John Nichols

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 7:15am
A Supreme Court for Billionaires, Not Voters
In case there was any remaining confusion with regard to the precise political intentions of the US Supreme Court’s activist majority, things were clarified Monday. The same majority that has made it easier for corporations to buy elections (with the Citizens United v. FEC decision) and for...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:45pm
Meet ‘the Elizabeth Warren Wing of the Democratic Party’
Suppose an insurgent movement with a sharp critique of Wall Street and a determination to end the Democratic Party’s compromises on core economic issues was taking shape across the country. Suppose the candidates associated with this movement were winning tough primaries and developing the outlines...
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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 2:15pm
This Is a ‘Pivotal Moment’ for the Movement to Remove Big Money From Politics
The Senate will wrangle this week over whether to amend the Constitution to allow citizens and their representatives to organize elections where votes matter more than dollars. The amendment that is being considered is a consequential , if relatively constrained, proposal, which focuses on core...
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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 8:00am
Reconnecting With the Very American Ideal That Labor Rights Are Human Rights
Congressmen Keith Ellison and John Lewis have proposed legislation to protect union organizing as a civil right. “As go unions, so go middle-class jobs,” says Ellison , the Minnesota Democrat who serves as a Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair. “That’s why I’m proud to introduce the Employee...
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Friday, July 25, 2014 - 8:30am
Paul Ryan’s Faux Populism Isn’t Going to End Poverty or Reduce Inequality
Paul Ryan’s fellow Republicans are quick to dismiss Elizabeth Warren as too radical, too progressive, too populist. But Ryan is trying—a bit clumsily, but trying all the same—to borrow a page from the Massachusetts senator as he seeks to remake himself in anticipation of a potential 2016 run for...
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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 2:45pm
Senate Judiciary Committee Backs Amendment to Overturn ‘Citizens United’
Constitutional amendments are often proposed but rarely advanced to the stage of serious debate. What moves any meaningful amendment from mere paperwork to serious consideration is the popular will of the great mass of Americans. And the popular will of the great mass of Americans have been...
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Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin talking with reporters in this 2013 file photo. (Credit: flickr / cc / Gateway Technical College) Views
Friday, June 20, 2014 - 7:45am
Scott Walker: The Karl Rove, "Secret Email," "Criminal Scheme" Candidate
Scott Walker, an ardent Ronald Reagan fan from his youth, was never likely to follow Reagan's footsteps to the White House. The Wisconsin governor lacks his hero's way with words, skill for crossing lines of partisan and ideogical division (especially within the Republican Party), and confidence on...
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Tea Party-backed challenger Dave Brat, right, defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, left, in the 7th District Republican primary contest in Virginia. (Photos: AP) Views
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 7:45am
Eric Cantor Loses to a Conservative Who Rips Crony Capitalism
The DC-insider storyline about this being a great year for the Republican establishment might need to be rewritten. And the rewrite might even require pundits, Republican chieftains and Democrats who are trying to figure out the politics of 2014 to consider complexities they had not previously...
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Tim Carpenter, founder of the Progressive Democrats of America, died this week at the age of 55 after a long battle with cancer. (Credit: pdamerica.org) Views
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 6:30am
Tim Carpenter's Politics of Radical Inclusion: In the Streets and in the Polling Booth
Tim Carpenter never lost faith in the very real prospect of a very radical change for the better. And he never lost his organizer’s certainty that the tipping point that would make the change was just a few more phone calls, a few more rallies, a few more campaigns away. So he kept on organizing...
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Shenna Bellows, former head of the Maine Civil Liberties Union, is running to unseat Republican Senator Susan Collins. (AP Photo/Clarke Canfield) Views
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:45am
Could an Unknown Civil Libertarian Unseat Susan Collins?
The woman who could be the future of progressive politics in America is sitting at the back table of an Indian restaurant in Portland, Maine. It’s early evening, she’s got a list of names, and she’s wearing out her cellphone. US Senate candidate Shenna Bellows doesn’t do downtime. While she waits...
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