The Nation

on Feb 11, 2015 - 11:34 AM ET
Alabama gay marriage celebration outside courthouse

Some white politicians in the state of Alabama evidently want to reopen the Civil War, only this time their “lost cause” is not defending slavery but prohibiting gay marriage. The chief justice of Alabama’s state Supreme Court, Roy “Ten Commandments” Moore, has ordered county judges to ignore the ruling of a US federal judge and refuse to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Fifty-two of the state’s sixty-seven counties obeyed...

on Feb 9, 2015 - 13:36 PM ET

Disregard the happy talk from the Obama White House. The stagnant global economy remains at the precipice of something worse unfolding—full-blown deflation. And the so-called recovery in the US economy remains shaky, despite good employment numbers. Here and abroad, the governing authorities seem to have forgotten the most basic nature of our situation. We live now in a globalized economy where one nation’s cold can lead to another country’s heart attack...

Barack Obama, Economic Policy, World
on Jan 27, 2015 - 14:37 PM ET

I have a legal question citizens of New York might wish to ponder. What is the difference between Sheldon Silver and Jamie Dimon? Representative Silver is speaker of the State Assembly in Albany, and federal prosecutors want to put him in prison for taking kickbacks for doing political favors. Dimon is CEO of JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank, which has richly rewarded him for political manipulations that saved the megabank billions in regulatory fines for...

on Jan 20, 2015 - 11:03 AM ET
Prescription drugs

Here is a man-bites-dog story that might give comfort to those many Americans being gouged by the drug industry’s larcenous prices. A Dallas hedge-fund operator named Kyle Bass who made a fortune attacking over-priced stocks now says he is going to attack Big Pharma for over-pricing drugs. Bass’s announcement set financial industry bloggers aflutter because hedge funds are not usually known for public-spirited motives. Citizen Bass is in it for the money, of...

Business, US Politics, Health
on Dec 12, 2014 - 15:13 PM ET
Elizabeth Warren and Nancy Pelosi

The sordid business of closing out the do-nothing 113 Congress—giving the Wall Street bankers one more bite of the apple and a friendly kiss for the CIA torturers—has stained President Obama indelibly. We will never forget what he did and failed to do. He deserves our contempt. The president marginalized himself with his unreliable weakness.

The recent events in Washington are nonetheless clarifying. They tell us that the worst is yet to come. When...

Barack Obama, US Politics, Congress
on Dec 8, 2014 - 14:46 PM ET
Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell, the soon-to-be anointed Senate majority leader, wants a “mulligan” on Obamacare, and he’s counting on the Supreme Court to give him one. For those who are not golfers, a “mulligan” is getting a second chance when a duffer hits a lousy tee shot. In this case, McConnell means Republicans want to tear up the Affordable Care Act and rewrite it in their own terms. But the Republican-controlled Congress will not have the power to...