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After decades of nominations by politicians like Reagan, the Bushes, and Trump, the courts are the stronghold of reactionary power in the United States. The great task the left now faces is cutting the judiciary down to size.
A majority of Americans now believes that Trump has threatened democracy by pushing the Big Lie—but polling also shows that his support among his base is stubbornly strong:
Nina Totenberg’s nostalgia trip comes just as public approval of the Supreme Court is reaching historic lows thanks to extreme right wing decisions like the Dobbs case.
The corporate both-sides media has been happy to turn Ron Desantis’s migrant kidnapping stunt into a discussion about immigration—just what GOPers want—not an exploration of a vile act. So @ElieNYC does what they won’t: dives into DeSantis’s lies.
A new network in Veracruz, Mexico, made up of the family members of murdered journalists publicly discusses their relatives' assassinations to raise the political cost of future killings.
Reporting on abortion rights remains crucially important. We're one of the only outlets anywhere with a dedicated abortion access correspondent. Become a monthly donor today to support this coverage.
In Safia Elhilo's poems, we are taken through the stations of an itinerant Muslim girlhood, its scars and comforts and minor subterfuges, its “chorus / of approving mouths” and its “damp alphabet of silences.”
The Trump rally in Wilmington, North Carolina on Friday night showed that the sizable minority of people who still believe Trump’s lies is devoted and deranged:
While justice often seems out of reach in Mexico, a new network made up of the family members of murdered journalists is honoring and remembering their relatives' work.
On October 12, join @thenation for a once-in-a-lifetime evening celebrating Victor Navasky’s 90th birthday and the vast legacy of the Nation Intern community! In-person and live-stream tickets available.
Separation of church and state was sacrosanct. Until now. New polling suggests that the majority position of American Republicans is that the United States should declare itself to be a Christian nation.
The media has done a poor job of questioning Ron DeSantis about why he kidnapped migrants, but in the few explanations he’s given he sounds like the guy selling TVs out of a truck trying to gloss over where he got the goods. @ElieNYC digs in:
In Veracruz, Mexico, accountability reporters are risking their lives to tell the truth. Now a network made up of the family members of murdered journalists is trying to make their jobs safer, reports @frillyankle:
back at it! thanks to my editor @ChrisBurkeShay, y muchas gracias a @Launionver por concederme tantas entrevistas! con fotos del crack @felyxmarquez…
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Our new issue is here! This one features a cover story on the polio revival by Patrick Cockburn, an essay on the politics of the NBA by @jeremypgordon, a reflection on Barbara Ehrenreich by @KathaPollitt, and so much more. Subscribe to start reading:
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And lest we forget this cartoon! By Steve Brodner:…
The rest of the issue is live today, culminating with Stephen Berry on January 6 reflections:…
Corporate media wants to use DeSantis's kidnapping of immigrants to launch into another round of fear stories, but have you actually *listened* to DeSantis's argument? Most of it is unbelievable nonsense and what isn't is shocking. My latest in @thenation…
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“We establish no religion in this country. We command no worship. We mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are and must remain separate.” — Ronald Reagan Think about it: Reagan would be too rational for today’s Christian nationalist GOP.…
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Safia Elhilo's poems, in their formal techniques, recall the modes of expatriation: scattering, smattering, rough translation, dark humor.
Great piece by @frillyankle from Veracruz, where families of murdered journalists have formed a network to fight for justice, care for each other, and publicly—and accurately—discuss the assassinations of their relatives and other media workers.…
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"& then how boundless could I make my life" I wrote about the poetry of Safia Elhillo for @BooksandtheArts…
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Many developing countries are victimized by US policies on abortion overseas, including the 1973 Helms Amendment. It’s imperative that advocates expand their advocacy to countries around the world affected by US restrictions.
Join the Nation, poetry editor Kaveh Akbar and poets Katie Farris, Ama Codjoe, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal and Ilya Kaminsky for our Fall Poetry Reading on Tuesday, September 27 at 7PM ET! It's free, and you can sign up below:
The flamboyant cult of QAnon—which posits a worldwide cabal of powerful liberal pedophiles using state power to conceal their predations, with Donald Trump as their superhero—is not all that far afield from mainstream thinking in today’s evangelical right.
