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on May 5, 2015 - 14:08 PM ET
Eric Clapton

New Nation column: Why Do Political Reporters Refuse to Show Us the Money?

So I was in the bar during Eric Clapton’s 70th birthday show at the Garden during the warm-up act Sunday night and I thought of a new list. It has to do with aging. It’s inspired by my own life, that of some of my friends and that of some of the people I read, see...

Arts and Entertainment, Film, Music
on May 5, 2015 - 14:05 PM ET
 (AP/John Locher)

Bernie Sanders will be debating Hillary Clinton as they compete for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Indeed, it looks like the two announced contenders—and prospective yet unannounced candidates such as former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, former Virginia senator Jim Webb and former Rhode Island senator Lincoln Chafee—could debate six times.

Or more.

The Democratic National Committee...

on May 5, 2015 - 11:50 AM ET
Police in Baltimore

Editor’s Note: Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here.

In July 1966, James Baldwin published...

on May 5, 2015 - 08:30 AM ET
Gwendolyn Brooks

The Pulitzer was only the first of many awards Brooks would earn throughout her long career. In 1967 she published in The Nation a brief prose eulogy for Langston Hughes: “Mightily did he use the street. He found its multiple heart, its tastes, its smells, alarms, formulas, flowers, garbage and convulsions. He brought them all to his table-top. He crushed them to a writing-paste. The pen that was himself went in…” The dazzlingly named Rolfe...

150th Anniversary, The Almanac
on May 5, 2015 - 06:00 AM ET
Tom Tomorrow

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Cities, Media, Police Brutality
on May 4, 2015 - 16:18 PM ET
Republican Summit

For a movement that so often disdains identity politics, conservatives sure love to deploy them. In 2008, Sarah Palin’s vice presidential nomination was a risible, tone-deaf attempt to capture women voters disappointed by Hillary Clinton’s primary loss. After Barack Obama became president, the GOP attempted to shed its overwhelmingly white image by putting the clownish Michael Brown in charge of the party. And now, Carly Fiorina is counting on conservatives...