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John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Online Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.

Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers.

Nichols is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. He was featured in Robert Greenwald's documentary, "Outfoxed," and in the documentaries Joan Sekler's "Unprecedented," Matt Kohn's "Call It Democracy" and Robert Pappas's "Orwell Rolls in his Grave." The keynote speaker at the 2004 Congress of the International Federation of Journalists in Athens, Nichols has been a featured presenter at conventions, conferences and public forums on media issues sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Consumers International, the Future of Music Coalition, the AFL-CIO, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Newspaper Guild [CWA] and dozens of other organizations.

Nichols is the author of the upcoming book The Genius of Impeachment (The New Press), as well as a critically-acclaimed analysis of the Florida recount fight of 2000, Jews for Buchanan (The New Press) and a best-selling biography of Vice President Dick Cheney, Dick: The Man Who is President (The New Press), which has recently been published in French and Arabic. He edited Against the Beast: A Documentary History of American Opposition to Empire (Nation Books), of which historian Howard Zinn said: "At exactly the time when we need it most, John Nichols gives us a special gift--a collection of writings, speeches, poems, and songs from throughout American history--that reminds us that our revulsion to war and empire has a long and noble tradition in this country."

With Robert W. McChesney, Nichols has co-authored the books, It's the Media, Stupid! (Seven Stories), Our Media, Not Theirs (Seven Stories) and Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy (The New Press). McChesney and Nichols are the co-founders of Free Press, the nation's media-reform network, which organized the 2003 and 2005 National Conferences on Media Reform.

Of Nichols, author Gore Vidal says: "Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols's sword is the sharpest."

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Saturday, May 30, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Martin O'Malley Attempts a Politics of Moral Duty O'Malley says, "We are still capable of acting like the compassionate, and generous, and caring people our grandparents expected us to become and that our children need for us to be." That is a morals message, a values message, and it has appeal -- not just with Democrats but with a lot of Americans who might vote Democratic.

Friday, May 22, 2015 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
No Debate Equals No Democracy: Fast Track is a Crime The vote Thursday by the Senate to shut down debate on a measure to provide Obama with this authority was the first step in the deconstruction of the democratic processes by which citizens can influence not just trade but economic policy.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bernie Sanders Has a Plan: Tax Wall Street and Make College Free What has distinguished Sanders's Senate service and his presidential bid is a refusal to buy into the lie of austerity. Instead, the senator is identifying problems that need to be solved and identifying where the money to solve them can be found.

Thursday, May 14, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Russ Feingold Is Running Again for the Senate and for Economic Fairness Feingold says his focus in 2016 will be on the restoring the "economic well-being" of a state and a nation hard hit by the austerity agendas of Republicans in Washington -- including Wisconsin's Paul Ryan and the senator Feingold is challenging, Tea Party favorite Ron Johnson.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Congress Has to Get Serious About Railroads and Infrastructure The Federal Railroad Administration's Office of Safety Analysis has seen a steady rise in Amtrak derailments in recent years. In the first two months of 2015, there were at least nine derailments. But it is the latest Amtrak Northeast Corridor derailment, with at least seven dead and roughly 200 hurt, that is renewing talk about how this country's rail system is in serious need of repair.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
President Obama Is the One Who Is Wrong About Fast Track and the TPP The people the president says are "wrong" -- a group that includes Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and most House Democrats -- are not unthinking protectionists or crude isolationists. They are supporters of workers, the environment, and human rights in the United States and abroad.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Mike Huckabee Is a Little Bit Populist, and That Could Be a Big Problem for Bush and Walker If the man from Arkansas offers working-class evangelicals in states such as Iowa the right combination of social conservatism and support for Social Security and fair trade, he could prove that even Republicans are sick of austerity. That won't make him the nominee. But it could prevent other candidates from being nominated.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
6 Reasons Bernie Sanders Is a Better Candidate Than Hillary Clinton No matter who else gets into the race, a Clinton-Sanders debate would be a lively, issue-focused exchange between two candidates who know and respect each other but are very different. While Clinton's first elective post was a US Senate seat, Sanders has been a mayor, a statewide candidate, a congressman, and a senator. But the issues are the heart of the matter.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bernie Sanders Readies a "Which Side Are You On?" Presidential Bid As a presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders can force the debate that the Democratic Party, and America, needs to have -- on fast track, the TPP and a long list of issues that the "billionaire class" would have preferred to keep off the table.

