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on Mar 4, 2015 - 15:40 PM ET

More than seven years ago, a black woman parked her car illegally in Ferguson, Missouri. She received two tickets and a $151 fine. The woman, sometimes homeless, struggled to pay it off, and over the next several years she was slapped with seven “Failure to Appear” citations for missing payments and court dates. Each of those citations added to the debt she owed the city and resulted in an arrest warrant. By 2014, she’d been arrested twice, spent nearly...

on Mar 4, 2015 - 15:39 PM ET
Hillary Clinton at Emily's List gala

I am not going to pretend to know enough about National Archives and Records Administration regulations to have a worthwhile opinion about whether Hillary Clinton violated them by relying on a private e-mail address while secretary of state. (Most of the people talking about it on cable TV, or writing their own hot takes, probably don’t either.)...

on Mar 4, 2015 - 15:06 PM ET

The congressional gun control debate of early 2013 seems like a distant memory to many people in Washington—and the failure of universal background check legislation ensured the Newtown school shootings had essentially no impact on federal law.

But the legislation’s proponents were back on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, trying to jump-start the gun-control push despite even an even more hostile climate in Congress following the midterm elections. Eight...

on Mar 4, 2015 - 13:18 PM ET
Madrid protest 2012

This article is a joint publication of TheNation.com and Foreign Policy In Focus.

Myths are dangerous because they rely more on cultural memory and prejudice than facts.

And behind the current crisis between Greece and the European Union (EU) lies a fable that bears little relationship to why Athens and a number of other countries in the twenty-eight-...

on Mar 4, 2015 - 10:15 AM ET
Frances Perkins

On this day in 1933, the day FDR was inaugurated as president, the Senate confirmed his appointment of Frances Perkins as secretary of labor, making her the first woman to become a member of the cabinet. The Nation’s Oswald Garrison Villard, editor until earlier that year, wrote in his column “Issues and Men” (to which title he cheekily added, for this occasion,...

150th Anniversary, The Almanac
on Mar 4, 2015 - 10:00 AM ET
Japanese Protesters

A political struggle is unfolding on the Pacific island of Okinawa that is challenging not only President Obama’s bipartisan “Asian Pivot” but the entire battle plan of the US military in Asia.

Unfortunately, you don’t read much about Okinawa in the...