John Nichols

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 3:15pm
‘Don’t Underestimate Me’: Bernie Sanders Knows a Thing or Two About Winning
BURLINGTON, Vermont — For the first century after the founding of the Grand Old Party in 1854, Republicans dominated the politics of the state of Vermont like no other. For more than 100 years, Vermont Republicans won every major race for every statewide office. Republican presidential candidates...
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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 2:15pm
No Debate Equals No Democracy: The Folly of Fast Track
The decision on whether to surrender the authority of the US Congress to amend and potentially improve trade agreements goes to the very heart of whether the United States respects democracy . If members of the House and Senate cannot check and balance executive branch choices that will define the...
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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 1:15pm
How Defunding Derails Our Infrastructure
House Speaker John Boehner blew a gasket when a reporter asked him whether the Republicans’ refusal to adequately fund Amtrak might have played a role in the May 12 derailment of a Northeast Corridor train that killed eight people and injured more than 200. “Are you really gonna ask such a stupid...
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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 2:30pm
Congress Has to Get Serious About Railroads and Infrastructure
America’s “high-speed” rail lines are slow compared with those of the countries with which the United States chooses to compare itself. The schedules are unsteady . And, as the horrific crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia Tuesday night illustrated, safety concerns are on the rise . The Federal...
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 6:45am
Bernie Sanders Readies a ‘Which Side Are You On?’ Presidential Bid
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told The Nation more than a year ago that he was “prepared to run for president of the United States.” But he said he had to determine whether grassroots activists were ready to back an insurgent progressive-populist candidacy. And he had to sort out the question of...
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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 3:15pm
If Clinton is Serious About Economic Populism, She Should Come Out Against Fast Track
Hillary Clinton has backed NAFTA-style “free-trade” agreements and she has opposed NAFTA-style “free-trade” agreements. Like other prominent Democrats, she has been inconsistent in her support of what is best for workers, the environment and human rights. But Clinton has a chance to get trade...
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Monday, April 13, 2015 - 8:00am
Hillary Clinton’s Soft Populism Is Not Enough
As she struggled to keep her 2008 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination alive, Hillary Clinton took a turn toward economic populism. It helped; after a series of setbacks in early caucus and primary states, Clinton’s abandonment of frontrunner caution and embrace of “I'm in this race...
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 1:30pm
Right to Vote Must Be Enshrined in Our Constitution
On April 9, 1865, barely three months after his promotion to serve as general-in-chief of Confederate forces serving in the Civil War, Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and the Union Army of the Potomac at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. Five days later, President...
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 2:00pm
Rand Paul, R–Stunning Hypocrisy
Dick Cheney does not approve of Rand Paul, which is certainly a strong recommendation. But not strong enough. The senator from Kentucky’s occasionally expressed doubts about the national security state and wars of whim and folly may offend the delicate sensibilities of the former vice president,...
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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 1:30pm
Danny Schechter Was Our News Dissector
It is impossible to fully explain media criticism – and media understanding – as it exists today without recognizing the remarkable contribution of Danny Schechter . Two years before Ben Bagdikian took apart the fantasy that American media was liberal, with The Elite Conspiracy and Other Crimes by...
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