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Next Steps Against Wal-Mart After Supreme Court Defeat

Monday's Supreme Court decision to de-certify the gender discrimination class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart was a loss for workers and women everywhere—and a major victory for large corporations afraid of being sued. 

On Democracy Now!, Nation Contributing Editor Liza Featherstone explains how Wal-Mart systematically discriminates against women, resists unionization and underpays its workers. While Wal-Mart won the day in court yesterday, Featherstone says the company is facing increasing pressure to change from organized labor, community activists and a weak economy. 

For more, read Featherstone's article, "Dukes v. Wal-Mart and the Limits of Legal Change."

Kevin Donohoe

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Time to Abandon Our 'War-Footing' Mentality

We are spending two billion dollars per week on the war in Afghanistan alone, and the politicians are finally catching up with the American people in questioning our involvement in the country. Are Republicans starting to take a more "isolationist" stance overall, or is war-weariness instead starting to influence both parties' policies? War hawks have fallen noticeably silent; now is the time for Obama to announce a viable exit strategy. 

Katrina vanden Heuvel joined Morning Joe today to argue that our country needs to abandon the "war-footing" mentality we've been in since George W. Bush's presidency and disengage from the endless unlawful, unwinnable wars that have characterized our nation's recent history.

Anna Lekas Miller

What the WikiLeaks Diplomatic Cables Reveal About Haiti

US administrations may change, but US interests don't. A recent leak of 1,918 WikiLeaks cables related to Haiti reveals the known—but rarely acknowledged—corrupt US dealings with Haiti. Despite a distracting veneer of red cross assistance and earthquake relief volunteers, it seems that a new cold war is developing, this time between the north and south of the western hemisphere.

The Nation's Dan Coughlin and Haïti Liberté's Kim Ives join The Leonard Lopate Show to explain the cables and the picture of manipulation and interference they paint of US involvement in Haiti. Read the latest in the series of articles on Haiti, "The Post-Quake 'Gold Rush' for Reconstruction Contracts."

Anna Lekas Miller

Is Weinergate a Distraction?

After more than three weeks of media scrutiny and daily revelations of new "indecent and lewd" conduct, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) resigned this morning as a member of Congress. Senior Democrats had been calling for Weiner's departure for days, insisting that the media frenzy around Weinergate had become a national distraction that had crowded out coverage of the Republicans' radical congressional agenda. 

On her Sound Off segment on MSNBC, Nation columnist Melissa Harris-Perry argues that Weinergate is not a distraction, but a reminder that we need to elect politicians not just based on their policy positions, but also because we trust their judgment, honesty and integrity as well.

—Kevin Donohoe

Katrina vanden Heuvel: How Far Right Is Michele Bachmann?

During Monday's Republican Presidential Debate, Representative Michelle Bachmann announced her candidacy for President and was quickly declared the night's winner—and a frontrunner for the GOP nomination—by conservative pundits and conservative members of Congress. 

Yet The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel argued on The Ed Show last night that the media has focused too much on Bachmann's self-styled image and not enough on the far-right policy positions and neo-McCarthy politics she has embraced as a member of Congress. Bachmann's rise makes it increasingly likely that Republicans will continue to move to the right and pursue their pro-corporate, anti-middle class agenda into the 2012 election. 

Kevin Donohoe

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Governor Walker's Anti-Union Bill

It’s official—the Wisconsin Supreme Court has re-instated Scott Walker’s union-busting “Budget Repair Bill” as the law of the land. Despite months of coordinated protests by unions, lawmakers and Wisconsinites, it is now illegal for public workers to collectively bargain in the state.

Last night on The Ed Show, Ed Schultz spoke with John Nichols about what this moment means for labor rights in Wisconsin, and how the new law's severity can be turned into fuel for the recall campaigns currently underway for many of the Republican lawmakers who helped force the bill through. 

Anna Lekas Miller

On Weinergate: The Post-Modern Sex Scandal

As prominent Democrats (including House Leader Nancy Pelosi) press for Representative Anthony Weiner's resignation, questions remain over what Weiner's  possible departure will mean for progressive politics in Washington. Why is it that in an increasingly sex-obsessed media environment, some politicians are able to survive political scandals while others quickly leave office?

In a new Bloggingheads segment, Dana Goldstein and Amanda Marcotte continue their debate that started last week on TheNation.com about Weinergate and discuss the disgraced Congressman's future and, more than a decade after Bill Clinton's impeachment, the role of the sex scandal in American politics. 

—Kevin Donohoe

Sex Scandal Rehab: A Political Move?

Can Anthony Weiner’s decision to “seek treatment” salvage his political identity? Or will he forever be “damaged goods?” Perhaps it is just the American Way to “kick ‘em while they’re down”—no matter what they did, or who they are.

The Nation's Melissa Harris-Perry joins MSNBC for her Sound Off segment to comment on the psychology behind our obsession with sex scandals and Weiner's hopes for rehabilitation.

Anna Lekas Miller

Will the GOP Debate Be Civilized or a Slugfest?

Lately the GOP hopefuls have been treated more like the cast of a reality TV show than as their party's potential presidential nominees. Will tonight’s Republican primary debate in New Hampshire reveal a familiar “slugfest,” or a viable political prognosis? Watch The Nation’s George Zornick and the Washington Times’s Charles Hurt on C-SPAN's Washington Journal break down GOP strategy, the beginnings of the electoral horse race, and the eternal question: will Sarah Palin run for president?

Anna Lekas Miller

Wall Street Finally Lost a Battle, but Only Because it Was Up Against Another Giant

Wall Street finally lost a battle, but only because it was up against another giant: the retail industry. The Nation’s George Zornick joined RTAmerica to discuss an amendment to a bill that requires the Feds to limit “swipe fees”—sums that banks charge retailers when a customer uses a debit or credit card at their store. How will consumers fair in all of this?

To read Zornick’s report from just before the amendment passed, click here.

—Sara Jerving

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