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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

Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia has written a letter to the university community worthy of being shared.

March 2, 2012

Even in such a busy week it is worth taking a minute to reflect on what amounts to the firing of James Murdoch by his father.

March 2, 2012

Within one day Mitt managed to offend everybody by saying he was against the Blunt amendment, and then that he was for it. 

March 1, 2012

 Eric Alterman talks jazz, blues and Floyd while Reed Richardson zeros in on the "Bunker Bluster."

March 1, 2012

Each week, The Nation interns pick compelling stories in their areas of interest.

March 1, 2012

If women ever need permission slips from their employers for birth control, here’s what it could look like. 

March 1, 2012

The idea of dismantling the federal government's civil rights–driven education agenda is not new. 

March 1, 2012

We might have ourselves a good-old fashioned strike scenario during the London Olympic games.

February 29, 2012

Why have so many public workers been accused under the Espionage Act during Obama's presidency?

February 27, 2012

Though complicated by controversy, a weekend in Los Angeles with thirty domestic workers underscores the power of Hollywood to propel social change. 

February 27, 2012