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"Tobin Tax" on the table; Palestinian Authority in peril; predictable Islamophobia after the Fort Hood shootings.

States sound off for instant runoff voting; activists unite for the International Day of Climate Action; and we remember an American radical who fought the "good fight" against fascism in Spain.

GOP obstruction of Obama appointees continues to succeed; an immigration-policing program draws substantial heat; The Nation's Gary Younge receives Britain's prestigious James Cameron Memorial Award.

On healthcare, Representative Grayson lands a punch; momentum against "don't ask, don't tell"; Obama goes weak on press freedom; Greece votes socialist as Europe trends right.

Activism against Afghanistan escalation, the death of Texas liberal Don Yarborough, a bailout for students

Panic and silence greet the release of the UN Human Rights Council report on Gaza; the FCC backs net neutrality.

Norwegians vote for "social-democratic paradise;" Rep. Joe Wilson's lie turns lucrative; why are all the taxpayers at the 9/12 march white?

Help for healthcare heroes; torture at the top.

A tribute to Sidney Zion; Obama's former doctor enters the healthcare debate; Henry Louis Gates Jr. wows the crowd.

Prison-based gerrymandering; a college journalist's big scoop about Bill Clinton; our day in court


An embattled senator focused on increasing participation—especially by voters worried about austerity cuts—and won.

June 25, 2014

Following the Supreme Court’s decision gutting the VRA, we’re seeing the greatest attack on voting rights since Reconstruction.

June 24, 2014

The Nation’s editor celebrated the recent successes of the Affordable Care Act in a roundtable on ABC’s This Week.

February 18, 2014

Like Sisyphus, each generation of Democrats is forced to prove to pundits that finally, this time, they've really truly nominated a “moderate.” They’re always doomed to futility.

October 2, 2013

Are the people who predict catastrophies and disasters—and are dissenters in the press—marginalized, even after they predict outcomes?

June 4, 2013

Our sticky, rickety ability to govern forces us to incessantly choose policy choices from the bad/dumb end of the solution continuum.

December 13, 2012

Could dark money groups help Romney overcome the Obama campaign’s “ground game” advantage? 

October 29, 2012

Condoleezza Rice is at the RNC, Christine Todd Whitman is in the New York Times. GOP women have a long history of cynicism.

August 30, 2012

Why are commentators comparing unrelated political attacks as though they were equivalent?

May 22, 2012

If so many people believe voter fraud exists, it’s because groups like this have spread myths while suppressing the truth.

May 1, 2012