The Nation

on Dec 10, 2014 - 13:37 PM ET
Wall Street sign

Democratic pushback to a Wall Street giveaway hidden in a massive budget deal approached a breaking point Wednesday morning, with minority leader Nancy Pelosi casting doubt on her caucus’s willingness to support the omnibus bill unless Republicans agreed to remove the provision.

If the budget deal passed as-is, it would be a huge victory for big banks and would undermine recent attempts to protect taxpayers from the kind of risky financial bets that crashed...

on Dec 10, 2014 - 11:29 AM ET
Campus-sexual-assault protest

Lawmakers took up one of the most vexing questions about campus sexual assaults on Tuesday: who is best suited to handle complaints and investigations—college administrators, or law enforcement?

The juxtaposition of two separate processes for handling allegations of sexual assault has grown into a “complicated thicket” that discourages survivors from reporting, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said in testimony before a subcommittee on crime and...

Crime, Higher Education
on Dec 5, 2014 - 07:00 AM ET
Military Sexual Assault Hearing

After an Army drill sergeant was accused of raping or assaulting a dozen female soldiers while deployed in Afghanistan and in a bathroom at Missouri’s Fort Leonard Wood, it seemed like the military justice system worked the way it was supposed to. The accused, Angel Sanchez, was tried at a court-martial. In September, he was...

Gender Issues, Senate, US Military
on Dec 3, 2014 - 17:34 PM ET
DC protest

Shortly before 2 in the afternoon on Sunday, more than a dozen people walked onto an interstate near the Capitol in Washington and formed a human chain. Eight lanes of traffic came to halt. During rush hour the next morning, protesters closed down the Fourteenth Street bridge. And then the Twelfth Street tunnel. “Shut it down for Mike Brown,” they chanted.

In the week since a grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed...

on Nov 24, 2014 - 17:12 PM ET
Wall Street Sign

If Burger King has its way, the company will soon leave its Miami headquarters for Canada and enter the coffee-and-donut business. When the fast-food giant announced its intention to buy the Canadian company Tim Hortons in August, it stressed the coffee-and-donuts part of the deal—or, rather, the opportunities for “growth” and...

Economic Policy, Senate, The Left
on Nov 20, 2014 - 13:31 PM ET
Immigration Reform Rally

Greisa Martinez is too nervous to call her mother. She’s waiting until she knows whether the executive action President Obama will announce Thursday in a primetime address will give her mother a reprieve from the fear that at any time she could be arrested, separated from her family and deported.

“I couldn’t get myself to call just yet, until it’s a reality,” Martinez explained. “It would be hard for me to have words to say to...