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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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Joe Biden Rally, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 2, 2022
What's at Stake in the Midterms? - Electoral Democracy as We Know It The November 8 mid-term elections could be the last in which the United States operates as a functional democracy.
48a.ProudBoys.USSC.WDC.6Januar y2021, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 13, 2022
Call Jan. 6 What It Was - An Explicit Attempt to Stage a Coup 'Kudos to Chairman Thompson for calling it a coup'.
Bernie Sanders, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 7, 2021
Bernie Sanders Is Fed Up With Republican Obstruction -- and Democratic Caution Bernie Sanders has become the highest-profile and most enthusiastic congressional champion of the argument that Senate Democrats must use their narrow majority to enact a transformational agenda.
Betsy DeVos, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 9, 2021
Betsy DeVos Takes Her Assault on Public Schools Back to the States The Wisconsin fight is the first statewide test of popular sentiment since Democrat Joe Biden replaced Republican Donald Trump as president, in a shift that moved DeVos out of the Department of Education.
Minimum wage demonstration., From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 2, 2021
$15 an Hour Is the Compromise For the first 40 years after President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938, the national minimum wage rose in step with productivity growth." Unfortunately, it did not continue.
Senate Vote, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 13, 2021
The Senate Has Failed America Forty-three Republicans voted against finding Trump guilty, preventing the Senate from achieving the two-thirds majority needed to hold the most dangerous and destructive president in the country's history to account for his seditious acts.
House impeaches Trump for second time - 1/13 (FULL LIVE STREAM) The House of Representatives is poised to impeach President Trump for a second time when it meets on Jan. 13 to consider an article charging him with ..., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 14, 2021
Trump's Congressional Co-Conspirators Are Just As Guilty as the President Congressional Republicans continue to embrace Donald Trump's lies and, for the most part, refuse to sanction him.
US Capitol's breach, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 11, 2021
Impeach Trump Immediately The president incited his supporters to invade the Capitol and disrupt the certification of the 2020 election. That is too high a crime to ignore.
David Perdue, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 4, 2020
Georgia Senator David Perdue Is Afraid to Debate His Record of Crooked Self-Dealing There won't be a debate between the Republican Senator David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. Perdue refused the invite from the Atlanta Press Club, as he has refused other debate invitations during the high-stakes runoff campaign.
Mitch McConnell, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Make McConnell Pay for Amy Coney Barrett Amy Coney Barrett has begun her tenure as an illegitimate justice on the Supreme Court, which has been diminished by the antidemocratic charade that saw Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell elevate a right-wing judicial activist in a mad rush to avoid electoral accountability.
Larry Kudlow, assistant to the president for economic policy, spoke on the second night of the Republican National Convention., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 26, 2020
The Republican Convention Is a Political Ponzi Scheme Trump and the Republicans have staked their political futures on a big lie that they're banking on voters not to check.
Wisconsin's rightwing US Senator Ron Johnson, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 23, 2020
Ron Johnson's Ready to Wreck the Postal Service Everyone in America is angry about the dismantling of the Postal Service by Donald Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Except, of course, for Ron Johnson.
Pence responds to Kamala Harris being chosen as Joe Biden's Vice President, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Kamala Harris Will Shred Mike Pence in the Vice Presidential Debate Vice President Mike Pence just got some very bad news. He's going to lose the vice presidential debate this fall, and that loss is going to do serious damage to the already diminished 2020 election prospects of the Republican Party.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 10, 2020
Republicans Lose Their Collective Mind Over Ilhan Omar's Call to Dismantle "Systems of Oppression" Representative Ilhan Omar was not elected to represent the status quo. The Minnesota Democrat speaks for her constituents, and for a future in which they might know economic, social, and racial justice. That horrifies conservatives.
Angry President Trump attacks  Twitter, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 29, 2020
Trump's Social Media Executive Order Shows Just How Low He'll Go to Win To get the votes he needs, Trump has to be able to convince a wider portion of the electorate that factual reports of his wrongdoing and incompetence are part of a media conspiracy to dislodge him from the White House.
Extra voting machines brought in as voters across Texas face long lines, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 18, 2020
Democracy Dies in Dysfunction This president thrives on chaos and fear, and the Covid-19 pandemic has created plenty of both. The virus that led 16 states to postpone primaries this spring could resurface in time to disrupt the November elections.
US economy loses 20.5 million jobs in April, raising unemployment rate to 14.7%, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 10, 2020
"Mass Unemployment Is a Policy Choice" The U.S. unemployment rate jumped to 14.7 percent in April, the highest level since the Great Depression, as most businesses shut down or severely curtailed operations to fight the deadly coronavirus. The unemployment rate doesn't reflect the millions still working who have had their hours slashed or their pay cut.
Wisconsin Voters wait in long lines, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 20, 2020
The Next Voter Suppression Democrats need to channel the anger of Wisconsinites forced to choose between voting and safety into a clear warning that Trump and his allies will stop at nothing in their deadly pursuit of power.
Bernie Sanders rally, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 10, 2020
Bernie Sanders Changed Our Politics Progressives did not get a President Sanders. But, as he suggested six years ago, they have changed the dynamic of politics for years and years to come.
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 28, 2020
This Is What an Opposition Party Is Supposed to Sound Like Republicans are using the coronavirus outbreak as an excuse to do the same thing they did during the financial meltdown of 2008: wage class war against working Americans. This time, Bernie Sanders is refusing to let them get away with it.

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