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Articles from Vol. 275, No. 18, November 25

Bush Lies, Media Swallows
The more things change ... Roughly ten years ago, I celebrated the criminal indictment of Elliott Abrams for lying to Congress by writing an Op-Ed in the New York Times on the increasing acceptance of official deception. (I was just starting my...
Failed Midterms. (Comment)
George W. Bush may have lost the 2000 election, but he won the 2002 election--with a good deal of help from Democrats, who took a dream scenario and turned it into a political nightmare. Only in battles for statehouses did Democrats post gains,...
Free the Judges. (Going Down the Road)
How quickly the joy fades. Only weeks ago, reformers were shouting hosannas because Washington had finally passed the McCain-Feingold bill, banning that nasty stuff called "soft money"--the unlimited sums of virulently corrupting campaign donations...
Gray Day in California. (Comment)
Los Angeles The Republican wave that swept the country seemed to crash and recede right at the California border, but only barely. You'd think incumbent Governor Gray Davis's victory over millionaire businessman Bill Simon Jr. and the first Democratic...
Heaven Can Wait
Far From Heaven It's rude of me to speak of Todd Haynes's new picture as if it were a symptom; but then, he's the one who's always consulting doctors. From the time of his career-making short Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, which re-enacted...
Just Say `I Do'. (Articles)
As Congress squabbles over how and whether to revamp the welfare law, one thing is clear: The Bush Administration has marriage on the mind. The Administration has already promised to make marriage-related grants through the Office of Refugee Resettlement,...
Less-Than-Zero Dems. (Comment)
It's hard to beat something with nothing. That seems to be especially true when that something includes a quasi-wartime President (post-Afghanistan/pre-Iraq) whose approval rating is in the mid-60s. George W. Bush and Karl Rove took a gamble. At...
Letter from Poland
You know things have changed when you go to the historic Gdansk shipyard, where Solidarity was born, and find unemployed shipworkers hired out as ushers for a theater company renting part of the famed site. The company's doing a run of Brecht's...
Letters
MUSLIMS (& OTHERS) MARCH London * Maria Margaronis's account of the 400,000-strong September 28 antiwar march in London misrepresents the character of this historic event ["Blair, the Go-Between," Oct. 21]. The marchers, many of them first-time...
Letter to an Ex-Contrarian
Dear Christopher, I was very sad when you left the magazine, but I was puzzled too. What kind of contrarian leaves a column--called "Minority Report," no less--because too many of the readers disagree with him? Quite apart from the fact that...
Rampaging Republicans. (Editorials)
The President, let's understand, won a historic victory by committing politics--shrewd, aggressive, old-fashioned, take-no-prisoners politics--while the opposition party did the opposite. That is why Republicans reclaimed control of the Senate and...
The Education of Jessica Rivera: Trading in Their Books for Buckets, Welfare Recipients Learn `Responsibility'. (Articles)
Jessica Rivera (not her real name) is a slight, composed 20-year-old Hunter College student. She grew up in the Bronx, raised by her mother and extended family. No one in her family has completed college, so Rivera was thrilled to get accepted to...
The Feminine Mystique
JUDY CHICAGO At one time I became interested in a certain sort of sentence that occurs very naturally in historical texts. Historians will say, for example, that the Thirty Years' War began in 1618, or that Petrarch opened the Renaissance. I...
`There's Lula'. (Comment)
Sao Paulo Neoliberalism lost the elections in Brazil by a landslide on October 27, when 52.8 million people rested their hopes on Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva to revitalize the national economy and give currency speculators the boot. Lula's smiling...
Update on Arming America
Michael Bellesiles, the historian accused of research falsification in his book Arming America, a study of gun culture, announced on October 25 that he was resigning from Emory University, citing a "hostile environment" [see Jon Wiener, "Fire at...
Wanted: A Few Good Girls: Right-Wing Foundation Seeks Eligible Young Women for Meaningful, Long-Term Relationship. (Articles)
It's hard to tell whether Christina Hoff Sommers, stumping for the Young America's Foundation and its kid sister, the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, is the darling of the far right or whether she is doing penance for some great sin committed...