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TV and radio appearances by Nation writers and editors, big Nation announcements.

Dave Zirin: The Resolution of the NFL Lockout Is a Labor Victory

After an eighteen-week labor standoff, the National Football League players’ union has unanimously voted to approve an agreement that promotes player health and safety. This is a significant labor victory, as many football players face serious health repercussions from professional play—six out of ten players will suffer a concussion during their careers and football players die an average of twenty years earlier than the rest of the population. 

Nation sports correspondent Dave Zirin joins Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! to discuss the standoff, the resolution and his documentary on the unspoken stories of sports, Not Just A Game.

Anna Lekas Miller

Why Were Minority Households Hit Harder by the Recession?

A new report from the Pew Research Center shows that between 2005 and 2009, the wealth gap between white and minority households nearly doubled, with African-American and Hispanic households losing more than half of their pre-recession household wealth.

On her Sound Off segment on MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry discusses the impact of the recession on minority households and the potential consequences of widening economic inequality between the races.

Kevin Donohoe

The GOP's Politics of Bad Faith

After years of unnecessary spending and tax cuts, Republican politicians are finally complaining about unfathomable amounts of debt. Ironically, progressives are quoting traditional enemies such as Ronald Reagan to support their reasoning on the debt ceiling while current Republican politicians demean these efforts at compromise.

The Nation's Ari Melber joined former Bush aide David Frum on MSNBC's The Last Word to discuss this politics of bad faith. 

Anna Lekas Miller

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Job Creation Is the Best Deficit Reduction Plan

According to Washington, the crisis of the hour is the debt ceiling. According to ordinary Americans, the crisis is unemployment. While Washington is ensnared in a political conundrum of a House unwilling to compromise and a president all too willing to sell out, Americans are fighting a familiar fight for a basic income. 

Katrina vanden Heuval joined Morning Joe today to make the obvious, yet somehow radical, proposition: "Job creation is the best deficit reduction plan."

Anna Lekas Miller

Is Washington Too Dysfunctional to Raise the Debt Ceiling?

With the United States just a week away from defaulting on its debt, former Senator Bill Bradley says that the looming debt crisis is just the latest symptom of our broken, hyper-partisan political system. The former Democratic presidential candidate says Congress needs to quickly reach a deal on the debt ceiling and then move on to the real problem facing the country: unemployment and underemployment.

On MSNBC, The Nation's Ari Melber joins Bradley to discuss what President Obama needs to do to break through the stalemate in Washington and what we can learn from past efforts to reduce the national debt. You can find Melber's latest blog post on the default crisis here

Kevin Donohoe

Exposing ALEC: Why Are Corporations Writing State Laws?

ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) is a toxic alliance of corporations and state legislatures that work together to ensure that corporate interests stay at the top of legislative agendas across the country. This alliance is anti-union, anti-tax, and is pushing their corporate interests with complete disregard for any regulatory measure that could lessen their profits.

Recently, a leak of ALEC documents obtained by The Nation and the Center for Media and Democracy revealed how ALEC's “model legislation” has spread to state legislatures throughout America. The Nation’s John Nichols has closely followed the leak, and joins Keith Olbermann on Countdown to discuss its implications.

Anna Lekas Miller

'Deadly Cocktail' of War, Hunger and Climate Change in the Horn of Africa

The United Nations has called an emergency meeting to discuss the devastating famine in the horn of Africa. Despite massive droughts, resources and humanitarian aid is scarce as rebel groups in Somalia forbid outside aid organizations from entering. As the food shortage increases without attention in the form of aid or funding, violence will inevitably escalate as victims literally fight for their lives. 

Nation contributing editor and author of Tropic of Chaos Christian Parenti joined Democracy Now! alongside the UN's Kiki Gbeho this morning to discuss the dire state of the crisis in the horn of Africa. 

For more on the politics of extreme weather, read Parenti's report, Pakistan One Year After the Floods.

Anna Lekas Miller

Why Aren't Governments Dealing With Conflicts Caused by Climate Change?

At the Security Council this week, Western nations clashed with Russia and some developing nations over the adoption of a statement asserting the threat of climate change to international peace and security. The Nation's Christian Parenti, author of Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence, joined the BBC to explain why such a basic assertion has become such a sticking point for international negotiators. 

For more on the politics of extreme weather, read Parenti's report “Pakistan One Year After the Floods.”

Kevin Donohoe

Behind the CIA's Secret Somalia Operations

In a secret, underground prison in Mogadishu, Somalia, prisoners have no access to due process, international organizations or the outside world. The Red Cross had no idea that it existed until recently. And the most shocking part: the CIA makes use of the prison to interrogate detainees. Despite this egregious violation of human rights, most mass media are ignoring the recently exposed story, and those who are acknowledging it are spinning it in a way that that perpetuates the propaganda, rather than the truth. 

Jeremy Scahill joins Keith Olbermann on Countdown to discuss the on-the-ground realities of the Somali secret prison as well as the media's reaction. For more, read Scahill's article, The CIA's Secret Sites in Somalia.

Anna Lekas Miller

'Fresh Air' Explores The Nation's 'ALEC Exposed' Investigation

It is no cruel coincidence that Republican state legislatures have in the past few decades introduced the same conservative legislation at the same time. In fact, ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), a "non-profit" organization that brings corporations and state law makers together to draft model legislation, was a driving force radical bills covering everything from school reform to the environment to voting regulations. Recently, The Nation and the Center for Media and Democracy came into possession of some of ALEC's legislative proposals, and the group's behind-the-scenes work is now public for the first time as a result of the ALEC Exposed series. 

The Nation's John Nichols joined NPR's Fresh Air this morning to explain how ALEC has driven conservative policy for years.

Anna Lekas Miller

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