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on Mar 29, 2015 - 07:00 AM ET
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

On this day sixty-four years ago Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Only in later decades was it conclusively proven that indeed Julius Rosenberg had given information to the Russians while they were allies of the United States, and continued after that was no longer the case. His wife, Ethel, however, seems to have had no involvement but was executed anyway, with Julius, in June of 1953. As their case winded its way through the...

150th Anniversary, The Almanac
on Mar 28, 2015 - 16:38 PM ET
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As the world now knows, Indiana has become synonymous with the kinds of backward looking bigotry best remaindered in history’s trashcan. The state’s Governor Mike Pence has signed legislation under the guise of “religious freedom” that gives businesses the right to not serve someone if they believe them to be part of the LGBT community. The looseness of this law is frightening. Could a pharmacist refuse someone their HIV medication if they assumed...

Sports, Society
on Mar 28, 2015 - 07:00 AM ET
Three Mile Island

Thirty-six years ago today the nuclear plant at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania suffered one of the worst nuclear meltdowns in history. McKinley Olson, who had written a 1974 special issue of The Nation about nuclear plants in Pennsylvania, “The Hot River Valley,” returned with an article titled “The Unacceptable Risk” (April 14, 1979).

It...

150th Anniversary, The Almanac
on Mar 27, 2015 - 15:12 PM ET
Peggy Young and her daughter

When Latavia Johnson discovered she was expecting, she didn’t know she was in for an unpleasant surprise at work. Newly hired at a Granite City, Illinois, Walmart, she tried to follow medical advice and ask her managers for a job that didn’t involve heavy lifting—it seemed a simple enough request, since her job was decorating cakes.

But instead of getting light duty, she recalls, she got less work. The management decided that rather than...

on Mar 27, 2015 - 14:30 PM ET
Harry Reid (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Fifty years ago, when Democrats were beginning finally to break the grip of Southern segregationists on their party, the way in which key congressional positions were filled was...

Senate, Politics
on Mar 27, 2015 - 13:00 PM ET
Senator Elizabeth Warren

Harry Reid announced Friday that he won’t seek re-election in 2016, bringing a fascinating three-decade political career into its final chapter. Reid has been a unique Senate leader who, contrary to the old Lincoln maxim, actually kept most Democrats happy most of the time. While Reid often (though not always) maintained the trust and support of conservative Democrats all the way back to Joe Lieberman, liberals remember his heroic stance against Social Security cuts...