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The future of the Supreme Court is the most important issue in the most important election year since 1932. Progressive Americans should treat it that way. The radical right does.

At stake is whether the twenty-first-century First Amendment will be a protector of the powerful or a resource for the weak and disfranchised.

The current Supreme Court is so divided on fundamental questions of separation of church and state. that the appointment of one or two conservative Justices could well tip the balance and jettison key historical principles.

The Rehnquist Court's paeans of praise for state government are belied by reality.

I still think third-party politics is mostly a crock, but then, so is two-party politics.

Selma, Alabama, a touchstone in the civil rights movement, is frozen in
a way that confounds onlookers.

"The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from
religion," Senator Joseph Lieberman told a rapturous audience at a black
church a few Sundays ago, just after being chosen as

Research support: the Investigative
Fund of the Nation Institute. Additional reporting: Edmundo
Cruz.

President Bush was not deterred by lack of expertise when it came to deciding a highly specialized scientific issue.

Blogs

The solution to the NBA's lockout lies in confronting the culture of fear created by David Stern.

August 2, 2011

Rarely do two bills on the same issue appear in Congress with such diametrically opposed names and policy goals as the DREAM and HALT Acts.

August 1, 2011

 The NAACP has just passed a historic resolution demanding an end to the War on Drugs.

July 31, 2011

How racial violence during segregation shaped the present-day wealth gap between blacks and whites.

July 29, 2011

Corporate media help manufacture the Tea Party’s power every bit as much as the tea party manufactured our current debt “crisis.”

July 29, 2011

Every week, Nation interns try to cut through the echo chamber and choose one good article in their area of interest that they feel should receive more attention. 

July 28, 2011

Stephen Colbert, with the help of Nation friend Peter Edelman, takes on right-wing poverty deniers with integrity and humor.

July 28, 2011

Eric in the wilds of an Allman Brothers show, and Reed on the media's amazing ability to pamper conservatives.

July 28, 2011

Far from piquing interest in female sports, hyper-sexualized media images actually serve to suppress interest in—and respect for—women’s sports.

July 28, 2011