Trump finally went too far, even for Nancy Pelosi: He used money appropriated by Congress for foreign aid to pressure the president of Ukraine to come up with dirt on Joe Biden—dirt that Trump could use in the upcoming election. Jeet Heer explains—he’s national affairs correspondent for The Nation.
Also: Historian Eric Foner talks about about voter suppression, about who gets to be a citizen, what rights undocumented immigrants have, and about the roots of mass incarceration—and how they all relate to the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, part of the country’s attempt to redefine citizenship after the end of slavery. His new book is The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution.
Plus: In the UAW strike against General Motors, workers are seeking not only higher pay but also ending plant closures and making temporary workers permanent—many of them have been on the job for several years, and yet they are paid less and denied union benefits. Jane McAlevey comments—she’s The Nation’s new strikes correspondent.