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Washington journalism is like high school It has the same cool kids, mean girls, social rankings and the big prom—the White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner But unlike what happens in high school, the insular behavior of the Washington media affects the whole nation.

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Take off your hat. Taps is playing. Almost four decades late, the Vietnam War and its postwar spawn, the Vietnam Syndrome, are finally heading for their American grave.

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As the freshly shellacked president cuts deals with a triumphant Republican Party, the annual Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship was awarded to two uncompromising activists.

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Steve Cobble argues in The Nation that Dennis Kucinich, unlike John Edwards, never got proper credit for moving the other candidates leftward. Instead, "the snark and abuse offered Kucinich" when he dropped out was undeserved for a congressman from a tough district who has taken admirable and consistent positions on the issues.

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Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer goes head to head with progressive icon Ralph Nader, who denies the charge that he has been a spoiler and challenges the value of the Democratic Party.

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Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges talks about his landmark article in The Nation magazine, "The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness," the result of seven months of interviews with troops about their experiences in Iraq.

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The writer speaks with Truthdig about his new book, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army," privatization in America and abroad, and our dysfunctional democracy.

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