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John Nichols is The Nation's Washington correspondent.
A Cruel, Irresponsible and Dysfunctional Budget Deal
Posted on: Dec 12, 2013, Source: The Nation
Forcing others to lurch from crisis to crisis so that you can tell yourself you have taken “a step in the right direction” is socially and economically dysfunctional.
For Obama, a Bigger Win Than for Kennedy, Nixon, Carter or Bush
Posted on: Nov 8, 2012, Source: The Nation
Barack Obama was re-elected president with an ease that allowed him to claim what even his supporters dared not imagine.
"An Extreme Choice" -- What Two of Wisconsin's Leading Progressive Journalists Think About Mitt Romney's Pick of Paul Ryan
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012, Source: Democracy Now!
"He’s to the right of both President Bushes. I think he’s to the right of Dick Cheney," says Matthew Rothschild of the Progressive Magazine.
Gore Vidal's Unfinished American Revolution
Posted on: Aug 2, 2012, Source: TheNation.com
The recently deceased author loved America in the way the best of the founders did.
Bernie Sanders, Nurses: We Still Need 'Medicare for All'
Posted on: Jun 29, 2012, Source: The Nation
The healthcare ruling doesn't mean the fight is over to fix our broken health-care system.
Framed: How Redefining Direct Democracy as Anti-Democratic Won Wisconsin
Posted on: Jun 14, 2012, Source: The Nation
Walker's $35 million campaign began with a multimillion-dollar ad buy that described recalls as "sour grapes" -- a message that came to define the election.
Wisconsin Democrats Wrong to Avoid Campaigning on Labor Issues in Walker Recall
Posted on: May 24, 2012, Source: Madison Capital Times
Walker knows that a recall election in a closely divided state is about maximizing appeal to the base, not softening messages and avoiding issues. Why don't Dems?
On Primary's Eve, Wisconsin Turns Against Republican Gov. Scott Walker
Posted on: May 7, 2012, Source: Madison Capital Times
One of Wisconsin's most seasoned reporters drives into GOP strongholds and finds little support for the embattled governor.
How Scott Walker Turned the GOP Against Workers
Posted on: Jan 16, 2012, Source: The Nation
As Wisconsinites turn in petitions to recall Scott Walker, the nation's attention will turn to to see if the unpopular GOP governor can be unseated.
5 Reasons Newt Gingrich Will Be Nothing But a Footnote in History
Posted on: Dec 26, 2011, Source: The Nation
There really was a week there when Gingrich was the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. But that’s all over now. Here's why.
Scott Walker's Top Anti-Worker Aide Target of FBI Raid; Corruption in Walker's Administration?
Posted on: Sep 21, 2011, Source: The Nation
A secret probe into political wrongdoing has swept up the point person on the Wisconsin governor's anti-union efforts; will it reach the governor himself?
Joe Biden Picks a Side, Stands With Labor in Ohio's Fight Against Right-Wing Attacks
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011, Source: The Nation
“We’ve been through a lot of fights, but this is a different kind of fight," explained Biden. “This is a fight literally for our right to exist.”
If Job Numbers Don't Improve Obama Can Kiss the 2012 Election Goodbye
Posted on: Jul 8, 2011, Source: The Nation
The notion that a Democratic president can win reelection with an unemployment rate that is edging upward and talk of cutting Social Security is beyond unrealistic.
AFL-CIO's Trumka Calls for Labor Movement Separate from Parties: 'I've Had a Snootful of This Shit!'
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011, Source: The Nation
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sent his strongest signal yet about the labor movement’s frustration with the dysfunctional politics of the moment.
Wisconsin's Walker Heads to DC to Take Lead in Fight to Privatize Education
Posted on: May 9, 2011, Source: TheNation.com
Wisconsin’s union-busting governor has emerged the hero of the right-wing groups that are proposing extreme measures in the battle to privatize public education.
Paul Ryan's "Spinal Tap" Tour Packs the Halls, But The Crowds Aren't Cheering
Posted on: Apr 28, 2011, Source: The Nation
Wisconsin Recount: This Is What Democracy Looks Like
Posted on: Apr 21, 2011, Source: TheNation.com
How Socialists Built America
Posted on: Apr 20, 2011, Source: The Nation
Again and again at critical junctures in our national journey, socialist thinkers, organizers, candidates, and officials have prodded government in a progressive direction.
Libya: Obama Tries to Explain an Undeclared War
Posted on: Mar 29, 2011, Source: The Nation
Presidents are not supposed to start wars, especially wars that are offensive rather than defensive in nature.
Pro-Worker Movement Gains Power in Wisconsin, But What's Next?
