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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' "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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Donald Trump and James Comey Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (5 comments)     

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What James Comey Gets Wrong About Donald Trump To assure that presidents did not become elected despots, and to guarantee that unfit leaders could be removed when necessary, George Mason argued at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 that "No point is of more importance than that the right of impeachment should be continued."

Donald Trump aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford Monday, April 16, 2018 (3 comments)     

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Congress Needs to Cancel Trump's Blank Check for War In one of his darkest moments as speaker, Ryan blocked consideration in 2017 of a bipartisan amendment to renew the role of Congress as a check and balance on presidential war making. As he did on so many issues, Ryan chose to hand a blank check to Donald Trump.

Donald Trump Monday, April 9, 2018     

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Donald Trump Actually Thinks He's Popular Trump may experience temporary fluctuations in his approval ratings, but they are never great -- or even all that good. In fact, when it comes to approval ratings, it certainly looks like Trump's best days were back in November of 2016, when he was on the losing end of a 54-46 measure of popular sentiment.

Replace Insecure https://i.ytimg.com/vi/o95mbzcdcQ4/mqdefault.jpg Thursday, April 5, 2018     

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A Stunning Victory Against the NRA in Wisconsin "We beat the NRA!" Judge Rebecca Dallet announced as she claimed her pattern-breaking win in a contentious race for a position on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Sinclair Broadcast Group Tuesday, April 3, 2018 (1 comments)     

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The Real Problem With Sinclair With their consolidation of ownership, and the dumbing down of newscasts, Sinclair's very conservative and very bottom-line-oriented owners are undermining local television stations in communities nationwide, providing less content and more doublespeak from the corporate headquarters in Maryland. It constantly puts profiteering ahead of the public interest.

Bernie Sanders Sunday, March 18, 2018 (6 comments)     

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Bernie Sanders Wants to Tell the Story That Corporate Media Fails To Tell For decades, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has objected to the failure of major media outlets to cover the growth of economic inequality in America. As a presidential contender in 2016, he used every opportunity that was afforded him in the media to address poverty, plutocracy and the consolidation of wealth and power in the hands of "the billionaire class."

Conor Lamb: 'We did it' Friday, March 16, 2018     

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The One Thing Democrats Should Learn From Conor Lamb At precisely the point when strong unions are needed to address mounting inequality and injustice, Republicans such as Ryan and Walker have positioned their party on the side of virulently anti-labor extremism of the Kochs. Unfortunately, too many Democrats have continued to mount only lukewarm defenses of unions. That's a mistake that has cost the party politically.

Mike Pompeo Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (5 comments)     

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The Koch Brothers Get Their Very Own Secretary of State In the Republican wave election of 2010, when Charles and David Koch emerged as defining figures in American politics, the greatest beneficiary of Koch Industries largesse was a political newcomer named Mike Pompeo. After his election to the House eight years ago, Pompeo was referred to as the "Koch Brothers' Congressman" and "the congressman from Koch."

Iceland's prime minister pacifist environmentalist Katrin Jakobsdottir Thursday, March 8, 2018 (4 comments)     

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Meet Katrin Jakobsdottir, Iceland's Left-Wing, Environmentalist, Feminist Prime Minister In the past, Jakobsdottir was always very happy about organizing rallies and election campaigns and speaking truth to power. But now that she's the one in power, she's hoping to apply that work ethic not merely "to change something" in Iceland but to set an example of how politics could evolve in the 21st century.

Progressive Laura Moser Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (2 comments)     

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Texas Progressive Laura Moser Is Beating Democratic Insiders Moser now has the support not just of Our Revolution but also of other progressive groups, such as Justice Democrats and Democracy for America. DFA chair Jim Dean is already framing the fight as a contest between the failures of the past and a future where Democrats stand clearly on the side of economic and social justice.

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, UK Monday, February 5, 2018 (4 comments)     

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Donald Trump Just Got Everything Wrong About the UK's Health Care System Donald Trump is an international ignoramus. He knows so little about what is happening in so many places that when he pulls out his cellphone to tweet an observation about developments beyond the borders of the United States, the expectation is that he will get something wrong.

