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on Apr 24, 2015 - 16:29 PM ET
STL Fight for 15

This post is part of The Nation’s biweekly student movement dispatch. As part of the StudentNation blog, each dispatch hosts first-person updates on youth organizing. For recent dispatches, check out March 16 and April 10. Contact...

Education, Social Justice, Politics
on Apr 24, 2015 - 15:16 PM ET
President Barack Obama

President Obama took the inter-Democratic party debate over trade up a notch Friday morning, when he joined a White House conference call with Labor Secretary Tom Perez and a small group of reporters as a surprise guest and mounted a vigorous, and at times testy, defense of his administration’s trade policy. Obama spoke for 31 minutes straight, and became almost the fact-checker-in-chief: pushing back on several specific points raised by Democrats about the deal,...

Barack Obama, US Politics, Labor
on Apr 24, 2015 - 14:48 PM ET
Libya Migrants

The scene of hundreds of corpses drifting in the Mediterranean is just starting to stir the conscience of European Union authorities. But despite vague promises of aid, ministers remain adrift in an ethical crisis, still unwilling to open “Fortress Europe” to some of the world’s most desperate people.

Even in the wake of the devastating migrant boat wreck on April 19, at...

Immigration, International Law, World
on Apr 24, 2015 - 12:45 PM ET
Ukrainian soldiers

The crisis in Ukraine has taken on a global bent in the last few months, drawing Russia, the United States, NATO, and even China into its web. While many political pundits initially considered war with Russia to be an unlikely consequence of Ukrainian strife, a clash between the United States and...

on Apr 24, 2015 - 07:00 AM ET
Sackville Street, Easter Rising

The Easter Rebellion began when a secret group of Irish nationalists, aided by socialists, assaulted British government buildings in Dublin and seized the post office. The uprising was put down by the British within the week and the conspirators were hanged. Most of Ireland’s 32 counties achieved independence in 1921, and the Republic of Ireland was formed in 1949. Six counties of Northern Ireland remain part of the United Kingdom, to the mild consternation of some...

150th Anniversary, The Almanac
on Apr 23, 2015 - 18:00 PM ET
Frank Giustra and Bill Clinton

The phrase “Clinton rules” has two very distinct meanings. Bill and Hillary Clinton’s enemies use it to mean that the couple flout rules that apply to everyone else. (See, for example, the recent anti-Clinton Wall Street Journal editorial “The Clinton Rules.”) In the early years of the blogosphere, however, liberals used “Clinton rules” as shorthand...