Safia Elhilo vision of poetry is capacious and energetic. Across two collections, she weaves together a world of movement, girlhood, and homeland.
The NBA is sometimes seen as among the most progressive sports leagues in the world. But its recent history shows the league is riven with contradictions and self-serving maneuvers.
The further Trump falls, the more dangerous he becomes, the more willing he is to burn down the American house and to mobilize the millions who still adhere to his cult. Meanwhile, Putin has created a narrative as potentially dangerous.
Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis aren’t the only ones making asylum-seekers’ lives difficult. The Department of Homeland Security is, too:
“Evangelicals need an enemy—whether they want to talk about defeating that enemy as Satan, who needs to be crushed, or they want to talk about a threat that’s targeting a definition of liberty that needs to be crushed," says historian John Fea.
If Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis’s goal is to send migrants to places where they’re unwelcome, they’re failing spectacularly. But the migrants don’t have a happy ending yet, @gabydvj reports:
Cori Bush tells The Nation, “We know our walls are full of lead paint. Black children are hospitalized with asthma with ten times the frequency as white children.”
The United States’s global funding restrictions on reproductive health care services disproportionately targets poor, marginalized, and often indigenous women living in low-income countries.
In America, we have the likes of Stephen Bannon and Alex Jones, who use their vile platforms to stoke hate and undermine democracy. In Putin’s Russia, frothing-at-the-mouth commentators openly call for apocalyptic vengeance against global enemies.
Democrats need to start making an issue of the fact that the Party of Lincoln, Eisenhower, and Reagan is rapidly becoming the party of Lauren Boebert, Doug Mastriano, and the deconstruction of the wall separating church and state.
While fighting at home for reproductive rights, President Biden must do everything in his power to ensure those same rights for pregnant people in less developed countries all around the world.
Trump’s back-against-the-wall persona is too similar to that of Putin, who has unleashed Europe’s most murderous war since 1945. There is, in the unleashing of the security state, a collapse into a might-is-right miasma.
Despite vague promises that data is “anonymized,” it can be bought, sold, scraped, reassembled, reidentified, and used to zero in on particular individuals with laser-like predictive precision about specific behaviors.
Ying Lee, a trailblazing activist and Berkeley’s first Asian American city council member, was one of the people who made us who we are, who fought racism and for the dignity of working people. You can see in her face that she never stopped.
The biggest threat to national security is the Pentagon’s stranglehold on our national budget. @WilliamHartung lays out how the US can transition away from the permanent war economy.
The media was so besotted with the idea of Brett Favre, the gun-slinging good ol' boy, that they missed the real Brett Favre right in front of them.
The good news is that the vast majority of Americans respect religious pluralism every bit as much as the founders did.
With her lawsuit against Trump & Family, @TishJames has shown that Trump can be prosecuted for crimes just like any other person in the country. When will other prosecutors have the courage to do the same? @ElieNYC wants to know.
In her new book, Imani Perry argues that one cannot understand the history of the United States without understanding the history of the South.
Join the @NationPoetry editor Kaveh Akbar and poets Katie Farris, Ama Codjoe, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, and Ilya Kaminsky for our Fall Poetry Reading on Tuesday, September 27 at 7PM ET! The event is free and you can register below:
Portraying Democrats as out-of-touch coastal elitists, the GOP has trained its sights on public education, painting classrooms as sites for “woke” indoctrination and vilifying teachers as “groomers.” But this is proving a riskier tactic than they expect.
As our machines fatten themselves on feasts of our data, it is clear that we are living in a technological panopticon. We are rendered vulnerable to corporate manipulations that equate due process with business inefficiency.
Giorgia Meloni, of the far-right Fratelli d’Italia party, has a jobs plan centered on tax cuts for bosses who hire staff. Meanwhile, she opposes a minimum wage, and instead floats vague alternatives.
When the Finnish prime minister was recently captured on video dancing at a party with friends, ink was spilled evaluating her behavior. The framing put the onus on her to closely monitor herself even in closed rooms, and it does the same for us all.
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