Trump shaking hands with Paul Ryan Sunday, February 4, 2018 (9 comments)     

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Paul Ryan and Devin Nunes Are Betraying the Constitution in the Service of Donald Trump Ryan's abandonment of the Constitution began long ago. But it culminated with the speaker's decision to support Friday's release of a partisan memo produced by disgraced House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) to discredit law-enforcement agencies that have organized and supported inquiries into Trump-campaign and Trump-administration wrongdoing.

Trump's State of the Union address Thursday, February 1, 2018 (2 comments)     

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After a Dismal State of the Union, "We're Going to Shake Off Trump's Dark Shadow" The president's address was a long and listless repetition of the right-wing themes that have defined his presidency: saber-rattling militarism, rejection of environmental sanity, neglect of domestic needs, and cruel stereotyping of immigrants. Trump's "nativist lies about immigrants" were reprehensible, and anyone who suggests this speech was "presidential" is lying to themselves. It was heartless and harmful.

Women's March NYC 2018 Thursday, January 25, 2018 (2 comments)     

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The Most Important Story This Month Was Not the Government Shutdown For all the tumult over the shutdown, a more significant story was taking place far from the Beltway -- in communities where the resistance has been gaining strength and focus before a midterm election that could hold the president and his allies to account.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (1 comments)     

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A Governor Renews Net Neutrality Protections With the Stroke of a Pen In Montana, Governor Steve Bullock picked up a pen. On January 22, the Democratic governor signed an executive order requiring Internet service providers that operate in the state to embrace net neutrality principles in order to obtain lucrative state government contracts. Bullock, whose order goes into effect July 1, is urging other governors to join him in pushing back against the FCC.

President Trump on-screen appearance at the White House press briefing to praise the recently passed t Monday, January 8, 2018     

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A President Who Attempts to Ban Books That Expose Him Should Be Impeached With his attempt to cause an author and a publisher to "immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination" of a book that does not meet with his approval, Donald Trump has shown a callous disregard for the First Amendment to the Constitution. This is what tyrants do, not American presidents.

Donald Trump lying for 13 minutes straight. Thursday, January 4, 2018 (1 comments)     

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Donald Trump Lies About Everything, Including Steve Bannon For the better part of three years, Steve Bannon framed Donald Trump's politics, prodding the political newcomer to embrace the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim stances of the Breitbart's alt-right community, serving as a very hands-on leader of the Republican nominee's fall campaign and then taking a place at the center of the new administration.

Image created from image crediting Wednesday, January 3, 2018     

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Wisconsin-born Marcus Raskin shaped progressive politics of two centuries Raskin drew leading intellectuals into the process of establishing a "rational program" for postwar liberalism that might "serve as a basis for writing a suggested Democratic Party platform for 1960 and as a campaign text for liberal candidates." They produced "The Liberal Papers," an ambitious agenda that Commentary magazine described as an "indication of a resurgent citizenry in America."

Resistance Sunday, December 31, 2017 (3 comments)     

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The 2017 Progressive Honor Roll What began as a frightening and frustrating year ended with Alabama voters rejecting one of Trump's most vile allies in favor of a decent Democrat, Doug Jones, who claimed his victory in that state's senatorial contest by citing one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s favorite quotations: "The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

House Speaker Paul Ryan Tuesday, December 26, 2017 (2 comments)     

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A Scrooge Walks Among Us Dickens imagined that spirited prodding from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future would change Scrooge -- just as there are those today who imagine that a bit more enlightenment might cause even a Paul Ryan to reconsider his disregard for the unemployed, the underemployed, and the never employed.

Firing Mueller would open floodgates to Trump Sunday, December 24, 2017 (6 comments)     

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Democrats Need to Make Clear that Firing Mueller Triggers Impeachment When a president creates a constitutional crisis, the difficulty of responding does not change the fact that the right response is the application of the constitutional remedy that the founders outlined. If Trump commits the most extensive injustice, Democrats (and responsible Republicans) should make it clear that his abuses of power will be met with the power of impeachment.

