Stories by John Nichols

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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.

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.

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.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2012, Source:

The recently deceased author loved America in the way the best of the founders did.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.”

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.

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.

Posted on: May 9, 2011, Source:

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.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2011, Source:

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.

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.

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.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2011, Source:

The president outlined more stimulus spending but also sent mixed signals about defending Medicare and Medicaid.

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.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2011, Source: The Nation

Posted on: Jan 6, 2011, Source: The Nation

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.

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.

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.

Posted on: Nov 22, 2010, Source: The Nation

With one word, "blowback," Chalmers Johnson explained the folly of empire in the modern age.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2010, Source: The Nation

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2010, Source:

A bold and unapologetic protector of the Constitution will step down, making way for Obama to appoint his second Supreme Court justice.

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.

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.