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Today is the tenth anniversary of the War on Terror – of Congress authorizing the use of military force against terrorists. The result has been disastrous – but now several members of the House have introduced legislation that would repeal the 2001 Authorization. JOHN NICHOLS will comment: he’s Washington Correspondent for The Nation and he blogs at TheNation.com.
Plus: Whatever happened to poor people? KATHA POLLITT says all the liberal talk about “rebuilding the middle class” fails to mention the massive spread of real poverty in America today. Katha wrote about poverty for her column in The Nation this week.
Also: How movie stars shaped American politics: STEVEN J. ROSS will explain. Steve teaches history at USC, he’s head of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and the author of the book Working Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America. His new book is Hollywood Left and Right — it focuses on ten people including Charlie Chaplin, Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda and Arnold Schwarzenegger.