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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. 7, September 2

Beauty Tips and Politics: Hot Media News: Women Want Hard-Hitting Reports on Issues That Affect Them
Over the past few months of prime-time pitching, you may recall seeing an ad that seemed surprisingly feminist in its attitude: a maternity ward of babies defiantly tossing off a shower of pink knit caps, to a slowly self-identifying acoustic-pop...
Iraq: The Doubters Grow. (Editorials)
This past week confirmed that the American political establishment is not united in support of the Bush Administration's policy of forcible "regime change" in Iraq. Odd as it may seem, the strongest expression of doubt came from a key member of...
Letters
Holland replies to Stone & Sklar Washington, DC * To the uninitiated, the Oliver Stone/Zachary Sklar advertisement on page 37 of the August 5/12 Nation appears to be a telling critique of my Studies in Intelligence article on the CIA and the...
Reforming the Teamsters. (Comment)
Even shrunken from its high point, the Teamsters union is a major force in the American labor movement--for both good and ill. On the plus side, building on its celebrated UPS strike of 1997, the union just negotiated respectable wage increases...
Remembering Junius Scales. (in Fact ...)
* When each day brings a new attempt to erode our fundamental civil liberties, it is worth remembering the case of Junius Scales. Scales, who died in New York in August at 82, was the only American sent to prison for being a member of the Communist...
Scene of the Crime
Bob Dylan at Newport Everyone knows what happened thirty-seven years ago when Bob Dylan fronted an electric band at the Newport Folk Festival, which is why August 3 saw 100 scribes from all over the country merging into a crowd of 10,000, inching...
Sour Thoughts for Dog Days
Let's start with Cynthia McKinney. Don't you think that if Arab-American or African-American groups targeted an incumbent white, liberal, maybe Jewish, congressperson, and shipped in money by the truckload to oust the incumbent, the rafters would...
State Judges for Sale: In the 39 States That Elect Appellate Judges, Politicization of the Bench Is Growing
For months District Judge Jim Parsons, a candidate for the Texas Supreme Court, has spent his free time dialing for dollars. In a state primed for political change by an influx of Latino voters, he is one of five Democratic candidates who hope well-placed...
Stirrings in Kabul. (Comment)
Several weeks on from the loya jirga national council, the streets of Kabul have an extra bustle. Whereas in January the place was deserted by 6 pm, now the curfew has been extended to midnight, and it costs only $5 to buy the password that can...
The Mayor of My Hometown
It's only August, but I'll go out on a limb and congratulate the Village Voice's Keith Harris for what I feel confident will stand the test of time as the stupidest comment of the year. "Because his vision of rock and roll is so grand, Springsteen...
The Men from JINSA and CSP: They Want Not Just a US Invasion of Iraq but `Total War' against Arab Regimes
Almost thirty years ago, a prominent group of neoconservative hawks found an effective vehicle for advocating their views via the Committee on the Present Danger, a group that fervently believed the United States was a hair away from being militarily...
The Play's the Thing
I'm Going Home * Full Frontal * Signs * Blood Work Like life itself, good movies sometimes change the subject on you in midparagraph. You think you're watching the story of an elderly man in mourning, buoying himself up against grief and then...
The Water Profiteers. (Going Down the Road)
There's the Department of Homeland Security when we really need it? I suppose that Homeland czar Tom Ridge is too busy with his color codes and his TIPS snitch patrols to notice or care that dozens of American communities presently find themselves...
The Women's Enron. (Comment)
The recent news about the harmful effects of hormone replacement was played in the media as a health story, but it is much more than that. In fact, it may be the hot-flashiest corporate scandal to date: Let's call it Estron. If other corporate...
Who Owns Water? (Articles)
As the World Summit on Sustainable Development draws closer, clear lines of contention are forming, particularly around the future of the world's freshwater resources. The setting of the summit paints the picture. Government and corporate delegates...