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John Nichols is The Nation's Washington correspondent.
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.
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.
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.
Senator John Mellencamp? Grassroots Movement Swells for Rocker to Run for Bayh's Indiana Seat
Posted on: Feb 17, 2010, Source: The Nation
He's got the home-state credibility and a history of political engagement that rival any of the Democratic contenders for the spot.
Did We Just Witness the Beginning of Sarah Palin's Presidential Campaign?
Posted on: Feb 8, 2010, Source: TheNation.com
Palin is now moving front and center as a potential challenger to Obama. That may scare Republicans who worry about their party's prospects in 2012.
Progressive Leader Donna Edwards Is Out in Front to Stop Corporate Dominance of Elections
Posted on: Feb 3, 2010, Source: TheNation.com
Rep. Edwards: "The Supreme Court has left us with no choice but to change the Constitution and make sure that people own our government and our elections."
State of the Union: Why Is Obama Still Clinging to Bipartisanship?
Posted on: Jan 27, 2010, Source: TheNation.com
Obama restated 2008 campaign promises that were not kept during his first year as president. It's unclear how he can make good on them in 2010 working with Republicans.
Bernanke Is a Drag on the Economy and on Democrats
Posted on: Jan 27, 2010, Source: The Nation
Ben Bernanke missed an $8 trillion housing bubble and is still fighting against sensible bank regulations. Time for him to go.
Will the Citizens United Ruling Give Unions As Much Political Power As Corporations? Don't Bet On It.
Posted on: Jan 25, 2010, Source: TheNation.com
"A union leader who supports the <i>Citizens United</i> ruling is like a steer who talks up a steak restaurant because they're both in the same business."
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