The Nation

The Nation is a weekly magazine published by the Nation Institute. First published in 1865, The Nation is headquartered in New York, N.Y. It is the oldest weekly magazine in the U.S. to be continually published. The Nation also has bureaus in London and South Africa.Self-described as "the flagship for the left," The Nation focuses on the topics of politics and culture. Contributors of note have included Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., Gore Vidal, Christopher Hitchens, Hunter S. Thompson, Langston Hughes, Ralph Nader, Leon Trotsky, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John Steinbeck, John Maynard Keynes and Naomi Klein. The Nation has broken such notable stories as the Valerie Plane leak scandal in 2003 and several articles about the Whitewater scandal in the 1990s. It was the first U.S. publication to report on what would become the Bay of Pigs invasion. The Nation has won 24 National Magazine Awards since 1971. Katrina vanden Heuvel is Editor and Publisher. Roane Carey is Managing Editor, John Palattella is Literary Editor, Betsy Reed is Executive Editor, and Richard Lingeman and Richard Kim are Senior Editors.

Articles from Vol. 270, No. 9, March 6

Abraham on the Altar
It's going to be an uphill battle for Democrats to regain control of the Senate in 2000, especially with the retirement of Bob Kerrey, whose Nebraska seat will be almost impossible for the party to hold. Two Democrats are in serious trouble-Nevada's...
An Antisocial Idea
Just because the ed whiz-biz politicians and the education bureaucrats have announced the end of "social promotion" doesn't mean that it ever existed-not for the past thirty years, anyway. Funny how they don't seem to notice that we have long been...
A Tale of Two Reformers
This presidential election-so far-is the tale of two establishments, one that held firm, one that started to crack and moved fast to hang tight. While Bill Bradley has not succeeded in storming the Castle of Gore-he handed out fact sheets rather than...
Bush's Death Trip
Bumped into Ralph Reed the other day in Washington, looking more boyish than ever in his new capacity as Bush person. He ought to have been looking a touch downcast, this being the week after the New Hampshire primary, but I suddenly realized why he...
Craven Idolatry
Scream 3 For someone who misspent his youth in film societies and revival houses, where mushrooms develop more readily than social skills, a job as a movie reviewer wonderfully eases the burden of small talk. "What have you liked recently?" people...
Death Takes a Holiday
In 1893 John Peter Altgeld, the reform Democratic Governor of Illinois, made a decision that ended his career: to pardon three anarchosyndicalists convicted on spurious grounds in the famous Haymarket bombing of 1886. Four of their comrades had already...
Education and the Election
By now most of us accept as almost inevitable the idea that education, meaning school reform and access to college, is at or near the top of the political agenda, both in the states and in the national election. As we've heard again and again, not...
If Politics Got Real
The second in a series of new ideas not likely to be heard in election 2000 but ripe for public debate and action. -The Editors If politics got real, presidential candidates from both major parties might agree that mothers and fathers need paid...
Leveling the Playing Field: An Opportunity Agenda
Education policies that reward privilege and maintain barriers based on race, gender and economic disadvantage are facing serious challenges. As far as teenagers go, Rasheda Daniel has played by the rules. She's a straight-A student at Inglewood...
Party of One
With Jesse Ventura and his followers gone, Pat Buchanan now has an absolute lock on the Reform Party nomination-but the party has seen any national appeal it might have had to independents destroyed in the process. Buchanan's nostalgia for thirties-style...
Run, Ralph, Really Run
Ralph Nader is running for President, and a fair number of progressives are excited by the prospect. They should be. Run properly, a Nader candidacy could offer the electorate a dose of radical democracy and a progressive alternative on trade policy,...
The Death Penalty in Theory and Practice
That the death penalty is applied unequally in this country is beyond dispute-except, unfortunately, in the view of the legal system itself, which dismisses statistics showing that nonwhites convicted of killing whites are vastly overrepresented on...