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The Nation

The Nation

June 1/8, 2020

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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1 min.
nation start making sense

Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts or go to TheNation.com/StartMakingSense to listen today. STACEY ABRAMS MARGARET ATWOOD CHARLES M. BLOW SHERROD BROWN NOAM CHOMSKY GAIL COLLINS MIKE DAVIS ELIZABETH DREW BARBARA EHRENREICH DANIEL ELLSBERG FRANCES FITZGERALD ERIC FONER THOMAS FRANK HENRY LOUIS GATES JR. MICHELLE GOLDBERG AMY GOODMAN CHRIS HAYES MARGO JEFFERSON DAVID CAY JOHNSTON NAOMI KLEIN RACHEL KUSHNER VIET THANH NGUYEN NORMAN LEAR GREIL MARCUS JANE MAYER BILL MCKIBBEN WALTER MOSLEY JOHN NICHOLS LAWRENCE O’DONNELL LAURA POITRAS KATHA POLLITT ROBERT REICH JOY REID FRANK RICH ARUNDHATI ROY BERNIE SANDERS ANNA DEAVERE SMITH EDWARD SNOWDEN REBECCA SOLNIT MARGARET TALBOT CALVIN TRILLIN KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL YANIS VAROUFAKIS JOAN WALSH AMY WILENTZ GARY YOUNGE…

4 min.
letters

@thenation.com What’s the Matter With San Fran? It was so sad to read “The Extinction Crisis Comes Home” by Jimmy Tobias [May 4/11]. I lived in San Francisco from 1967 to 1987. It was the most delightful city in the world. What made it so was the incredible diversity of ideas, ethnicities, lifestyles, income levels, and the arts. The Board of Supervisors was young, hip, and progressive. It was horrific to read that Mayor London Breed has actively opposed healing the bay. How does this happen to a city that has championed recycling, gender equality, LGBT rights, the environment, progressive politics, and many other ground-breaking ideas? I think it has to do with money, who has it now, and how to keep it. GINNY BUTLERSPOKANE, WASH. Unspoken Rules I really enjoyed reading Elias Rodriques’s “The…

3 min.
democracy dies in dysfunction

Like many Americans, Joe Biden is skeptical about President Trump’s respect for democracy. “Mark my words: I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held,” Biden said at an online fundraiser in late April. He’s right to worry but wrong about how Trump’s inclination toward voter suppression will manifest itself this fall. It would take an act of Congress—including the Democratic-controlled House—to upend the federal law that requires general elections be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. But that does not mean Trump won’t try to mess with the elections, in which, polls suggest, he and Republican Senate candidates are now vulnerable. This president thrives on chaos and fear, and the Covid-19 pandemic…

4 min.
bridgegate to nowhere

Nobody will be held to account for the massively corrupt scheme of political retribution known as Bridgegate. Not former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, whose office ordered the closure of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in 2013 to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, Mark Sokolich, after he refused to endorse the governor for reelection. Not Christie’s right-hand man, David Wildstein, who pleaded guilty to avoid serving time. And not Bridget Anne Kelly or Bill Baroni, the henchmen who orchestrated the lane closures. That was the lesson of the unanimous Supreme Court ruling on May 7 overturning the convictions of Kelly and Baroni, who were the only people ever prosecuted for the scheme. Now everybody has gotten away with it, and Christie, whose proto-Trumpian pettiness set the stage for…

1 min.
by the numbers

30% Share of US businesses owned by people of color, accounting for 8.7 million jobs and $1.3 trillion in revenue annually78% Share of white-owned businesses shut out of the first round of loans from the Paycheck Protection Program91% Share of businesses owned by Latinos, Native Hawaiians, or Pacific Islanders shut out of the first round of the PPP95% Share of black-owned businesses shut out of the first round of the PPP100% Share of business owners with a felony conviction in the past five years barred from applying to the PPP0 Number of standard demographic questions on the PPP loan application…

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nation laurels

Nation editorial board member and frequent contributor Greg Grandin won a Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction on May 4 for The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America. The book was also a finalist in the history category. The Nation published an excerpt, titled “The Blowback of Empire’s Defeat,” in our March 11/18, 2019, issue. The Pulitzer board called The End of the Myth “a sweeping and beautifully written book that probes the American myth of boundless expansion and provides a compelling context for thinking about the current political moment.” He was also nominated for a Pulitzer in history in 2010 for his book Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City. Grandin has been contributing to The Nation since…