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The Nation

The Nation November 25, 2019

The Nation is America's oldest weekly magazine and is independently published. The Nation speaks to an engaged audience as a champion of civil liberties, human rights, and economic justice. The Nation breaks down critical issues with lively editorials, in-depth investigative reporting and analysis, as well as award-winning arts coverage. Publisher and Editor: Katrina vanden Heuvel.

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in this issue

3 min.
against biden

In recent weeks we at The Nation, like many other progressives, have come under increasing pressure to choose between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. We’re going to resist that pressure to endorse—for now. Not just because we find much to admire in both candidates’ programs and in the way both have conducted their campaigns (especially their rejection of corporate cash and wealthy funders in favor of small donors) but also because we continue to believe the presence of both candidates on the ballot widens the left lane in our politics, exposing the broadest possible public to Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and measures to rein in corporate power. We also believe vigorous public debate is the best way for the strongest progressive platform to reach and be embraced by…

6 min.
political theater

Last year Tony Kushner’s Angels in America enjoyed a rapturous reception when it returned to Broadway after 25 years. This season brings an updated off-Broadway revival of his first play, 1985’s A Bright Room Called Day. The story is set in 1932 and 1933 in the Berlin apartment of a character actress. Her artsy friends assemble there as they try to decide what they should do as they see Hitler rising to power. Zillah, an American character in the 1980s, periodically interrupts the action and comments on her own situation, suggesting that Ronald Reagan could pave the way for something like fascism. Kushner has rewritten it substantially, revising Zillah and adding another interrupting character, who lives in the present day. Shortly after Steven Spielberg finished filming a new adaptation of West…

4 min.
taking the primaries to court

In May 2016, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump released a list of 11 judges he would consider for appointment to the Supreme Court if he made it to the White House. Despite his front-runner status at that late stage of the Republican primaries, the list was not an attempt to pivot toward a general election audience by advancing moderate judicial nominees. Instead, the list, mainly cribbed from a Heritage Foundation cheat sheet of hard-core conservative nominees, was intended to shore up Trump’s bona fides in conservative circles. The move largely worked. Some right-wing commentators worried that he wouldn’t follow through, but the conservative legal and political establishments were generally satisfied that a President Trump would deliver when it came to pushing the Republican agenda on the Supreme Court. And so he…

1 min.
rip, rep. conyers

Former representative John Conyers Jr., a Democrat from Michigan and the longest-serving African American in Congress, died on October 27, 2019. He was 90. Conyers championed social justice causes as an attorney, a civil rights activist, and a congressman. He was one of only seven members of the House to vote against funding the Vietnam War, he cofounded the Congressional Black Caucus, he led a 15-year effort to establish a national holiday for his friend Martin Luther King Jr., and he was an early advocate of Medicare for All. He also condemned the racist assaults on voting rights in this country. Writing in The Nation in 2016, Conyers called out the “disastrous” Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court decision, arguing that it “paved the way for widespread state voter suppression” and opened…

5 min.
soliciting lies

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shares with President Donald Trump the belief that he can blatantly lie about his past and get away with it. Testifying before Congress in October, Zuckerberg intimated that he had founded Facebook to oppose the Iraq War. (Trump, of course, also lies about his alleged opposition to the war.) But Zuckerberg’s actual 2003 creation, Face-Mash, was a “hot or not” guide for piggish male Harvard students (like himself). Again, sounding a lot like Trump, he had blogged about women’s photos as he was making FaceMash, “I almost want to put some of these faces next to pictures of some farm animals and have people vote on which is more attractive.” Another quality Zuckerberg shares with our current president is the impetus to hijack the memory of Martin…

3 min.
fact: sh*t happens! (and will again)

SINCE THE FALL OF 2008, AMERICANS HAVE WATCHED THE financial markets with the hypervigilant anxiety of a rescue pet: spoiled by (relative) prosperity and half expecting to be cast back out at a moment’s notice. This feeling of nervous anticipation peaked over the summer, when a key economic indicator known as the yield curve fell out of whack and investors briefly stood to make more money lending to the government in the short term rather than the long term. Historically, an inverted yield curve has meant a recession is coming—a bad outcome for almost everyone involved, especially the poor. Yet this curve brought with it a sort of dark vindication. With slowing global growth and a trade war with China, things couldn’t possibly be as good as they seemed, could they?…