The Nation

on Sep 22, 2014 - 11:15 AM ET
Alan Simpson (left) and Erskine Bowles

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My new Nation column is called “Bloomberg Beyond the Billions.” It’s about the mayor and the mogul.

The Eagles (with JD & The Straight Shot) at Madison Square Garden
Steely Dan at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester

US Politics, Media, Economy
on Sep 21, 2014 - 19:13 PM ET
Roger Goodell

There is an unspoken question lurking behind the NFL domestic violence cover-up saga that has emerged over the last month. It is whether the brutality of the game, particularly head injuries, plays a role in the prevalence of players committing acts of violence against women. The NFL has a vested interest in not having this discussion. On head injuries, as the title of the award-winning book said so clearly, it remains “...

Sports, Society
on Sep 19, 2014 - 21:26 PM ET
A shop on Edinburgh's Royal Mile offering "Heritage" at clearance prices.

EdinburghOn Thursday night this old grimy stone city felt like a carnival. The leafy streets of Morningside kept their counsel behind drawn curtains, but in the working-class “schemes”—as the Scots call their public housing—of Leith and in the tattered, fly-posted area around George Square there were bright blue balloons and painted faces and Yes buttons in blue (Nationalist), red (...

Politics, World
on Sep 19, 2014 - 19:58 PM ET
People's Climate March poster art.

Every good movement needs its music. This weekend, in New York City and around the world, environmental activists are making their voices heard days before President Obama and world leaders attend a Climate Summit at the United Nations. This playlist is presented in tribute. The list is highly debatable—songs about ecology, nature and the environment cut across musical genres and...

on Sep 19, 2014 - 17:47 PM ET

Ken Burns’s fourteen-hour series The Roosevelts is giving a big ratings boost to PBS. And even with George Will rather gently criticizing FDR, the show makes a persuasive argument for more government involvement in the lives of the nation’s citizens.

But PBS is not so sympathetic to New Deal policies...

US Politics, Television, Society
on Sep 19, 2014 - 16:29 PM ET
Doctor examines patient.

On Tuesday, San Francisco became the first US city to go on record in opposition to bans on sex-selective abortion, when its board of supervisors approved a measure urging the state legislature not to pass such a law. The measure also “calls upon other cities, states and the federal government to likewise reject these discriminatory measures.”

Critics say sex-selective abortion bans, which have passed in eight states and been introduced in twenty-one...