Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
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Meet the right's George Soros; Hillary's hit list resurfaces; is it dating or is it sex work?; why Fred Thompson fears campaign-finance reform; election choices for prohibitionists, fascists, and vampires; standardized testing—for the Teletubbies set; spooks infiltrate Tinseltown; Giuliani's cigar room and other candidate real-estate secrets
We're All #1
Standing ovations, grade inflation, blurb whores, and other scenes from a compliment-happy nation
Works Well With Others
Take this home office and shove it.
Adam Weinstein on how penny-pinching newspapers milk citizen journalism; Persepolis' Marjane Satrapi draws us into Iran; soap operas with birth control; plus more book(Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets & Snitch: Informers, Cooperators and the Corruption of Justice, Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill)), film(Taxi to the Dark Side, Sharkwater), and music(Jukebox, Time for Heroes: The Best of the Libertines, 45:33, Mutantes Live: Barbican Theater, London, 2006) reviews
Why is an antiwar, antigovernment, pro-gold standard Republican the biggest thing in online politics since MoveOn?
See how they run: We look at how the candidates raise and spend cash, pander to Iowans, reveal their conjugal secrets, and offset their environmental impacts. And, oh yeah—what they stand for.
PLUS: Meet the masters of the smear.
Let There Be Light Crude
A crew of hustlers and con men, with help from prominent televangelists, is cashing in on visions of oil—and Armageddon—in Israel.
Failure to Launch
One Republican's crusade against the Bush administration’s reckless nuclear weapons program
Cover illustration by Tim O'Brien
Photography by James Whitlow Delano