The Nation has moved quickly to embrace emerging platforms like Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter, the magazine has over 26,000 followers, and we see it as a way to engage with our readers and reach new audiences. We were thrilled, then, to win our first ever "Shorty Award" on Wednesday, in the "politics" category. The awards recognize excellence in short form journalism and commentary, and voters chose The Nation as the standout among all the political media on Twitter. For America’s oldest news weekly to be honored for the world’s newest platform is an honor. Congratulations to our web and Twitter team! You can follow us at twitter.com/thenation.
Also this week:
The Breakdown with Chris Hayes …
What is the real impact of healthcare reform on the economy? With special guest Ezra Klein from The Washington Post, this week’s The Breakdown takes on some of the biggest prevailing myths about healthcare reform. Subscribe in iTunes or listen here:
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Two Important Slideshows …
One click through the images in our slideshow, "Students Fight Education Cuts," and it’s clear that there is a new movement gaining steam in support of public education. At this moment of debate about the role of government and the deficit, our student slideshow is an important reminder of one constituency that believes in the value of wise public investments for the greater good. Watch the slideshow here.
Also this week, a second slideshow, "The Wrong Kind of Green," walks through some of the issues raised in Johann Hari’s piece about the modern conservation movement, and looks at some of the groups doing interesting work on climate change.
The World According to Stupak …
We have an important web-only exclusive this week from Jessica Arons, Director of the Women’s Health and Rights program at the Center for American Progress. In the piece, Jessica looked at the circuitous logic of Rep. Bart Stupak, the Democrat who is threatening to imperil healthcare reform because of his radical, anti-choice agenda. As Jessica argues, by Rep. Stupak’s logic, the government is "subsidizing abortion" by building roads, developing medicine and providing childcare. You’ll hear a lot about Rep. Stupak and abortion next week–make sure you read Jessica’s piece first.
Finally, the Nation Cruise is early this year! We set sail from New York in September, bound for Bermuda with guests including me, Jim Hightower, Jeremy Scahill, musical guest Judy Collins, Christopher Hayes, Melissa Harris-Lacewell and Jessica Valenti. If you’ve ever thought of going this is your chance–there is a special discount on registration before April 1st. Read more here.