Monday, April 27, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
No Joke, Cheney Was the Worst President Cheney, whose presidential ambitions were dashed in the mid-1990s by disinterest and distrust on the part of his fellow Republicans, engineered his selection as George Bush's vice president in order to secure the power he craved. But, once he wedded his ambitions to the hapless "legacy" president, Cheney did indeed pull so many strings that he was understood by savvy Washingtonians as a virtual commander in chief.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
David Koch on the 2016 GOP Nominee: "It Should Be Scott Walker... But" Despite David Koch's show of bravado on Monday, Walker may not be the strongest Republican contender against Clinton. And what matters most to the billionaire brothers in 2016 is not the race for the Republican nomination. It's the November race for control of the White House. To think otherwise is to imagine that the Kochs are starry-eyed idealists rather than focused and serious partisans.

Friday, April 17, 2015 (23 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
If Clinton is Serious About Economic Populism, She Should Come Out Against Fast Track No matter what anyone thinks about "free trade," as it is currently arranged to benefit multinational corporations that seek a race-to-the-bottom economics, or "fair trade," as it should be arranged to protect workers, the environment and human rights, no one who believes in openness, transparency and democracy should back Fast Track.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Hillary Clinton Is Still Too Cautious on Campaign Finance Reform As she begins to frame out the themes of her 2016 presidential run, Hillary Clinton says she will make reform of the nation's "dysfunctional" campaign finance system a focus of her campaign. She is right to do so. Like most prominent Democrats, Clinton is too cautious on this issue. Until she gets clearer on it, she will face plenty of skepticism.

Monday, April 13, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Hillary Clinton's Soft Populism Is Not Enough Organizing must continue on behalf of alternative candidacies and a competitive race for the Democratic nomination. Clinton is way ahead in the polls, but it would be political malpractice for progressives to be satisfied with a few good turns of phrase at this point. The frontrunner must be pressed to make real commitments on real issues.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Chicago's Chuy Garcia Lost an Election, but Won a Movement Chicago did not elect a new mayor this year. But it has shaken things up for an old mayor. And it held out hope for a new politics not just in one city but nationwide. It may not be that Garcia will run again. That is not the point. The point is that someone, many someones, will run against the money power in the elections to come. And they will run from a position of greater strength than existed before.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Rand Paul Loves Big Government Paul reveals himself as an rather too predictable contemporary Republican. He is not interested in winning the battle of ideas. He is simply interested in winning -- and if that means using the power of big government to thwart the legitimate and honorable democratic aspirations of citizens, so be it.

Monday, April 6, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Scott Walker Controls Wisconsin's Executive and Legislative Branches. Now His Minions are Gunning for the Judicial Since his election in 2010, Walker and his legislative cronies have grabbed every opening to secure and advance their authority. They have employed ambitious gerrymandering schemes, reorganized the election calendar, rewritten voting rules and invited the wealthiest men in America to flood the state with special-interest money. They have disregarded rules and regulations designed to maintain transparency and fairness.

Friday, April 3, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Chicago's Chuy Garcia Has a Vision: Progressive Mayors Fighting for Public Education To a greater extent than a lot of Democrats, including Rahm Emanuel, "Chuy" Garcia gets that the fight for public education is about democracy -- and about the rights that are essential to democracy. A mayor waging that fight would earn national attention and, perhaps, usher in a whole new debate about public education.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bernie Sanders Backs Chuy Garcia and a "Political Revolution" in Chicago The endorsement of Garcia by Sanders is drawing notice in Chicago and Washington. The endorsement mixes local and national political storylines, as Sanders is pondering a possible run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination -- perhaps as a progressive populist challenger to presumed Democratic frontrunner (and Emanuel-backed prospect) Hillary Clinton.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Even Indiana Republicans Are Telling Mike Pence His Discrimination Law Is Wrong There has been an enormous backlash to the governor's decision to sign what the Human Rights Campaign condemns as "a sweeping bill allowing individuals to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people and other minorities."

Monday, March 30, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It Is Very American to Ask if the Presidency Should Be Passed Between Entitled Families In fairness to Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush -- while both have benefited mightily from family ties, and the campaign-treasury largesse that extends from them -- neither of these prospective contenders is formally staking a purely hereditary claim on the presidency. Both have records to run on.

