The most valuable activist, the biggest ideological comeback, the best newspaper front page, and more: John Nichols presents The Nation’s Progressive Honor Roll for 2015.

Also: guns in America. What is to be done? Amy Wilentz comments—starting with her friend who keeps his guns under his bed.

Plus: The great Gore Vidal. Before he died in 2012, Vidal asked Jay Parini to write his biography. The book is out now—Jay says he wanted to “look at the angel and the monster alike.”

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