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on May 24, 2015 - 07:00 AM ET
Brooklyn Bridge

Construction began on the bridge in 1869, and faced repeated setbacks, as often political as they were technical. In 1879, after a State Assembly report was published alleging that the bridge would impede boat traffic on the East River, an editorial in The Nation lamented that the bridge “is still the foot-ball of the politicians and the courts.” What’s more, the...

150th Anniversary, The Almanac
on May 23, 2015 - 07:00 AM ET
New York Public Library, 42nd Street

If there were any additional proof needed that the New York Public Library is currently delinquent in its historic mission, reading The Nation’s review of the building when it opened on this day in 1911 should suffice. No longer does the 42nd Street Library feel particularly interested in serving the needs of “the research student,” as the magazine observed of it back...

150th Anniversary, The Almanac
on May 22, 2015 - 16:48 PM ET
Arlington

Memorial Day, first known as Decoration Day, originated in the North after the Civil War to commemorate fallen Union soldiers. By the 20h century the holiday had been extended to honor American casualties of all wars. I’ve always thought that the best way to honor the fallen is to prevent needless deaths in the future by engaging in combat only as a true last resort....

Arts and Entertainment
on May 22, 2015 - 16:18 PM ET
Coca-Cola commercial

Rush Limbaugh has been all over Mad Men this week, and as you might expect with a TV show about the 1960s revolution in pop culture, his ideological take was almost directly opposite to the discussion in all the recap blogs.

Naturally, Rush saw Mad Men’s depiction of the struggles of women to be fairly...

on May 22, 2015 - 15:07 PM ET

I have to admit, there have been moments when I have doubted Emma Sulkowicz’s story about being raped by her Columbia classmate Paul Nungesser. Not at first—she seemed perfectly credible to me when I spoke to her last year, for a Nation story about campus sexual assault. But then, in December, Ariel Kaminer’s New York Times...

on May 22, 2015 - 11:26 AM ET
Katrina vanden Heuvel on Sophie&Co

With six Republicans and two Democrats officially in the race, America’s seemingly never-ending presidential campaign is in full swing. The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel joined RT’s Sophie&Co to discuss how a new wave of social movements might alter the upcoming election.

“We’re looking at a populist moment in this country,...