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The Nation September 9, 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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letters@thenation.com

There Is No Debate I was surprised and saddened that several recent letters to The Nation [“The Imperfect vs. the Irredeemable,” July 29/Aug. 5; “Debating Biden,” Aug. 12/19] argued against criticizing Joe Biden’s record of opposition to desegregation busing, which one reader described as a “narrow issue.” On the contrary, desegregation busing was perhaps the most important test of white America’s commitment to racial equality in the 1970s and of politicians’ willingness to uphold or betray the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was a test that found Biden wanting. Pleas that his opposition must be understood in light of the historical context ignore the examples set by more courageous elected officials, such as Michigan’s Senator Philip Hart, who rejected the cruel fiction of “separate but equal” despite violent resistance. The fact…

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prison murdered epstein

The conspiracy theories made sense. It was utterly plausible that something fishy happened with the death of Jeffrey Epstein. He died in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which reports to the Department of Justice, which reports to Attorney General William Barr, who has been a dishonest hack since he took the job. No reasonable person would believe a single word out of Barr’s mouth; he has forfeited his right to the benefit of the doubt. But was Epstein murdered by powerful people who wanted him dead? From the beginning, the biggest hole in the conspiracy theory was that those with the means and opportunity to see it done had no motive to get their hands dirty with the wet work. If the wolves in federal lockup didn’t get…

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by the numbers

43 Times that Donald Trump has used the phrase “the hell out of our country” at his rallies since 2017; in virtually every case, he was referring to undocumented immigrants 286 Times that Trump has said “criminal,” “animal,” “predator,” or “killer” when talking about immigrants at his rallies 241 Times that Trump has tweeted that he is the victim of a “witch hunt” since January 2017 9 Mass shootings since Trump’s election that have proven links to white nationalism 70 People who have died in white-nationalist-linked mass shootings since Trump’s election—twice the number of such deaths in the four years prior…

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statute of limitations

A Catholic friend once told me that as a child, she knew which priest to stay away from. The savvy kids, the self-confident ones could tell there was something off about him. He went after the sad ones, the lonely ones, the naive, obedient ones. We’re told that child sex abuse is a secret crime, hidden by shame and fear, and it too often is for the victim. Yet it’s striking how often the abuse is known to others—employers, supervisors, employees, colleagues, friends, family—who do little or nothing to stop the abuser. Priests were moved to a different parish. Teachers were fobbed off on another school. Prestigious physicians like USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar and Rockefeller University pediatrician Reginald Archibald molested young patients for years and years, and despite people’s…

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q&a

A few miles outside Orient, Iowa, along an unpaved road, sits the farm where Franklin Roosevelt’s second vice president, Henry Wallace, was born in 1888. In a room filled with memorabilia from the days when FDR and Wallace championed an Economic Bill of Rights, Senator Bernie Sanders spoke with me about the need for the Democratic Party to be as bold as it was in Roosevelt and Wallace’s day. —John Nichols JN: You have made it a mission of this campaign to renew the Economic Bill of Rights, to take this 75-year-old idea and bring it to the present. Why? BS: The answer is that we have to rethink politics in America. What Roosevelt said back in 1944 is we have a Bill of Rights, which protects our political freedoms, and that’s…

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ice, abolished

On August 18, about 100 mourners hiked two hours to gather at the foot of what was once Okjökull, a glacier in Iceland. They were marking the fifth anniversary of the world’s first known climate-change-induced death of a glacier—now known simply as Ok. (Jökull means “glacier” in Icelandic and was axed when it lost that status.) Children, scientists, and politicians participated in the ceremony, which involved poems, eulogies, and moments of silence. Locals spoke of their early memories of the glacier. Youth activists carried signs, and one teen promised to pass the memory of it to her grandchildren. One participant, Rice University professor Dominic Boyer, told Reuters that the memorial service should serve “as a prototype for other communities around the world who are interested in finding ways to come to…

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