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on Mar 28, 2015 - 07:00 AM ET
Three Mile Island

Thirty-six years ago today the nuclear plant at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania suffered one of the worst nuclear meltdowns in history. McKinley Olson, who had written a 1974 special issue of The Nation about nuclear plants in Pennsylvania, “The Hot River Valley,” returned with an article titled “The Unacceptable Risk” (April 14, 1979).

It...

150th Anniversary, The Almanac
on Mar 27, 2015 - 15:12 PM ET
Peggy Young and her daughter

When Latavia Johnson discovered she was expecting, she didn’t know she was in for an unpleasant surprise at work. Newly hired at a Granite City, Illinois, Walmart, she tried to follow medical advice and ask her managers for a job that didn’t involve heavy lifting—it seemed a simple enough request, since her job was decorating cakes.

But instead of getting light duty, she recalls, she got less work. The management decided that rather than...

on Mar 27, 2015 - 14:30 PM ET
Harry Reid (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Fifty years ago, when Democrats were beginning finally to break the grip of Southern segregationists on their party, the way in which key congressional positions were filled was...

Senate, Politics
on Mar 27, 2015 - 13:00 PM ET
Senator Elizabeth Warren

Harry Reid announced Friday that he won’t seek re-election in 2016, bringing a fascinating three-decade political career into its final chapter. Reid has been a unique Senate leader who, contrary to the old Lincoln maxim, actually kept most Democrats happy most of the time. While Reid often (though not always) maintained the trust and support of conservative Democrats all the way back to Joe Lieberman, liberals remember his heroic stance against Social Security cuts...

on Mar 27, 2015 - 11:41 AM ET
Yemen Saudia Arabia

Under its new king, Salman, Saudi Arabia is fighting four major struggles to reshape the Middle East. The common denominator is a quest for neighbors that will not challenge the Saudi monarchy or make alternative claims on religious and temporal authority, especially on a populist basis. The Saudi government is more pragmatic than usually recognized, and it can abide left-of-center nationalist regimes as long as they do not denounce Riyadh. But political Islam scares the...

on Mar 27, 2015 - 10:44 AM ET
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

There was an awkward moment midway through Thursday’s Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform, out in the hall of a vast Washington hotel. Van Jones, the liberal activist and former Obama adviser, stood shoulder to shoulder with Mark Holden, the general council for Koch Industries; Matt Kibbe, CEO of aTea Party–aligned FreedomWorks; and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who is now part of the Right on Crime campaign. They were discussing the rare...

Crime, US Politics, Government