The Nation

on Feb 26, 2015 - 15:09 PM ET
(Photo by Stacie Isabella Turk/Ribbonhead, CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Federal Communications Commission has finally taken the necessary steps to preserve a free and open Internet by guaranteeing net neutrality.

With the commission’s 3-2 vote on Thursday, the issue is settled.

For now.

Then it will rise again. No, there will not be a mass outcry against net neutrality, the premise that...

on Feb 25, 2015 - 12:16 PM ET
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Rahm Emanuel had everything going for him in his race for a second term as mayor of Chicago.

He was the incumbent in a city that tends to keep its mayors—sometimes for decades.

He had the...

on Feb 20, 2015 - 16:18 PM ET
 Scott Walker (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

A funny thing happened on the way to the 2016 presidential race.

Scott Walker suddenly remembered how enthusiastic he is about “right to work” laws.

When Walker was running for re-election as governor of Wisconsin in 2014, he was frequently asked if he would sign so-called “right to work” legislation, which is designed to weaken unions and undermine the voices of workers on the job and in public life. Despite his reputation as an anti...

on Feb 19, 2015 - 11:12 AM ET
Rahm Emanuel (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

In Chicago, the democracy equation is “50-plus-1.”

If Rahm Emanuel wins the majority of the vote in a five-way mayoral contest on February 24, the Democrat who always seems to be at odds with his party’s base will secure a second term as mayor of the nation’s third-most-populous city. That, in turn, would position the corporate-friendly Emanuel—“...

Education Policy, Cities, Unions
on Feb 17, 2015 - 12:31 PM ET
Barbara Lee (Reuters/Enrique De La Osa)

Barbara Lee wants Congress is get serious about issues of war and peace.

The California congresswoman who cast the sole vote against authorizing George W. Bush to wage an ill-defined “war on terror” has been the House’s most consistent advocate for greater congressional engagement in debates about US foreign policy—and for seeking smart and comprehensive alternatives to endless war. In...

on Feb 16, 2015 - 10:46 AM ET
Bruce Rauner (Reuters/Jim Young)

chicagoIllinois Governor Bruce Rauner has declared war on workers and their unions—and, by extension, on fair wages and the prospects for economic advancement in his state. The newly elected executive is proposing “right-to-work” (for less) experiments that would undermine private-sector unions while...