Friday, March 27, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Harry Reid's Replacement Must Be Progressive and Effective The selection of a new Senate Democratic leader need not be a contest of senators who simply happen to be senior, predictable choices or compromise candidates. It's an opportunity for Democrats to think bigger, and better, about leadership. And if ever the party needed to do that, it's now.

Monday, March 23, 2015 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The "Draft Elizabeth Warren" Campaign Gets a Big Boost from The Boston Globe The Globe made it clear, as do supporters of the "Draft Warren" movement, and of other potential contenders such as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, that this is about more than Clinton's strengths and weaknesses. This is about core issues, and fundamental questions regarding the future of the Democratic Party and the country.

Friday, March 20, 2015 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Danny Schechter Was Our News Dissector Dissecting the news was Schechter's thing. He reported to listeners what was happening, then he explained why it was happening, and then he revealed why other media outlets did not tell the whole story. It was bold and daring, and the word of what Danny Schechter was doing on one progressive-rock station in Boston spread far and wide.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Oregon's Radical Innovation: Make Democracy Easy According to a Brennan Center review last year, almost two dozen states have since 2010 enacted laws making it "harder to vote." And that is only the beginning of the story; The Nation recently reported that "From 2011 to 2015, 395 new voting restrictions have been introduced in 49 states." Lots of bad news for democracy, to be sure.

Thursday, March 12, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bold Progressive Donna Edwards Enters Key Senate Race Edwards has often made the connection between grassroots activism and congressional action. After the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, when most Democrats were talking about tepid reforms, Edwards proposed a constitutional amendment to restore the ability of citizens and their elected representatives to enact meaningful campaign finance laws--and to prevent the bartering off of elections to the highest corporate bidder.

Monday, March 9, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Making Investigations of Shootings by the Police Open, Transparent, Independent this past weekend, when many gathered in Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a great turning point in the struggle for racial justice in America, an Alabama legislator was interviewed on MSNBC about where the struggle stands today. She spoke of fights over voting rights and so many other issues. Yet she also spoke, hopefully, of efforts to pass legislation to provide for independent review of officer-involved deaths.

Monday, March 2, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Mr. Spock Was a McGovernite: Remembering Leonard Nimoy's "Live Long and Prosper" Politics Nimoy did not mind trading on his "Star Trek" celebrity to appeal for McGovern. He even joked at campaign stops that, "I'm at a disadvantage. I've spent most of my previous life on Vulcan, so I don't know too much about the people in this country." But, of course, he did know a lot about the country and its politics.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 (12 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
This Is Why Scott Walker Is Not Presidential Material On Thursday, at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Walker was asked how he would respond to ISIS, and the "radical Islamic terrorism" he had condemned in his speech to the group. Walker told the crowd: "If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the globe." That was, by just about every measure, an unsettling statement.

Monday, February 23, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Scott Walker Says He'll Sign ALEC-Echoing "Right to Work" (For Less) Legislation What the statement from Walker's office reveals is what the governor would not say when he was running for re-election in 2014 but what he will say as a 2016 Republican presidential prospect. Walker is what he has always been: a longtime supporter of this agenda "who co-sponsored right-to-work legislation as a lawmaker and supports the policy."

Thursday, February 19, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will Rahm Emanuel Buy Another Term as Mayor of Chicago? Emanuel won it all in February, 2011. He's spending heavily -- nearly $1 million for TV ads in the last week of the campaign -- to win it all once more in February, 2015. That would shut the debate down at the mayoral level and free Emanuel up to steer his considerable energies and considerable resources into securing a City Council super-majority that would rubber-stamp his every demand.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Barbara Lee Does Not Want Congress to Write Another Blank Check for Perpetual War Lee is pleased that President Obama has come to Congress seeking a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) for the fight with Islamic State (ISIL), as she has for years complained about the failure of the White House to bring Congress into the deliberations about questions of war and peace. But she is not satisfied with what Obama is proposing.

Monday, February 16, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The State Where Even Republicans Have a Problem With Busting Unions Republicans who side with unions are rare these days. But Illinoisans in particular have reason to expect more of the Grand Old Party than Rauner's anti-labor obsession. After all, it was an Illinois Republican who said, "Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration." His name was Abraham Lincoln.