FCC votes on net neutrality repeal Friday, December 15, 2017 (9 comments)     

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Gutting Net Neutrality Is the Trump Administration's Most Brutal Blow to Democracy Yet Those who would resist the Trump administration's most authoritarian and anti-democratic instincts -- on issues ranging from voter suppression to freedom of the press to civil rights and civil liberties -- have used a free and open Internet to organize throughout 2017. They will need to continue to do so in 2018 and beyond.

Donald Trump Thursday, November 30, 2017     

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Donald Trump's Most Vile Tweets Yet Deserve Global Condemnation It actually takes some serious provocation to get the British government to call out the president of the United States. But Donald Trump brought the wrath of No. 10 Downing Street upon himself Wednesday by retweeting anti-Muslim videos posted by a leading figure in one of the most notorious far-right groups in the world.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey Friday, November 24, 2017     

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Trump Greets Thanksgiving With an Unhealthy Serving of Xenophobia It is surely true that presidents and citizens do not always rise to the challenges of our times. But the 45th president really is the worst of the lot. His inability to recognize the cruel irony of attacking refugees at Thanksgiving time illustrates just how disconnected Trumpism is from the arc of American history that bends toward justice.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is Rejecting Net Neutrality Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (9 comments)     

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Donald Trump's FCC is a Clear and Present Danger to Democracy The FCC was charged in 1934 with the clear mission of protecting the "public interest" from profiteers and propagandists. That mission was enhanced and extended over time. It was threatened, as well -- but never so aggressively, nor so dramatically, as it is now threatened. It is dangerous. It threatens the discourse that sustains democracy at the local, state and national levels.

Roy Moore Threatens To Sue The Media For Reporting On Him Monday, November 20, 2017     

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The Surest Way to Keep Roy Moore Out of the Senate Is by Electing His Opponent The Alabama contest meets the ethical standard, and the practical standard. A few wise Republicans recognize this. Asked last week if he would support a Democratic candidate over Moore, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake replied: "If the choice is between Roy Moore and a Democrat -- the Democrat, no doubt."

Ravi Bhalla Thursday, November 9, 2017     

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"I'm Everything Trump Hates," Says the New Mayor of Hoboken If there is an American elected official who is the opposite of Donald Trump, it could well be Ravinder Bhalla. A Sikh-American lawyer with a record of fighting discrimination, Bhalla says, "I'm everything that Trump hates. A brown man wearing a turban, and a proud American with the know-how to stop his assaults on our country's values."

President Donald Trump Wednesday, November 8, 2017     

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Donald Trump's Best Day Was a Year Ago -- Sad! Trump proved in 2016 that it is not enough to run against him. Instead, it is necessary to run on policies that are diametrically opposed to Trumpism: for taxing the rich and busting up monopolies, for higher wages and Medicare for All, for averting wars and addressing climate change -- and for reforming a political system so corrupt that it produced a President Donald Trump.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is Feeling the Heat Over Net Neutrality Thursday, October 26, 2017     

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Trump's FCC Chair Moves to Undermine Journalism and Democracy Pai announced that the FCC would vote as soon as November on a proposal to eliminate the cross-ownership rules and usher in a new era of media monopoly. The assault on cross-ownership rules is the ultimate government intervention, as it will clear the way for large corporations to gobble up media outlets, consolidate newsrooms and diminish competition.

Al Franken's HEATED EXCHANGE with Jeff Sessions Thursday, October 19, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Jeff Sessions Keeps Lying to the Senate Jeff Sessions has proven himself to be unfit for office. He has, with deceptive responses to questions from senators, and with his involvement in the Comey firing, committed what the founders understood as "high crimes and misdemeanors." He should now be held to account, using the tool that the Constitution affords members of Congress to impose accountability on officials who lie in official settings: impeachment.

