The Nation, like just about every lefty media outlet in the world, is running a "Real State of the Union"-type series in their latest issue. It’s about what you’d expect. Of particular interest to Gristmillians are Raul Grijalva on "Coming Clean and Green," Marcy Kaptur on "Saving Small Farmers," and Dennis Kucinich on "The Big Fix" (about reconstructing New Orleans).

And while you’re over there, you might as well check out Mark Hertsgaard’s "Green Power," about the German Green Party, "without question the most influential environmentally based party ever" (despite having been booted from the ruling coalition in the last election).