Friday, February 13, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
David Carr Was Our Guide Through a "Dead-Bang Ugly" Media Moment The New York Times columnist on all things media, who died Thursday night at the absurdly young age of 58, waded into the greatest debates of our time with a warmth, humor and humility that belied his amazing ability to get to the heart of the matter -- as he did in his final interview, just hours before his death, with Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Edward Snowden.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Democrats Really Want a Contest for Their Party's Presidential Nod When likely Democratic voters are presented with information about Warren and her populist positions on the issues ranging from trade policy to banking regulation to student loan debt, they become more enthusiastic about her running -- and about backing her in a race that also includes Clinton.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's War on Workers There is also a bottom-line contention when it comes to undermining the strength and flexibility of unions -- no matter what the state, no matter what the sector. Attacks on labor organizations represent what Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery decries as "brazen, out-of-touch attacks on the middle class and the unions who give them a collective voice."

Monday, February 9, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Working Families Party Urges Elizabeth Warren to Enter 2016 Race Warren says she is not running. But an energetic "Draft Warren" campaign has taken shape in Iowa, New Hampshire and other states. National groups such as MoveOn.org and Democracy for America are pouring energy into the effort. And the WFP move turns up the volume.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Scott Walker Objects to "the Search for Truth" The Wisconsin Idea has always been about the search for truth, at the University of Wisconsin and beyond. When Scott Walker attacks that search, he attacks not just the UW but Wisconsin; not just public service, but the pursuit of truth in service to the public.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
People Power Is Winning Net Neutrality No one should be naive. Net neutrality is not being guaranteed as a gift to citizens and consumers. It is being won by citizens and consumers. That win must be assured in the weeks to come. And it must be defended in the months and years to come.

Monday, February 2, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Not So "Fresh": Political Careerist Scott Walker Has Been Running for a Quarter-Century Scott Walker is a political careerist who has sought office -- as a winner and loser -- more times that Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz combined. Walker has a lot more experience contending for public office than most of the other Republicans who are preparing to run in 2016.

Monday, January 26, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bernie Sanders Won't Be Entering the Koch Brothers Primary "Americans used to think Iowa and New Hampshire held the first caucus and primary in the nation every four years. Not anymore,"explains Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders."Now the 'Koch brothers primary' goes first to determine who wins the blessing and financial backing of the billionaire class. This is truly sad and shows us how far Citizens United has gone to undermine American democracy."

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (13 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama's Ambitious State of the Union Address Rejects Lame-Duck Status The major initiative from the president's sixth State of the Union address that most excites newly empowered Republicans -- granting the president "fast track" authority to negotiate corporate-friendly "free trade" agreements -- is the major initiative on which both the president and the Republicans are most wrong.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Joni Ernst Will Provide a Koch Brothers Rebuttal to the State of the Union hen Joni Ernst responds to President Obama's State of the Union address tonight. She probably won't mention the Koch brothers or the other billionaire donors she praises in private for putting her in this position. But she will be sounding the themes favored by her elite donors and setting the stage for their grab at the presidency in 2016.

Thursday, January 15, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama's Right to Embrace the Public Option for Closing the Digital Divide In this digital age, for the maintenance of meaningful communications and robust debate -- need to recognize that this debate is about more than Internet infrastructure. What the president is talking about is developing and maintaining the democratic infrastructure of the United States in the twenty-first century.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Elizabeth Warren Says She Won't Run, but "Draft Warren" Activists Plan to "Change Her Mind" For now, it makes sense for the "Run Warren Run" initiative to continue. The caucuses and primaries are a year off. There are no looming filing deadlines. This is the clearest window of opportunity for activists who would draft a candidate into the presidential competition of either party. An honest draft always begins with a candidate who says "no."

Friday, January 9, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Nous Sommes Tous Charlie: Defend Freedom of Expression in France and Around the World We who practice and appreciate the right to freedom of expression must stand now and always in solidarity with every journalist in every country who challenges corruption, abuses of power, violence and the intolerance that underpins violence. We must do so in the defense of freedom of expression.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Edward Brooke and the Republican Party That Might Have Been Brooke decried the party's "southern strategy" courtship of segregationist Democrats as "not just morally wrong, but politically wrong." And he counseled that the conservative "programs and political philosophy that presently controls the Republican Party" were a barrier to attracting the votes of African-Americans and young people.

