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The Nation December 2/9, 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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The Truth About Lies In his Oct. 28/Nov. 4 column, “Cruel and Unusual,” Eric Alterman falters when condemning the August 6 New York Times headline “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism.” Echoing widespread denunciations from progressives, Alterman suggests that “the paper was deceiving its readers on Trump’s behalf”—even though the headline was “literally true” as a description of Trump’s speech after the El Paso massacre. Alterman bizarrely adds that the Times, “like nearly all news organizations,” has been “hesitant about calling Trump a liar.” In the summer of 2017, however, the Times published a massive article titled “Trump’s Lies”; the words “lies” and “lying” appear regularly in its coverage of him; and The Washington Post’s lie tally has topped 13,000. According to a tweet from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the August 6 Times headline…

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red ink. the new black?

It may seem anomalous to invoke Barry Goldwater in the context of a discussion on progressive politics. But progressives could do worse than embrace the sentiment of his famous dictum that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and…moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” To borrow from the late senator, progressives should be mindful that deficit spending in the pursuit of a prosperous economy that works for all is no vice, and fiscal moderation in the pursuit of social justice is clearly no virtue. Unfortunately, over the last few decades, the only extremism Democrats have embraced is a perverse adherence to fiscal moderation, specifically a self-defeating fetishization of public debts and budget deficits. While the GOP has long since abandoned any inhibitions about government spending—especially under…

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by the numbers

37K Daily number of people forced to flee their homes because of persecution and violence 70.8M Number of forcibly displaced people worldwide, according to the United Nations 26M Number of refugees worldwide, according to the UN 0.4% Percentage of refugees resettled by the UN 36% Percentage registered by the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees who come from Syria or Afghanistan 207K Number of refugees settled in the United States in 1980 0 Number settled in the US in October—the first time the country hasn’t taken in a single refugee since monthly records were started nearly 30 years ago…

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too farage gone

Dear Liza, I have a childhood friend whom I see about once a year. Her husband has joined racist Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party and is running for Parliament in the UK. When I heard the news, I was aghast. A few weeks later, my friend wrote to ask if I was dropping her and to find out why I hadn’t written. In her note she let me know that she is “fine” with her husband’s move into politics. Now I am at a loss. Does etiquette dictate that we send reassuring notes to old friends whose husbands join far-right political groups? —Awkwardly Antifascist Dear Awkwardly Antifascist, Normally, this column advises protecting our personal relationships despite political differences. If her husband were just some ineffectual loser posting Farage memes on his Instagram to annoy…

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courting disaster

Even as President Donald Trump faces almost certain impeachment, he continues to send unqualified, far-right judicial nominees to the Senate, and majority leader Mitch McConnell continues to fast-track their confirmation hearings. Take Steven Menashi, a White House legal aide (and former counsel to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos) who is now up for a lifetime seat on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Despite his extremist views on race, gender equality, and gay rights, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on November 7 to move forward with a confirmation vote. Menashi will likely soon be deciding crucial cases in New York—some concerning Trump. So far, 158 federal judges have been confirmed during this presidency. On November 6, the White House crowed that this represents “a historic transformation.” The briefing’s kicker: “Judges…

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yang isn’t ready

The most striking moment so far in Andrew Yang’s unlikely yet resilient presidential bid came in the fourth Democratic debate, when someone else was asked about Yang’s signature issue. Addressing Elizabeth Warren, moderator Erin Burnett said, “You wrote that blaming job loss on automation is ‘a good story, except it’s not really true.’ So should workers here in Ohio not be worried about losing their jobs to automation?” The candidate’s response was a slurry of “by golly,” “gee,” and “I have a plan to fix that” sloganeering that focused on legitimate concerns about trade policy as it has affected industrial workers but never got around to answering the question. Warren wasn’t wrong to criticize the “giant multinational corporations who’ve been calling the shots on trade.” It’s just that she seemed…