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Issue: After Bush: What the Democrats could--and should--do in 2009

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The next president can change our trade and labor policies to rebuild the American middle class. Read more

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It's not 1994 all over again. The next president can get the reforms that Harry Truman and Bill Clinton couldn't. Read more

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David Rieff's memoir of the terminal illness of his mother, Susan Sontag, shows the consolations of philosophy deserting her and the denial of truth sustaining her as death approached. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

Great presidents build support for transformative change. What can the next president do to revive a sense of common purpose? Read more

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Brown University announced that it will give a $10 million endowment to local public schools to atone for its involvement in the slave trade. But reparations alone will not address the ongoing segregation of the American education system. Read more

Columns

It's strange that the incarceration rate is not as big an issue in the U.S. now as it was in Dostoevsky's Russia, not to mention Dickens' England. When will the United States wake up to the problem of our growing prison population? Read more

Columns

Half a million Mexicans will cross the border annually for the next 15 years. Here's a plan to enable them to stay home. Read more

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Our next president must restore the United States as a nation of laws and of rights, rooted deeply in values. This effort must appeal to all Americans and transcend race -- but cannot ignore race. Read more

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Vegas as the new Athens; Mike Huckabee on bass; Larry Craig in Bali; T.A. Frank on what's out and what's in for 2008; and The Question. Read more

Departments

If the Democrats win the election, can the next president and Congress make significant progress toward realizing liberal aspirations? Here's how -- a road map for the start of a new America. Read more

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How the next president can restore the rule of law to U.S. foreign policy -- and rebuild American credibility and power. Read more

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How Michael Barone made The Almanac of American Politics irrelevant. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

The strength of postwar liberalism was not its tough stance against Communism but its deep, nuanced vision of American leadership. Thankfully, that vision is also held by today's Democratic leaders. Read more

Columns

Our No. 1 education program is incoherent, unworkable, and doomed. But the next president still can have a huge impact on improving American schooling. Read more

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After three decades of government starvation of necessary resources, the next president needs to champion progressive taxation with the proceeds invested in social outlays that make for a more productive economy. Read more

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Despite decades of delay, the next administration could still move us toward a solution before devastating climate change becomes irreversible. Read more

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Covering the unfolding presidential race while also looking ahead to the challenges that will face the Democrats if they win the White House. Read more

Columns

With the hard right dominating their party, two groups have formed to recenter the Republicans. But even in their old habitats -- Wall Street and the media -- they're struggling to be noticed. Read more

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