Posted on: Mar 11, 2011, Source: The Nation
There is a lot of talk about where to take this energy, and a lot of options—all with credible arguments and all with support from serious players.
The Only Constitutional Crisis in Wisconsin Is the One Created by Walker's Administration
Posted on: Mar 8, 2011, Source: The Nation
'This Is What Democracy Looks Like' in Wisconsin, as Largest Crowd Yet Opposes Union Busting
Posted on: Feb 21, 2011, Source: The Nation
SOTU: Obama Makes a Muscular Defense of Social Security, But Aligns with Wall St. on Exporting Our Jobs
Posted on: Jan 25, 2011, Source: TheNation.com
The president outlined more stimulus spending but also sent mixed signals about defending Medicare and Medicaid.
Is Michele Bachmann Moving in to Take Sarah Palin's Place?
Posted on: Jan 23, 2011, Source: The Nation
Michele Bachmann could be a dramatically and powerful force on the Republican right -- ultimately, perhaps, even more powerful than Sarah Palin.
When Public Employees Were Under Attack, MLK Stood With the Workers
Posted on: Jan 17, 2011, Source: The Nation
White House Targets 'Insider Threats' Among Federal Workers
Posted on: Jan 6, 2011, Source: The Nation
Hard-Right GOP Senators Throw Kiddie Tantrums on Christmas, Forgetting Our Founders' Heroics During the Holidays
Posted on: Dec 24, 2010, Source: The Nation
Ruin a Republicans' Holiday shopping schedule, and bizarrely you'll be told must be a very poor Christian indeed.
Obama's Not Just Compromising, He's Capitulating to Republicans on Tax Breaks
Posted on: Dec 7, 2010, Source: The Nation
Democrats can step back and allow tax rates to reset to late 1990s levels. Or they can let the government grind to a standstill as Republicans fight to help billionaires.
New WikiLeaks Release Threatens to Expose Washington's Secret Dealings With Allied and Rogue Nations
Posted on: Nov 28, 2010, Source: The Nation
This WikiLeak might just make it harder for officials in Washington to "sell" hardline responses, covert actions and military interventions.
Chalmers Johnson, Visionary Scholar on Empire and Decline of America Passes Away
Posted on: Nov 22, 2010, Source: The Nation
With one word, "blowback," Chalmers Johnson explained the folly of empire in the modern age.
Nancy Pelosi Has Kept Leadership Post -- She Must Use Bully Pulpit to Frame Dems' Agenda
Posted on: Nov 17, 2010, Source: The Nation
Who Won the Olbermann Wrangle? Bold Progressives
Posted on: Nov 8, 2010, Source: The Nation
In Wake of Citizens United Ruling, Democratic Rep Considers Impeaching Chief Justice John Roberts
Posted on: Oct 25, 2010, Source: The Nation
Roberts, an ardent judicial activist, manipulated deliberations in Citizens United v. FEC in order to effectively eliminate limits on corporate campaign spending.
Russ Feingold, the Senate's True Maverick in the Political Fight of His Life
Posted on: Sep 24, 2010, Source: The Nation
If Feingold keeps his seat in a tough election in Wisconsin, it will signal that people power can still beat money power.
California Sets the Date for Marriage Equality: August 18
Posted on: Aug 13, 2010, Source: The Nation
The promise of marriage equality just got a whole lot more real for same-sex couples in California.
The Postal Service Is Essential to Democracy -- It Should Be Re-Imagined, Not Shrunk
Posted on: May 14, 2010, Source: The Nation
Just as it did in Ben Franklin's day, the post office can still deliver for America in the twenty-first century.
Rep. Obey Retires: Progressive Congressman, a Committee Chair, Calls It a Day
Posted on: May 5, 2010, Source: The Nation
"There's got to be more to life than explaining Senate procedures to angry constituents or begging Blue Dogs to do what they ought to do by rote," Obey said.
Guardian of the Constitution, Stevens to Leave Supreme Court This Summer
Posted on: Apr 9, 2010, Source: TheNation.com
A bold and unapologetic protector of the Constitution will step down, making way for Obama to appoint his second Supreme Court justice.
Health Reform Foes Scream N-Word at Civil Rights Icon
Posted on: Mar 21, 2010, Source: The Nation
The man who led civil rights activists across the Edmund Pettis Bridge 45 years ago is greeted on Capitol Hill by Tea Party protesters with shouts of the N-word.
The President's Health Care Plan: No Public Option, Lots of Compromise
Posted on: Feb 22, 2010, Source: The Nation
What really matters now is keeping up the pressure for improvements as the long debate over health-care reform enters the next stage.
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