The Nation

on May 21, 2015 - 14:50 PM ET

A new front in #BlackLivesMatter organizing is advancing today as concerned people nationwide gather to draw attention to black women and girls harmed or killed by police violence. According to organizers with Black Youth Project 100, rallies and vigils in more than 20 cities—including Baltimore, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles—will demand that onlookers, the media, and the public at large...

on May 21, 2015 - 12:55 PM ET

In Gardena, California, south of Los Angeles, three police officers killed an unarmed man, shooting him eight times, and shooting a second, seriously wounding him. They said the men were suspected of stealing a bicycle, but in fact they were friends of the man whose bike had been stolen, the Los Angeles Times reported, and “were searching for the missing bicycle...

on May 21, 2015 - 10:30 AM ET
Freedom riders in Alabama

On this day in 1961, the first Freedom Riders were mobbed and assaulted in Montgomery by local whites protesting the integrationist campaign and a speech by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In response, the Kennedy administration instituted martial law and brought in the National Guard. Robert Martinson was among the first Freedom Riders, and wrote an essay, “Prison Notes of a Freedom Rider,...

150th Anniversary, The Almanac
on May 20, 2015 - 17:00 PM ET

Congress is up against a tight deadline to extend or reform Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the provision that the government claims authorizes the National Security Agency’s phone-data program, before it sunsets on June 1. Naturally, the legislature is in a state of disarray.

The House has already passed the USA Freedom Act, which would put modest limits on the intelligence agency for the first time in decades. Now the Senate is under pressure to act before...

US Politics, Law, Senate
on May 20, 2015 - 15:56 PM ET
Jim Kenney (AP/ Matt Slocum)

The billionaires who play politics with America make some of their biggest plays in some of our biggest cities. They identify candidates who share their penchant for “school choice” schemes, vouchers, and privatization—like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel—and they pour money into slick TV ads that sometimes tip the balance of urban elections.

Sometime, but not always. Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York in 2013 as a progressive, as were...

on May 20, 2015 - 13:34 PM ET
Migrants on an Italian vessel

Just days after European Union ministers floated a proposal to rescue African migrants on the Mediterranean, the plan is already sinking amid a political impasse on the question of “sharing the burden” of the crisis. Meanwhile, thousands are facing death and torture on the perilous trail to Fortress Europe.

The proposed measures include expanding joint search-and-rescue patrols, establishing resettlement quotas, and sending military forces to Libya to...