GOP Sen. Bob Corker Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Actually, No, Bob Corker and John McCain Are Doing Nothing to Hold Trump Accountable Corker is correct in his concern. But being correct is not enough. The senator needs to do more than simply issue warnings about a president who is in need of "adult day care." He has a duty to join the members of Congress who are seeking to place limits on Trump's ability to steer the world toward a planet-obliterating World War III.

Crazy Donald Monday, October 16, 2017 (3 comments)     

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Donald Trump's Lies About the Iran Deal Reveal He Is Dangerously Out of Touch with Reality In his televised speech to the nation Friday, the president said he wanted Congress to set new benchmarks that Iran would be required to meet in order to avoid nuclear-related sanctions. He bluntly declared that the deal "will be terminated" if no plan is reached to radically alter the agreement.

Bernie Sanders supporters Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (5 comments)     

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Why Do Republicans (and Some Democrats) Vilify Single Payer? Single payer is a bad idea for senators whose political survival is based on their ability to bank checks from health-care profiteers and billionaire speculators. But it is a very good idea for America. The money power, and its feudal serfs in the Senate, will keep fighting against the common good.

Paul Ryan Sunday, October 8, 2017 (3 comments)     

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Let's Talk About Paul Ryan's Scorching Duplicity on Gun Violence, Mental Health, and, Well, Everything The most unsettling thing about Ryan's consistently dishonest responses to the issues that Congress should be addressing -- from gun violence, to access to health care, to tax reform, to matters of war and peace -- is that many in the media still treat the speaker as a credible commentator rather than a crudely manipulative politician.

SCOTUS Case On Gerrymandering Could Drastically Change Elections In America. Tuesday, October 3, 2017     

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The Most Serious Challenge to Gerrymandering in Modern Times Reaches the Supreme Court The democratic disconnect has strengthened the argument that the gerrymandering of district lines denies voters their right to participate in fair and competitive elections. And jurists have begun to accept that something must be done to make elections more reflective of the popular will. Change this monumental will not come without a fight.

President Trump UN Speech Wednesday, September 20, 2017     

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Trump's First Speech Before the UN Was an Absurd, Bombastic Disaster After Trump's recent Twitter storms and his stormy speech to the United Nations, the need for Congress to intervene grows more urgent. The Constitution rests the power to declare war with Congress. Congress must make it clear to the president that he cannot act alone, based on his whims, furies, and fantasies. This should not be a partisan issue. There should be no ideological divide on this one.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes announcement on DACA program Monday, September 18, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Honor the Constitution by Impeaching Jeff Sessions Jeff Sessions is a crudely intolerant political careerist whose enthusiastic talk about scrapping DACA provided a reminder of how he uses his ill-gotten position to divide Americans against one another. Jeff Sessions has no business heading a department named "Justice." He should be impeached and removed.

Mike Pompeo CIA Director Friday, September 15, 2017 (2 comments)     

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The CIA Director Just Bullied Harvard Into Throwing Chelsea Manning to the Curb Manning blew the whistle on what would come to be understood as military and diplomatic scandals because she felt Americans had a right to know what was being done in their name but without their informed consent. Mike Pompeo, a secretive and conflicted politician, has no such instinct; he serves wealth and power without questioning whether the dictates of the privileged are right or honorable.

Bernie Sanders Wednesday, September 13, 2017     

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"Single Payer Is a Rational Health-Care System": Exclusive Interview With Bernie Sanders on his "Medicare for All" Plan There should be no question about this, Republicans and the insurance industry and the drug companies will be spending a fortune to try and confuse the American people... Our task is to counter the money that is spent, to counter the confusion...with a plan that responds to the needs of the great majority of the American people. That's what single payer does.

Paul Ryan Heartbroken After Trump Sides With Dems On Debt Ceiling Friday, September 8, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Paul Ryan's Pronouncements Are Not Enough; Congress Must Censure Trump and Confront White Supremacy It is clearer than ever that the Trump administration will not lead. The president and his attorney general continue to use the politics of prejudice to divide Americans against one another -- most recently with the assault on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections for immigrants who were brought to this country as children.

