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Drawing on his past as a Trotskyite, Irving Kristol states his case for capitalism--but cautiously.

Monsanto is dangerously re-engineering America's food supply.

In a matter of hours, Mary Jo Kopechne lost her life and Ted Kennedy the presidency.

Fred Rodell is largely forgotten these days, but as the "bad boy of American legal academia" he inspired several generations of Yale Law School students to think differently about their chosen profession. Sidney Zion was one of them.

Sidney Zion celebrates the courage and independence of the late Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

The maverick opinions of a a maverick reporter.

Roy Cohn was one of the most loathsome characters in American history, so why did he have so many influential friends?

Clarence Darrow may have embarrassed him at the Scopes trial, but William Jennings Bryan will long be remembered as one of the country's greatest progressive crusaders.

Jesse James may have been a robber and a thief, but at least he was a member in good standing of his church.

Yes, Virginia, this is an endorsement of Herbert Hoover
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“Where the subject is the Negro people, or the Negro person, Miss Brooks has gone considerably beyond…quaint and for-tourists-only self-consciousness,” a Nation critic observed.

May 5, 2015

“Swell packages aside, the ultimate thing about James Brown is the contradiction-healing groove,” a Nation critic once observed. “It’s like a brief return to paradise.”

May 3, 2015

"Hoover was not only the nation’s police chief; he filled a far more important post—he was its minister of internal security, an office of tremendous, if unacknowledged, power."

May 2, 2015

Each generation seems condemned to have to prove the obvious anew: slavery created the modern world, and the modern world’s divisions are the product of slavery.

May 1, 2015

“Hollywood will for a long time be in debt to Mr. Welles,” The Nation’s review predicted.

May 1, 2015

“It was once German and may be German again,” Thomas Mann wrote in The Nation, “to win respect and admiration by the human contribution, by the power of the sovereign spirit.”

April 30, 2015

“Rodney King is the symbol that links unleashed police racism in Los Angeles to the crisis of black life everywhere.”

April 29, 2015

“The decisive confrontation between the constitutionalists who want peace and the militarists who want war is close at hand.”

April 28, 2015

The Nation's critic in 1931 said the museum would abet the snobbery that believes "American painting is a second-rate affair."

April 27, 2015