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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. 280, No. 10, March 14

Dirty Politics, Foul Air
At Pittsburgh's Jefferson Elementary School, which overlooks the dark gray plumes from two electric power plants, there are so many children with asthma the school nurse alphabetizes the inhalers. On warm, humid days, heavy air traps the ozone and...
Galbraith and Vietnam: Kennedy, Unlike Bush, Had One Adviser Who Told Him What He Needed to Hear
In the fall of 1961, unknown to the American public, John F. Kennedy was weighing a crucial decision about Vietnam not unlike that which George W. Bush faced about Iraq in early 2002--whether to go to war. It was the height of the cold war, when Communism...
Gorbachev's Lost Legacy
The most important event of the late twentieth century began twenty years ago this month. On March 11, 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev became leader of the Soviet Union, and within a few weeks the full-scale reformation he attempted to carry out both inside...
Labor Debates Its Future
Andy Stern is not shy about speaking his mind. For several years the energetic 54-year-old president of the 1.8 million-strong Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation's second-largest and fastest-growing union, has argued in a bold--one...
Negroponte: Unfit to Lead
"You have to ask, Who would want this job?" So said a former senior CIA official referring to the new post of director of national intelligence, to which George W. Bush has appointed John Negroponte, the current US Ambassador in Iraq. The job--to oversee...
Playing by the Numbers
My friend L., a magistrate in Britain, is appalled by American-style sentencing, which has taken hold there recently. "So you have this young man who's been in and out of minor trouble before--public drunk, throwing rocks--but he's grown up a lot in...
Sex & GOP 'Values'
Mourning the loss of "moral values" voters, Democratic leaders have been softening the party's language on reproductive rights. In a recent speech, Senator Hillary Clinton called abortion "a sad, even tragic choice for many," praised faith-based programs...
The Pajama Game
It's hard to know who to root against in the bloggers vs. CNN controversy that led to the resignation of CNN's Eason Jordan, a twenty-three-year veteran of the network. Right-wing bloggers speak of themselves as having replaced the mainstream media....
When Liberals Collide: The Los Angeles Mayoral Race Raises Difficult Questions for Progressives
Four years ago the Los Angeles mayoral race pitted two Democrats against each other in a battle to preside over America's second biggest city. And once again the upcoming March 8 election might see a rematch between incumbent James Hahn and the man...