Paul Ryan Gets Schooled By Catholic Nun On His Policies That Only Benefit The Rich Monday, August 28, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Paul Ryan Debated a Nun and the Nun Won Paul Ryan, with his proposals to gut the Affordable Care Act, and with his long history of looking for ways to undermine Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and nutrition programs, has got the calculus exactly wrong. Despite the evidence that federal, state, and local action to address poverty works, he wants to weaken those programs.

Village Voice to End Print Edition Wednesday, August 23, 2017     

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What "The Village Voice" Taught Us About Speaking Truth to Power For decades, The Village Voice was a Manhattan-based weekly newspaper with national reach and an outsized influence on American journalism. Tuesday's announcement that it would cease print publication inspired "End of an Era" headlines across the country.

Rep. John Conyers Friday, August 11, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Congress Is Pushing Back Against Trump's Dangerously Ignorant Nuclear Threats Donald Trump swore a parallel oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Congress should remind him of that by outlining clear limits on the use of force -- especially with regard to to preemptive and unilateral nuclear strikes. If, in the end, Trump chooses to disregard his oath, then he should be impeached and removed from office.

Democratic Socialists of America Monday, August 7, 2017 (12 comments)     

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America Has a Long and Storied Socialist Tradition. DSA Is Reviving It. DSA got a big boost from the surge of interest in democratic socialism that grew from the Sanders campaign. Bernie upended decades of right-wing histrionics, Democratic Party caution, and media neglect that bordered on malpractice when he showed America that a national contender could embrace the "S" word and survive.

Image created from image crediting Sunday, August 6, 2017     

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Scott Walker's Crony Capitalism Walker is running for re-election and, as a career politician, he is perfectly happy to sacrifice fiscal responsibility on the altar of his own ambition. Never mind that, in doing so, he embraces precisely the sort of crony capitalism that sincere conservatives have long decried.

Paul Ryan Friday, July 21, 2017 (6 comments)     

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Paul Ryan Hands Donald Trump a Blank Check for Endless War House Speaker Paul Ryan had an opportunity not merely to reassert the authority of the chamber he is supposed to lead but also to steer the United States away from the dangerous course of endless war and steady subservience to an ever-more-powerful military-industrial complex. Ryan squandered that opportunity.

Seal of the United States Senate Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (6 comments)     

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ALEC Is Talking About Changing the Way Senators Are Elected and Taking Away Your Vote The idea of reversing 104 years of representative democracy and returning to the bad old days when senators were chosen via backroom deals between wealthy campaign donors, corporate lobbyists, and crooked legislators, is not new. The John Birch Society peddled the proposal decades ago. But with the rise of the "Tea Party" movement, the notion moved into the conservative mainstream.

Rep. Keith Ellison Monday, July 17, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Keith Ellison Just Beat Back a Right-Wing Assault on Religious Freedom Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the House, recalled historic instances of racial, ethnic, and religious discrimination. and warned that "when we single out a group of people and treat them differently, shameful and regrettable abuses and mistreatment follow."

Net Neutrality - Special Interests keep wishing for death Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Net Neutrality Is About Much More Than the Internet Because our lives are now so digital, and because they are becoming so automated, the fight over net neutrality is really the fight over the whole of the future. It comes down to a simple question: Will that future be defined by civic and democratic values? Or will it defined by commercial and entertainment values?

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump at the 2017 G-20 Hamburg Summit Monday, July 10, 2017 (3 comments)     

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Donald Trump's Proposal to Partner With Putin on Cybersecurity Is a Joke A response to cyber threats -- both external and internal -- is necessary. So, too, is a response to broader threats to the integrity of elections across the United States. Those threats go far beyond concerns that have arisen following allegations of Russian hacking. Trump's tweets are, at best, distractions from all of these issues.

