In the offices of the Nation, the weekly magazine of leftist opinion, staff members like to joke that "if it's bad for the country, it's good for the Nation." In a political age dominated by bloggers, conservatives and cable news, the Nation delivers a regular helping of unfashionably liberal journalism printed on gray butcher paper, lightened only by pencil drawings and the mordant poetry of Calvin Trillin. The formula is working: since the election of George W. Bush in 2000, its circulation has soared 96%, to 184,000; in 2004 the magazine enjoyed its best year ever, reversing years of losses to turn...
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