John Nichols

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Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 3:45pm
 Since When Are Democrats Afraid of Debates?
T he Democratic National Committee needs to adapt to the new politics of 2016. Instead of constraining debate, as it has so far, the DNC should change course and encourage an open and freewheeling discourse. This is not just the right choice; it’s the politically practical thing to do. Like it or...
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 8:00am
Senate Blocks Attack on Planned Parenthood, But the Political Assault Continues
T he first Republican presidential debate is officially on August 6 in Cleveland. But the contenders for the party’s nomination were already scrambling on Monday to outflank one another as the party’s most ardent foe of reproductive rights. In advance of a Senate vote on a proposal to defund...
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Monday, July 6, 2015 - 12:30pm
Bernie Sanders Speaks
When Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told The Nation last year that he was “prepared to run for president,” he said he would do so only if it was clear that progressives were enthusiastic about a movement campaign seeking nothing less than “a political revolution.” It was an audacious proposal—but...
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Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 9:30am
Green Jill Stein Is Fighting for Open Debates and Real Democracy
Dr. Jill Stein has some great ideas about how to create “deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit.” If the 2012 Green Party presidential nominee and contender for the party’s 2016...
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 9:30am
"I'm Really Rich": Donald Trump’s Absurdly Appropriate Candidacy
Were it left to me, I’d probably retire the “ clown car ” analogy for the crowded 2016 Republican presidential contest. Like the “ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ” line employed by those who sought to dismiss Hillary Clinton and the other contenders for the 2008 Democratic nomination, I think it...
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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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