Head Start
Used to be, nearly everyone--Democrat or Republican--loved Head Start, the federal preschool program for kids from low-income families. And why not? It's one of the most successful government programs of the past forty years. Those familiar with Head...
Trading Barbs on Trade
When Paul Wellstone opted out of the 2000 presidential race, he fretted that trade policy would not be debated in the Democratic primaries and that the party would run a November campaign that failed to address blue-collar concerns about the damage...
White House Dirty Tricks
As George W. Bush tries to persuade the nation and the world that he knows what he's doing in Iraq, his credibility is undermined by lies and leaks. On the same day that news reports revealed that the House Intelligence Committee's review of prewar...