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Ron Unz

The conservative businessman and activist talks to The Nation about his unlikely support for raising the minimum wage, his views on immigration and more. 

President Obama

Obama takes himself to be something like a benevolent monarch—a king in a mixed constitutional system, where the duties of the crown are largely ceremonial. 

XL Dissent

The student-led protest was a dramatic demonstration of the youth climate movement’s growing resolve—and its sense of solidarity.

Elizabeth Warren

At the current rate of progress, it will take nearly 500 years for women to reach fair representation in government.

Money in politics

This old American democratic tradition already has deep support at the grassroots.

Vladimir Putin

Conservative hysteria over Putin’s aggression in 2014 is eerily reminiscent of right-wing reaction to a previous Crimean adventure, at the dawn of the Cold War.

Early voting

The focus of left politics must be to change the terms of a debate that leaves us with impoverished choices. It's only in the context of a shriveled political imagination that that looks like nihilism.

Act of Killing

The brilliant Oscar-nominated film The Act of Killing depicts the horrifying mass murder in Indonesia in the 1960s—but the US was no mere observer. 

FISA order

The revelations of whistleblowers lead us to believe that we know a great deal about the secret world of Washington. This is an illusion.

Blogs

Last night, Wisconsinites in three different Democratic districts headed to the polls and overwhelmingly elected State Democratic Senator Dave Hansen as their candidate for the coming general elections in August.

July 20, 2011

The People’s Budget is endorsed by a Gang of Seventy, not a Gang of Six—not to mention a majority of Americans. Why won't the establishment pay attention to it?

July 20, 2011

The first Democrat versus Republican recall election produces a big win for the Democrat. With his poll numbers in collapse, Governor Scott Walker's “charm offensive.”

July 20, 2011

Michele Bachmann’s former church contends that the pope is the Antichrist. Luckily for her, conservative Catholics and Protestants want to work together. 

July 20, 2011

Obama’s choice to head the CFPB isn’t very well-known nationally—but Ohioans are familiar with his battles against Wall Street. 

July 19, 2011

Massachusetts might well elect Warren to the Senate, where she could lead the fight for reform.

July 19, 2011

Republicans and journalists are invoking the memory of Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech because of its anniversary. But they misremember everything about it. 

July 18, 2011

Obama was unwilling to fight for Elizabeth Warren. Will he now fight for the survival of the consumer bureau she convinced him to create?

July 18, 2011

Now that Obama has bowed to Wall Street and chosen not to appoint Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, she should go to the Senate and lead from there.

July 17, 2011

Members of Congress and federal regulators have bowed every bit as deeply before Murdoch as British officials. Don’t just investigate Murdoch's misdeeds, examine those of his political accomplices.

July 16, 2011