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Senate Rejects Attack on Planned Parenthood, But the Political Assault Continues

Instead of a serious debate about the facts, for GOP candidates who sit in the Senate this is “all about politics.”

John Nichols

Climate Change

‘Blockadia’ Activists Up the Ante Against Shell Oil

For more than 36 hours, activists on land, sea, and in the air held up the ship headed to Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling effort.

Arun Gupta
Election 2016

Jeb Bush Admires a Really Lousy President — And It’s Not His Brother

James K. Polk was condemned by John Quincy Adams, Henry David Thoreau, and Abraham Lincoln on issues of human bondage and lawless militarism.

John Nichols
Labor Organizing

How Childcare Actually Causes Poverty in America

If the people who prepare your lunch deserve a living wage, the people preparing our toddlers for school do too.

Michelle Chen

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Feature

The Wettest Rainforest in the United States Has Gone Up in Flames

When fire can eat a rainforest in a relatively cool climate, you know the Earth is beginning to burn.
Subhankar Banerjee

The wettest rainforest in the continental United States had gone up in flames and the smoke was so thick, so blanketing, that you could see it miles away. Deep in Washington’s Olympic National Park, the aptly named Paradise Fire, undaunted by the dampness of it all, was eating the forest… Continue Reading >

Focus on the Environment

The Water in Rio Is Full of Sludge and Rotting Fish—And Olympians Are Supposed to Swim in It

Athletes who participate in water sports will carry an infection risk of 99 percent.

Dave Zirin

‘Blockadia’ Activists Up the Ante Against Shell Oil

For more than 36 hours, activists on land, sea, and in the air held up the ship headed to Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling effort.

Arun Gupta

The Apache vs. Rio Tinto

The San Carlos tribe is fighting to block a massive mining project that would cut a two-mile wide crater through sacred land.

Nick Kimbrell
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Black Lives Matter

Black Love Matters

A dispatch from the inaugural gathering of a proudly diffuse, rapidly growing, hyper-local movement for black lives.

Mark Winston Griffith

Why the Black Lives Matter Protest at Netroots Nation Was Long Overdue

It's time Democratic candidates offer voters a meaningful plan for tackling systemic racism.

Dani McClain

A Q&A With Opal Tometi, Co-Founder of #BlackLivesMatter

A conversation about building an inclusive movement, the importance of identity, and how to shift the narrative of justice away from jailing killer cops.

Mychal Denzel Smith

Books & the Arts

The Virtues of Difficult Fiction

If novels aren’t worthy challenges, we have no reason to linger in their pages.

Joanna Scott

Elements of Style

The legendary Balanchine dancer Violette Verdy embodies the alchemy that turns music into meaning.

Marina Harss

Chucky Taylor, Liberia’s Other Monster

The fate of Liberia was ensnared by uniquely American pathologies.

Aaron Leaf

The Nation’s 150th Anniversary

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Tell Congress: Do Not Sabotage Diplomacy With Iran

Members of Congress are threatening to sabotage the historic deal with Iran—a move that risks bringing us closer to war.

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