Voters Lined up to cast their ballots Saturday, July 8, 2017     

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Democrats Must Become America's Anti-Gerrymandering Party The Republicans, with tremendous support from billionaire campaign donors such as the Koch brothers, have mastered the art of making elections noncompetitive. Americans hate the current system. They tell pollsters it is too owned by special interests, too mangled by money, too deferential towards political careerists, and too disrespectful toward voters.

Visual Guide to Gerrymandering Effects: Charts by Meryl Ann Butler for OpEdNews Tuesday, June 20, 2017 (1 comments)     

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The Supreme Court Takes Up the Question of Whether Gerrymandering Is Unconstitutional Because the Electoral College can upset the results of the popular vote for president of the United States, it is possible for a Donald Trump to lose by almost 3 million votes and still end up in the Oval Office. That's unfair and dysfunctional. And that is not the only example of unfairness and dysfunction in American electoral politics.

Chokwe Antar Lumumba Friday, June 16, 2017 (1 comments)     

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A Progressive Electoral Wave Is Sweeping the Country A new resistance-and-renewal politics is sending a signal to conservative Republicans and cautious Democrats alike about the ability of bold progressive populists to win in every part of the country. That's why it is so worrisome that these electoral shock waves have been crashing against the wall of ignorance and indifference that surrounds a Trump-obsessed Washington media.

Donald Trump Tuesday, June 13, 2017 (2 comments)     

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An Article of Impeachment Based on Trump's Obstruction of Justice Is Now Circulating in the House Congress has sufficient grounds to hold President Trump to account for obstruction of justice. The proper means for holding him to account is an impeachment process, one that is informed by lessons from the Congress that sought to hold Richard Nixon to account after his Watergate-era wrongdoing was revealed.

Devin Nunes Wednesday, March 29, 2017 (5 comments)     

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Only One House Republican is Taking a Stand Against Devin Nunes' Tainted Investigation If Ryan took his duties as speaker seriously, he would remove the compromised chair from the Intelligence Committee. But Ryan, the Republican political careerist from Wisconsin who bid for the vice presidency in 2012, has made it clear that party loyalty in general, and loyalty to Trump in particular, takes priority over his constitutional responsibilities.

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Monday, March 27, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Neil Gorsuch's Own Testimony Clearly Disqualifies Him Even those who might be inclined to approve Gorsuch under different circumstances cannot accept the illicit manner in which his nomination has been advanced. The politics of obstruction and lying that Republicans -- including Donald Trump -- employed to block Merrick Garland's nomination corrupted the process.

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Trump's Plan to Eliminate Public Broadcasting Would Hurt Listeners in Trump Country The president's first federal budget proposal seeks to eliminate all federal funding for public broadcasting -- zeroing out the $445 million annual allocation to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the not-for-profit entity created by the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 to keep local public radio and television stations on the air.

Steve King Tuesday, March 14, 2017     

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This House Republican Just Endorsed a White Nationalist King has surely discredited himself, and as a sitting congressman he has discredited -- and diminished -- the US House of Representatives. He merits, at the very least, the response from his colleagues that Democratic and Republican US senators directed toward Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy when they finally held the disreputable hatemonger to account in 1954.

Texas Activists protest against President-Elect Donald Trump Monday, March 13, 2017     

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Federal Court Rules Texas Gerrymandering Unconstitutional Paul Ryan, who holds his seat thanks to gerrymandering in Wisconsin, won't approve of the court decision. But Americans who want sound policy on issues such as health care will. That's because there is a dawning recognition that gerrymandering is the enemy of responsive and responsible governance.

Sean Spicer Thursday, March 9, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Sean Spicer Is Lying About Trump's Health-Care Debacle Apart from the fact that the plan proposed by Trump and Ryan makes things worse (as opposed to saving the system), and that Trump ran on roughly a dozen different health-care platforms (flirting with everything from single-payer to survival-of-the-fittest, but always promising to make things "great"), there is no truth to the statement that "this is the Obamacare replacement plan that everyone has been asking for."

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