The Nation

on Nov 29, 2013 - 23:30 PM ET
A gift

It’s “Giving Tuesday” on December 3. Following Black Friday, on Giving Tuesday, people all across the United States will be kicking off the holiday season not with shopping, they say, but with giving.

In just its second year, Giving Tuesday is attracting thousands of participants large and small. Whenever haves help have-nots that’s worthy of praise....

Activism, Corporations, Poverty
on Nov 15, 2013 - 09:55 AM ET
Radiation fish

Far be it from me to distract from the important blaming and shaming around the Obamacare website. But if we do have a minute left for our actual health, can we talk about the radiation threat that seems to be soaring on the Pacific?

I don’t want to frighten anyone unduly, so I’ll quote the calm people at Reuters:

The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant will as early as this week begin removing 400 tons of...

on Nov 8, 2013 - 09:16 AM ET
Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio is now Mayor-elect de Blasio.

Take that, all of you who doubted that a candidate who planted his campaign on a promise of tackling inequality could attract enough support to win.

On November 5, New Yorker’s elected just such a guy by a landslide: 73 to 24 percent.

On Election night, de Blasio took the stage, not in some swanky corporate ballroom in a midtown Manhattan hotel but in the Park Slope Armory—a big, brick, Brooklyn...

on Nov 5, 2013 - 12:32 PM ET
Dr. Shelley Sella, one of four doctors featured in the documentary 'After Tiller

A compelling film about abortion has been opening in theaters across the states. From Salt Lake City to Houston, to Columbus, Detroit and Eugene, After Tiller, by directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, has been stirring debate, and on October 30, it opened in Washington, DC, where it is playing all week. It’s hard to imagine a better time for this this film to be seen, or a better film to see at this moment.

on Nov 1, 2013 - 13:13 PM ET
Cuts to food stamps hit 47 million Americans on November 1. (AP Photo/Rich Pedro

I saw a man dressed as Robin Hood on Halloween and I almost begged him to stay around.

We need Robin Hood and his merry band of wealth redistribution specialists not just on Halloween but every day, and this year in particular we need him on November 1.

That’s when $332 million in cuts to the food stamp or SNAP program go into effect. Three point one million low-wage workers, seniors, veterans and children are losing urgently needed aid. And that...

Inequality, Poverty, Economy, Society
on Oct 25, 2013 - 11:58 AM ET
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

It was early and I hadn’t downed my coffee yet, but for a moment I thought I was reading something important in one of those tightly printed full-page ads that appear from time to time in the The New York Times.

Headlined “Enact the Inform Act,” the ad called on Congress and the president to pass a, quote, “bipartisan bill to reveal the full size and inter-generational consequences of our country’s fiscal imbalance.”...