John Nichols

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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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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 2:15pm
Steve Scalise’s Problem Is the Republican Party’s Problem
David Duke is vouching for House majority whip Steve Scalise, the Louisiana conservative who is now the third-most-powerful Republican in the US House. As Scalise faces tough questions and criticism following the revelation that he was a presenter at a gathering of the former Klan leader’s European...
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 2:00pm
In This ‘Gut Check’ Moment, It’s Time to Reject Cheneyism
The Senate Intelligence Committee had to release the details on its multi-year investigation into how, under George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, the Central Intelligence Agency employed tactics that the world understands as torture. To hide the findings of what the 500-plus page summary of the report...
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Friday, December 5, 2014 - 1:15pm
Bernie Sanders’ Bold Economic Agenda Seeks to Transform Politics
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will “make a decision within the first few months of 2015” on whether to bid for the presidency of the United States. It is not certain that he will run. And, if the independent senator from Vermont does decide to run, he says he has yet to determine precisely how he...
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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 3:15pm
A 2014 Mandate: An Amendment to Remove Big Money From Politics
The 2014 midterm vote was the most expensive non-presidential election cycle in American history, just as the 2012 vote was the most expensive presidential election cycle. We are stuck in the political equivalent of the movie Groundhog Day. In the absence of constitutional reform that renews the...
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