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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.

Over the last two years, various government and congressional officials adroitly exploited leaks to the media to defame Wen Ho Lee, a Los Alamos nuclear scientist.

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A profile of Bell in The Nation that year reported that the Scot spoke with a "rattling burr that adds piquancy to whatever he says."

January 25, 2015

Not the Winston Churchill who once served on The Nation's editorial board.

January 24, 2015

Conservatives are outraged at Obama’s tax proposals because they won’t help stay-at-home parents. But we already help them—unless they’;re poor, that is.

January 23, 2015

Sheldon Silver and the history of “Legislative Corruption”.

January 23, 2015

What are Nation interns reading the week of 1/22/15?

January 23, 2015

Who are the surrender monkeys now?

January 23, 2015

Despite his moderate image during the campaign, Larry Hogan has transformed into a hardline conservative almost overnight.

January 23, 2015

The Nation had an old China hand, blacklisted in the McCarthy era, reflect on the American surrender in Vietnam.

January 23, 2015

GOP leaders replaced one abortion restriction for another in a demonstration of pure pandering. 

January 22, 2015

A new guide for journalists argues that we get an inaccurate picture of reproductive health issues when we use language carelessly.

January 22, 2015