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The Cover (Seahorse) The Worst Thing Bill Clinton Has Done

The author, a former high Clinton Administration official with responsibility for social policy, resigned his office last year rather than be a party to the President's signing of a "welfare-reform" bill. Here he speaks out for the first time.

by Peter Edelman

(Seahorse) Web-Only: Where Do We Go From Here? We've gathered Peter Edelman and other experts for an Atlantic Unbound roundtable on the future of welfare.

(Seahorse) What Jefferson Helps to Explain

A more dispassionate assessment of Thomas Jefferson offers insights that the gathering indictment can't -- into slavery, into democracy, and into the sources of the "American Creed."

by Benjamin Schwarz

(Seahorse) Whose Right to Die?

Many arguments made in behalf of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia are based on misreadings of history, misinterpretations of data, and sheer misinformation.

by Ezekiel Emanuel

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Notes & Comment: And Now for the News
In Edward Gibbon's magisterial history of Rome's decline the past seems perpetually about the present.
by Robert D. Kaplan

(Seahorse) Language: A War That Never Ends
Recent salvos on questions of grammar and usage.
by Mark Halpern

Personal File: Vigilance
What it's like to be the child of someone whose advice about life always comes down to "Watch out!"
by Meg Cimino

Fiction & Poetry

(Seahorse) Villanelle After a Burial
A poem
by Steven Cramer

(Seahorse) Flight up the Coast
A poem
by Brad Leithauser

(Seahorse) Welding With Children
A short story
by Tim Gautreaux

Short Circuit
A drawing
by Guy Billout

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Arts & Leisure

Travel: British Islets
Jersey, Alderney, Sark, the Scillys -- these islands aren't on the way to anything, which is part of the point.
by Hatsy Shields

(Seahorse) Music: An Audubon in Sound
Olivier Messiaen's brilliant fantasias woven from the songs of birds.
by Matthew Gurewitsch


The Revolution Upon Us
One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism, by William Greider
by Lester C. Thurow

The Laureate as Onlooker
Sun Under Wood, by Robert Hass
by Peter Davison

(Seahorse) China's Strategic Culture
Cultural Realism: Strategic Culture and Grand Strategy in Chinese History, by Alastair Iain Johnston
by Warren I. Cohen

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by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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