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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

The Nation is a liberal magazine focusing on political and cultural analysis.

The Nation was founded in 1865 and is the U.S.’ oldest continuously published weekly magazine.

The Nation has struggled financially for most of its existence and did not turn a profit until 2003. Along with subscriptions and advertising, it is supported in part by a group of members called The Nation Associates. Its circulation nearly doubled from 2001 to 2005 during George W. Bush’s first term as president. The Nation has long had a partial online paywall, and in 2013 began experimenting with putting most content behind a paywall for the first couple of days after it was released.

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