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on May 22, 2015 - 11:26 AM ET
Katrina vanden Heuvel on Sophie&Co

With six Republicans and two Democrats officially in the race, America’s seemingly never-ending presidential campaign is in full swing. The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel joined RT’s Sophie&Co to discuss how a new wave of social movements might alter the upcoming election.

“We’re looking at a populist moment in this country,...

on May 22, 2015 - 11:16 AM ET
Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha

The NBA Finals may be determined by an act of police violence. This is an incendiary fact yet a curious media silence surrounds the saga of injured Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha. The nine-year pro has been absent from the playoffs after a group of New York Police Department officers broke his leg in April following a late-night confrontation outside of a Chelsea nightclub. The police accounts about what took place...

Sports, Media Analysis, Society
on May 22, 2015 - 11:07 AM ET
LA

Nearly half of Los Angeles just gave itself a raise. Following a wave of state and local minimum-wage bills and initiatives, Los Angeles became one of the largest cities to dramatically raise its hourly base pay and join Seattle to hit the magic $15-an-hour demand pushed by labor and community groups nationwide.

The City Council approved 14-1 this week an unprecedented minimum wage increase, phased...

Cities, Wages and Hours, Economy
on May 22, 2015 - 10:56 AM ET
Kerry and Putin

Almost two weeks ago, Secretary of State John Kerry went to Sochi. And last week on the The John Batchelor Show, The Nation’s Stephen Cohen explained why it mattered: In meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Cohen said, Kerry was signifying that the “White House...

on May 22, 2015 - 10:30 AM ET
Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes died on this day in 1967 after four decades of profoundly influencing black culture and, indeed, American life generally. His breakthrough essay was published in The Nation in June 1926. Solicited by future editor Freda Kirchwey as a response to a piece the magazine had run a week earlier by the prominent black journalist George Schuyler, who argued that there neither was...

150th Anniversary, The Almanac
on May 21, 2015 - 15:42 PM ET
(Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

The decision on whether to surrender the authority of the US Congress to amend and potentially improve trade agreements goes to the very heart of whether the United States respects democracy. If members of the House and Senate cannot check and balance executive branch choices that will define the economic future of the country, then the ability of the American people...