John Nichols

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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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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 1:15pm
Oregon’s Radical Innovation: Make Democracy Easy
Here is a novel notion: Why not make democracy easy? Why not take the trouble out of registering to vote—and out of voting? It can be done. Other countries, where voter turnout is dramatically higher than in the United States, craft their laws to encourage voting. Unfortunately, politics gets in...
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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 4:45pm
Robert Reich Says Elizabeth Warren Should Challenge Hillary Clinton
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich says Hillary Clinton should face "a tough primary challenger" and he knows who he would like to see mount a run against the presumed Democratic frontrunner. "I wish that challenger would be Elizabeth Warren," Reich explained Friday , in a short statement that...
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Friday, February 13, 2015 - 12:00pm
David Carr Was Our Guide Through a ‘Dead-Bang Ugly’ Media Moment
We could not afford to lose David Carr. And yet, we have. After an particularly unsettling week for the jumble of journalism, entertainment, folly and possibility that we now call “media,” we are now without the one ink-stained—or is it now “digit-damaged”—wretch who seemed to be capable of making...
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 8:00am
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s War on Workers
Bruce Rauner’s campaign for governor of Illinois hit a rough spot when it was revealed that he was talking about lowering the minimum wage. That’s right, lowering . At a December, 2013, Republican campaign forum, the wealthy candidate declared , “I will advocate moving the Illinois minimum wage...
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 7:15am
If Elections Matter for Greece, Why Not America?
Elections are supposed to have consequences. When countries establish electoral processes that are sufficiently free and functional to ascertain the clear will of the people—and when those votes are cast and counted in an election that draws a solid majority of eligible voters to the polls—that...
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