06 Nov

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President’s Letter from Andy Breslau 

This past Tuesday’s electoral debacle will inevitably lead to soul-searching by Democratic Party standard-bearers. Progressives must hope for the best out of the chastened Democrats–a reawakened sense of purpose and clarity about values and message. But at The Nation Institute we will remain watchful of any rightward drift by the Obama administration that could threaten the policies and protections fundamental to building a more just and forward-looking nation.

In the run-up to the election, The Investigative Fund produced a series of reports on the Tea Party–in collaboration with AlterNet and The Nation–that take you beyond their superficial image as a movement representing inchoate populist rage. These articles unmask the breadth of the groups’ corporate affiliations; their uneasy relationship with the GOP; and their shelter of the right’s xenophobic shock troops: the Minutemen.

At Nation Books we published Nir Rosen’s Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America’s Wars in the Muslim World that reveals in extraordinary breadth and detail the unfolding costs and consequences of reckless U.S. adventurism.

At this moment of political pessimism the work of The Nation Institute is more vital than ever. With your help and support we will continue to tackle the most daunting issues of the day–please take a moment to make a tax-deductible contribution.

The Investigative Fund
How Rand Paul Learned to Love the GOP
By Dan Bischoff, AlterNet
Tea Party darling Rand Paul was a GOP insurgent. But after the primaries, he needed insider Mitch McConnell to win. Now they are joined in the bonds of political pragmatism.

Tea Party, Inc
By Adele Stan, AlterNet
The Tea Party is widely seen as a grassroots movement, but powerful corporate players are pulling the strings. A guide to the monied infrastructure behind the right wing’s latest uprising.

The Right’s Civil War
By Tristram Korten, AlterNet
Nationwide, Republicans are courting Tea Partiers hard. But in Florida, the GOP sued to keep them off the ballot.

Nativist Militias Get a Tea-Party Makeover
By Gaiutra Bahadur, The Nation
The Minutemen were the largest border vigilante group in the country before financial scandals and criminal violence tore the group apart. Now former leaders are bringing their anti-immigrant politics inside the Tea Party.

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