By Osha Gray Davidson
While the nation was distracted with war and terrorism, the Bush administration has been busy dismantling bedrock environmental laws and handling out favors to the biggest polluters.
Down Upon the Suwannee
By Ted Williams
In what has become its modus operandi, Bush’s EPA quietly changed the rules affecting wetlands. For Florida’s most famous river — and thousands of miles of other waterways — the effects could be devastating.
No Clear Skies
By Donovan Webster and Michael Scherer
In the refintery town of Port Arthur, Texas, residents stock up on asthma inhalers and eyewash. Now that the Clean Air Act is being gutted, they have few other options.
The Death of Rachel Corrie
By Joshua Hammer
Lionized by some, villified by others, forgotten by most: Retracing the steps of the American college student crushed by an Israeli bulldozer.
Who’s Got the Blues?
By David Hajdu
Now that every baby boomer can sing “Sweet Home Chicago,” has the blues been co-opted and whitewashed? Or does it still have relevance beyond closing time?
E X T R A :
Hearing the Blues
End of the Road
By Rebecca Paley
He’s performed 21,000 late-term abortions. He’s treated housewives, socialites, rape victims, and prostitutes. It’s brutal gruesome work, the doctor says, but somebody’s got to do it.
Junior’s little helpers; a blackout at the White House; Iraqi tomb raiders; maquiladoras on the move; plus, Tehran’s No. 1 (in our Top 10 Activist Campuses)
Librarian superheroes; missile defense for kids; plus a looming question in Afghanistan
Signs of Decay
By George Packer
Is it worse for the Democrats to lose offering new ideas or to go down defending the policies of the past?
The Unsettling Legacy of General Shrapnel
By Ian Frazier
The name that maims: No one remembers Henry Shrapnel, but his legacy is everywhere.
Life in Limbostan
By Bill Donahue
Stranded in a Spanish outpost in Africa, illegal immigrants from around the globe await the blessing of expulsion.
Crude caring in Azerbaijan
David Plotz on American psuedoscience and the crimes of the Third Reich; Russell Simmons on poetry, politics, and prison time; Molly Ivins’ Shrub sequel; plus more music and film reviews
Ministry of Obfuscatory Nomenclature
Cartoon by Marc Rosenthal