One of the things we’re the most proud of at The Nation are our interns. Not just because they’re storming 10 Downing Street (Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, a candidate in the race to lead Labour, are both ex-Nation interns) but because ex-Nation interns have gone on to careers in journalism and public service at some of the finest publications and institutions in the world. This week was the last for our Spring 2010 intern class, and I wanted to thank them for all their hard work: Our web interns, Clarissa Leon and Morgan Ashenfelter. Our print interns: Allison Deger, Frederick Deknatel, Chantal Flores, Nicholas Kusnetz, Timothy MacBain, Kate Murphy, Lauren North and Erin Schumaker.
On their way out the door, three of our interns have done a great piece of video, "Mad As Hell: Confronting Wall Street’s Class War." While the tea party protests earned much of the mainstream media’s attention, Allison Deger, Clarissa Leon and Timothy MacBain took cameras to a recent march on Wall Street. With some context from Senior Editor Richard Kim, "Confronting Wall Street’s Class War" looks at the politics of protest, and the voices who are "mad as hell" for real financial reform and accountability on Wall Street:
Also this week at TheNation.com:
The Breakdown with Chris Hayes
Can the US Government assassinate you!? The question used to seem preposterous, and we hoped with the exit of President Bush that there would be a simpler answer to executive authority questions. But as our D.C. Editor Chris Hayes explains in this podcast (with some help from Vanderbilt law professor Mike Newton) the answer to this question is nowhere near as clear as it should be. You can listen here.
All Rand, All The Time (A Spring Books Teaser …)
There would have been a nice synergy this week if, as many believe, Rand Paul was named after Ayn Rand, controversial author of books like The Fountainhead and a hero to the libertarian movement. We have covered the Rand Paul controversy, John Nichols in particular. (If you know a registered voter in Kentucky, please forward.) But this week is also our annual Spring Books issue. The Nation, through Fall Books and Spring Books, publishes one of the few remaining free-standing book reviews in the country, giving over our full articles section to what is usually the "back of the book" twice a year.