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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. 275, No. 21, December 16

Ask the Relativist
Dear Dr. Madlaw, As a newly elected member of Congress, I am appalled at the high cost of living in Washington. What's a hard-working public servant to do? Mr. Smith Dear Mr. Smith, There are entitlement programs designed to assist those...
Blacks and the Democratic Party: Voters Felt Devalued and Heard No Message, So Many of Them Stayed Home. (Articles)
If Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana fails to win re-election in her December 7 runoff, one of the contributing factors could be a falloff in African-American turnout that speaks to problems deep within the Democratic Party. For some...
Blowin' in a New Wind
Ani Difranco As the 2002 election results came in, I surfed through 100 cable channels with nothing on and hit an infomercial hosted by John Sebastian for a Time-Life eight-CD set of 1950s and '60s folk and folk rock. For the nth time I thought,...
Containing Saddam. (Comment)
Critics of America's plans to oust Saddam Hussein militarily have mounted powerful arguments, but not one has articulated a coherent nonmilitary strategy to bring about the demise of the monstrous Iraqi regime. But there is an alternative strategy,...
Hunger USA. (Comment)
Tony Hall, just before leaving Congress in September, sat in his office in Longworth House Office Building and thought of something that had stuck with him since a trip to Appalachia. "I talked to mothers who lived in a trailer park, who told me...
Letter from Chile
A few weeks ago, Latin American trade ministers met in Quito, Ecuador, for what was expected to be a decisive negotiating round for the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), a far-reaching economic integration agreement involving every country...
Letter to America
In an effort to provide a needed international perspective in the debate over US foreign policy, The Nation asked a number of foreign intellectuals to share their reflections. This is the fourth in that series, consisting of an interview with Jurgen...
Mumia's Appeal. (Comment)
After decades of legal and political maneuvering, the twenty-year-old death-penalty case of black journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal is entering a critical stage. The former Black Panther activist's case is currently before the Court of Appeals for the...
Pentagon Hawks Take Wing: A New Defense Department Spy Office Could Politicize Intelligence Gathering. (Articles)
As the civil liberties community endeavors to stem the tide of threats to the Constitution posed by John Ashcroft's Justice Department and new Department of Homeland Security, some in Washington policy-making circles watched with trepidation on...
Quiet in Hollywood. (Comment)
The Quiet American, which recently opened for a two-week run in a couple of theaters in New York and Los Angeles, illustrates just how far Hollywood self-censorship has gone in the year since 9/11. The film about Americans in colonial Indochina...
The Grubman. (Comment)
The financial scandals continue to produce more outrageous revelations, but lately they come with lurid personal details more appropriate to bottom-dwelling tabloids than the Wall Street Journal. The tangled plot and expressive names at Citigroup...
Total Information, Total Confusion
So let's join Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Edward "Pete" Aldridge at a recent Pentagon press briefing, where he's addressing concerns about the Pentagon's bold new plan to have Adm. John Poindexter personally...
Wal-Mart Values: Selling Women Short. (Articles)
Wal-Mart is an unadorned eyesore surrounded by a parking lot, even its logo aggressively devoid of flourish. Proving that looks don't matter, however, the retail giant has a way with women: Four out of ten American women visit one of Wal-Mart's...
What Price Security? (Editorials)
Now, here's what the deal's supposed to be: In exchange for greater security you give up certain rights. At least, that's what most Americans tell pollsters they want in the wake of September 11. But if the Homeland Security Act is any indication,...