Friday, January 2, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Mario Cuomo Was So Very Right -- Especially on the Death Penalty Long after he left office, Cuomo remained consistently outspoken in his opposition to the death penalty, and it can he argued that this consistency played a role in shifting Democrats and the country as a whole toward a more enlightened view. But even if he had been required to stand alone on the issue, Mario Cuomo would have done so.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Steve Scalise's Problem Is the Republican Party's Problem It will be hard for Republicans to suggest that they are on the side of the future when, at this point in American history, they have someone in a top leadership position in the House facing questions about his appearance at a white-supremacist event and who opposed the King holiday. For so long as Scalise remains in leadership, it is not just the congressman but his party that has a lot of explaining to do.

Monday, December 29, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bill de Blasio Is Not the First New York City Mayor to Clash With Police Unions New York is different from the city it was in the late 1960s, just as it is different from the city it was in the 1990s. The media landscape has changed, as has the political landscape. And de Blasio is different in many ways from his predecessors. But that does not mean that this mayor cannot, or will not, learn the lessons of the past and apply them in the future.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Thank Postal Workers by Fighting to Save the Postal Service Congress failed to take what the unions representing postal workers identify as the most necessary immediate step to aid the postal service: initiation of "a one-year moratorium on a reduction in service standards and plant closings." Congress also failed to reach an agreement on a stand-alone postal bill.

Friday, December 19, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What Bernie Sanders and Dwight Eisenhower Have in Common A Congress that argues about whether the country can afford to pay for Food Stamps and nutrition programs just approved a Department of Defense bill that authorizes $585 billion in Pentagon spending for the 2015 fiscal year. If history is any indication, the actual spending total will turn out to be a good deal more than that once all the supplemental appropriations have been added.

Sunday, December 14, 2014 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren Blasts Citigroup From the Senate Floor One speech is never enough. One candidate is never enough. Before real change comes, politics must matter -- clearly and unequivocally for all Americans. And before politics can matter, parties must define themselves as more than mere treasuries for corporate campaign donations.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why Dick Cheney Is Wrong About the CIA Torture Memos Doubling down in defense of what can only be described as "Cheneyism," the former vice president is justifying waterboarding and other tactics as "absolutely, totally justified" and claiming that those who engaged in tactics that have long been identified as torture "ought to be decorated, not criticized."

Monday, December 8, 2014 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bogus Bipartisanship: Congress Cooperates in the Service of Corporations The problem with bipartisanship as it is currently understood is that, for the most part, cooperation in Congress serves the elites that already are living large thanks to federal tax policies that redistribute wealth upward. That was certainly the case this week, when the US House voted 378-46 for the so-called "Tax Increase Prevention Act."

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bernie Sanders' Bold Economic Agenda to Transform Politics Sanders said he is convinced, after visiting not just Iowa and New Hampshire but Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Carolina, Mississippi, California and other states, that "there is a real hunger in grassroots America for a fight against the greed of the billionaire class, which is wrecking havoc on our economic and political system."

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
An Inconvenient Political Truth: That St. Louis Prosecutor Is a Democrat Long criticized for failing to adequately investigate complaints about the police, and for failing to demand accountability in cases of officer-involved shootings, McCulloch's approach to the grand jury inquiry was the subject of concern from the start. And the prosecutor sparked anger at the finish by delaying the announcement of the grand jury's decision deep into Monday evening.

Friday, November 21, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
When Networks Snub a Presidential Address, Democracy Is "The Biggest Loser" ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox -- four major broadcast networks -- all declined to interrupt prime-time programming to air President Obama's Thursday evening address on immigration policy. Though cable news channels, public television stations and Spanish-language stations cleared time for the president's speech, the big broadcast networks stuck with fare such as The Biggest Loser.

Monday, November 17, 2014 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What to do About Record Low Voter Turnout? Call a Holiday! According to United States Elections Project estimates, just 36.3 percent of eligible voters bothered to participate in elections where members of the US House and Senate, most governors and most state legislators and thousands of local officials were chosen. The nation's most populous states, all of which had full federal and state ballots, saw dismal turnout.

Friday, November 14, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Here's a 2014 Mandate: Pass an Amendment to Remove Big Money From Politics America is destined to repeat from election cycle to election cycle the sordid process by which our politics and our governance are bartered off to the highest bidders in ever-more expensive auctions for the souls of elected leaders and both major parties.

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