Bachmann’s Neo-McCarthyism. At Monday’s Republican primary debate in New Hampshire, critics believed that Michele Bachmann—whose new image seemed to overshadow her extremism—appeared to be a credible and polished candidate. In my Editor’s Cut this week, “The Michele Bachmann I Know,” I argue that Bachmann’s inflammatory rhetoric is rooted in a dangerous history: what she really represents is “a retro throwback to a kind of American that is intolerant, bigoted and out of step with the best instincts and possibilities of this country.” On Tuesday I sat down on The Ed Show to talk about Bachmann’s rise—and the pro-corporate, anti–middle class agenda of the 2012 GOP candidates. Watch that here.
WikiLeaks Haiti: The Earthquake Cables. Drawing from a trove of 1,918 Haiti-related diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks, The Nation is collaborating with the Haitian weekly newspaper Haïti Liberté on a series of groundbreaking articles about US and UN policy toward the Caribbean nation. On Wednesday, we published “The Earthquake Cables” by Port-au-Prince reporter Ansel Herz. Despite reports from its own embassy that the post-quake situation in Haiti was “calm,” the United States launched a massive military operation that sparked an international backlash. Read that piece here, and check back as we continue to post new revelations from the WikiLeaks Haiti cables.
Union-busting in Wisconsin. With the Wisconsin State Supreme Court’s recent decision to reinstate Scott Walker’s “Budget Repair Bill,” it is now illegal for public workers to collectively bargain in the state. On Monday, on The Ed Show, John Nichols spoke about how Wisconsinites are reacting. “We’re looking at an incredible fight coming, one of the biggest political battles any state in the country has ever seen,” argues Nichols. Watch that segment here, and read Nichols’s recent blog, “No Checks, No Balances: Wisconsin Court Upholds Anti-Union Bill.”
Slideshow: Five Smartest Congressional Bills. Thousands of proposals never make it past the committee stage of the legislative process—and some of them are boldly progressive. Take a look at this slideshow to learn about five bills Congress should pass this season, and for more read Ryan Rafaty’s article, “The Five Smartest Congressional Bills You Never Heard Of.”