John Nichols

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 2:00pm
 The Working Families Party Gives an Eyes-Wide-Open Endorsement to Hillary Clinton
T he critical decision for the Working Families Party during the 2016 presidential election cycle was to endorse Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination. As a progressive political organization that works to move the politics of the Democratic Party and the nation to the left,...
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 8:30am
Paul Ryan Won His Primary, But He’s Still the GOP’s Fading Star
Pa ul Ryan used to be the star of the closest thing the Grand Old Party had to a boy band: The Young Guns. With fellow congressmen Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy, Ryan adopted that moniker back when the “Party of Lincoln” was remaking itself as the “Party of No.” The trio penned a book by the title...
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Monday, August 8, 2016 - 2:30pm
Grassroots Democrats Are Making the TPP a Big Issue in Congressional Races
T rade policy in general—and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in particular—has become a vital concern for Democrats up and down the ballot. Just ask Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind, one of the few congressional Democrats who continues to make arguments for agreements such as the TPP. Kind ,...
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Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 9:15am
Tim Kaine Has a Troubling Record on Labor Issues
T he Democratic Party platform that delegates are expected to approve at next week’s convention in Philadelphia absolutely endorses labor rights—spelling out clear support for union organizing and collective bargaining and pushing back against state-based and national attacks on the ability of...
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Friday, July 22, 2016 - 7:45am
If Trump’s Speech Sounded Familiar, That’s Because Nixon Gave It First
Cleveland — Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president on a Thursday night in the long hot summer of 2016 with a speech that signaled his determination to exploit fears of violence as part of crusade to seize the White House from the Democrats. Promising a fierce campaign on...
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 10:45am
Donald Trump Will Lead a Theocratic Party Into the Election
Cleveland — Before the Republican National Convention approved what right-wing delegates described as “the most conservative platform in modern history” on Monday, platform-committee co-chair Virginia Foxx announced that the document was “a reaffirmation of the principles America and the Republican...
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Monday, July 4, 2016 - 1:45pm
Just in Time for the July 4 Break, Congress Imposes ‘Colonialism at Its Worst’ on Puerto Rico
S hortly after the distribution of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine began writing the series of “American Crisis” essays that inspired Americans to maintain their arduous rebellion against colonialism. “We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth...
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Monday, June 27, 2016 - 12:15pm
What the Democrats Must Learn About Free Trade Deals From Brexit
P lenty of Americans are unsettled about Britain’s vote to exit the European Union. And a lot of what unsettles them is Donald Trump’s claim that the Brexit vote sets the stage for a similar reaction against elite political and economic arrangements in the United States. Trump’s a blowhard, and an...
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 10:45am
 The Republican Party Just Crashed and Burned in California
Fifty years ago, California was a reasonably Republican state—with a Republican named Reagan on his way to being elected governor, two Republican senators representing the state in Washington, and the pieces in place to back the GOP nominees in the next six presidential elections. Republicans did...
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Friday, May 27, 2016 - 3:45pm
Sanders Has Always Wanted to Debate Trump—or Any Other Representative of the ‘Billionaire Class’
B ernie Sanders relishes ripping on Donald Trump, describing the billionaire as “someone who must never become president of this country.” No surprise there. Sanders has run his entire 2016 presidential campaign in opposition to plutocracy, oligarchy, and billionaire-dominated politics—proudly...
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