Stories by John Nichols

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Posted on: Jul 1, 2005, Source: The Nation

With Sandra Day O'Connor's exit, the court will move in one of two directions -- not right or left, but backward or forward.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2005, Source: The Nation

At a time when the federal government is dominated by right-wing Republicans, and when liberal state governments are rare, cities are electing a new generation of progressives.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2005, Source: The Nation

Judging from the lackluster showing against the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, it seems that most Democrats – who are supposed to take civil liberties more seriously than the Republicans – believe that censorship is what America is all about.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2005, Source: The Nation

Unlike past DNC chairs, Howard Dean won't have to scream for attention. He is in a position to make his party more newsworthy and potentially more dangerous than it has been in decades.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2005, Source: The Nation

Barbara Boxer's impassioned critique of Condoleezza Rice marks the senator as a progressive hero.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2005, Source: The Nation

Bush's inaugural address provided plenty of lofty rhetoric. Now we await the less-than-lofty deeds that are sure to follow.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2005, Source: The Nation

The brief debate over certification of the Ohio results cannot be the end of the process. Democrats and Republicans need to continue to feel the heat if election reform is to be a reality.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2004, Source: The Nation

A progressive and a damn fine reporter, Jack Newfield put the lie the argument that a good reporter must have no strong political beliefs.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2004, Source: The Nation

Challenging the pro-free trade, pro-corporate agribusiness policies of Secretary of Agriculture nominee Mike Johanns is the best place for Democrats to start connecting with rural voters.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2004, Source: The Nation

The United Church of Christ wants to spread a message of respect and inclusion for all. But the mainstream media won't let them. Watch the ad that the networks found too "controversial" to air.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2004, Source: The Nation

Condoleezza Rice claimed she could not appear before the 9/11 Commission because it would break precedents set by past national security advisers. But she had no qualms about breaking precedents to advance Bush's campaign.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2004, Source: The Nation

Whether the vice president wants to admit it or not, the skepticism about this administration's Iraq imbroglio is not just a Democratic indulgence – and John Edwards made sure to point that out in the debate.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2004, Source: The Nation

In their search for a "scoop," CBS played right into the hands of the Bush spin machine. The result: the American public may never know the plain undisputed facts about their president.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2004, Source: The Nation

Almost a dozen AIDS activists infiltrated the Republican convention while White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card was speaking.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2004, Source: The Nation

It's not that often that a film achieves the level of awareness that leads a politician to attack its maker in a primetime convention speech.

Posted on: Aug 30, 2004, Source: The Nation

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a tepid version of the New York Republicans of old.

Posted on: Aug 16, 2004, Source: The Nation

The Democratic candidate on his inner news junkie, media consolidation, and convention coverage.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2004, Source: The Nation

The networks' decision to give three hours of coverage to the conventions means that the public misses great speeches – Exhibit A: Barack Obama.

Posted on: Jul 27, 2004, Source: The Nation

John Kerry's stand on the death penalty – that there shouldn't be one – is now the Democratic Party's platform.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2004, Source: The Nation

The platform that delegates to the Democratic convention are expected to approve is a tepid document largely defined by Kerry's fear of being identified as a liberal.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2004, Source: The Nation

John Edwards, who aggressively campaigned for the vice presidency, brings some charisma and star power to the Kerry campaign.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2004, Source: The Nation

A court ruling slams the Bush Administration for rewriting regulations to favor media corporations. The FCC must protect – not undermine – the public interest, the court says.

Posted on: May 19, 2004, Source: The Nation

Some bishops want to deny Kerry the Eucharist for supporting abortion rights. What about Bush and his support of the death penalty and an unjust war?

Posted on: Apr 15, 2004, Source: The Nation

As the radical right pursues the ideological cleansing of Congress, get ready to say goodbye to the most endangered species in American politics -- the moderate Republican.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2004, Source: The Nation

Condi Rice won't make time to testify in front of the 9/11 commission, but she's never too busy to brief Fox executives.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2004, Source: The Nation

Kucinich's solid second-place finish in Hawaii was one of the strongest showings in any primary or caucus for a candidate stressing an anti-war message.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2004, Source: The Nation

Members of Congress are taking aim at the network for its refusal to air a MoveOn ad during the Super Bowl.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2004, Source: The Nation

The contest for the Democratic nomination isn't a marathon, it's a 50-state relay race. Candidates, on your mark.

Posted on: Jan 4, 2004, Source: The Nation

While other Democratic candidates may be raising more money, the Ohio Congressman's candidacy is inspiring some of the finest campaign concerts in this election.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2003, Source: The Nation

Anyone with doubts about the objectivity of the U.S. media need only look at the coverage of Bush's trip to Baghdad in the foreign press.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2003, Source: The Nation

The Commerce Committee has endorsed a legislative package that reverses the worst of the rule changes made by the FCC in June.

Posted on: Jun 15, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Members of Congress are working to reverse the damage done by the recent FCC ruling that opened the floodgates to media consolidation.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2003, Source: The Nation

While the Republican-led commission voted as expected, hope for media reform is not yet dead. A popular grassroots campaign can still force Congress to undo the damage.

Posted on: May 15, 2003, Source: The Nation

Federal Communications Commission chair Michael Powell is pushing ahead with a June 2 vote to gut longstanding rules designed to prevent the growth of media monopolies.

Posted on: May 11, 2003, Source: The Nation

Many Americans tuned into the British news outlets for war coverage because they no longer trust the U.S. press.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2003, Source: The Nation

Senate Democrats hold firm against GOP attempts to break filibuster on controversial judicial nominee Miguel Estrada.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2003, Source: The Nation

The Feds are beginning to reassert the all-but-forgotten principle that decisions about media ownership should take into account the public interest.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2003, Source: The Nation

Senate Democrats are standing up to Bush's choice of an inexperienced right-wing lawyer for a federal judgeship nomination.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2003, Source: The Nation

Fearing antiwar sentiments, the First Lady cancels a White House symposium on the poetry of Whitman, Dickinson and Langston Hughes.

Posted on: Dec 29, 2002, Source: The Nation

The pharmaceutical contamination of 250,000 bushels of soybeans by ProdiGene is the public's big chance to push for regulation of this dangerously laissez-faire industry.

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