John Nichols

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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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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:30pm
Obama Should Not Accept ‘Lame Duck’ Status
The Republicans have claimed the US Senate, extended their majority in the US House and secured more than their share of victories in state and local races. Now, every effort will be made by the many critics of Barack Obama to employ the results of the 2014 midterm elections in the work of writing...
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 7:15am
Will the States Send a Signal About Austerity?
If Republicans win the Senate Tuesday, then politics will be following pattern. Presidents who are elected by big margins initially and then reelected comfortably tend to have a lousy time of it in their sixth years. Ronald Reagan won big in 1980 and won bigger in 1984. He had the Senate with him...
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Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 1:15pm
This Year’s Nobel Peace Prize Winners Are Radicals—and That’s a Good Thing
It has been suggested that the recipients of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize are “ safe choices ” because they advocate for the rights of children and for the fair and respectful treatment of girls and women. Fair enough. Advocacy for an end to child labor, for universal education, for strong trade...
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 7:15am
A Supreme Court for Billionaires, Not Voters
In case there was any remaining confusion with regard to the precise political intentions of the US Supreme Court’s activist majority, things were clarified Monday. The same majority that has made it easier for corporations to buy elections (with the Citizens United v. FEC decision) and for...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:45pm
Meet ‘the Elizabeth Warren Wing of the Democratic Party’
Suppose an insurgent movement with a sharp critique of Wall Street and a determination to end the Democratic Party’s compromises on core economic issues was taking shape across the country. Suppose the candidates associated with this movement were winning tough primaries and developing the outlines...
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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 2:15pm
This Is a ‘Pivotal Moment’ for the Movement to Remove Big Money From Politics
The Senate will wrangle this week over whether to amend the Constitution to allow citizens and their representatives to organize elections where votes matter more than dollars. The amendment that is being considered is a consequential , if relatively constrained, proposal, which focuses on core...
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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 8:00am
Reconnecting With the Very American Ideal That Labor Rights Are Human Rights
Congressmen Keith Ellison and John Lewis have proposed legislation to protect union organizing as a civil right. “As go unions, so go middle-class jobs,” says Ellison , the Minnesota Democrat who serves as a Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair. “That’s why I’m proud to introduce the Employee...
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Friday, July 25, 2014 - 8:30am
Paul Ryan’s Faux Populism Isn’t Going to End Poverty or Reduce Inequality
Paul Ryan’s fellow Republicans are quick to dismiss Elizabeth Warren as too radical, too progressive, too populist. But Ryan is trying—a bit clumsily, but trying all the same—to borrow a page from the Massachusetts senator as he seeks to remake himself in anticipation of a potential 2016 run for...
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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 2:45pm
Senate Judiciary Committee Backs Amendment to Overturn ‘Citizens United’
Constitutional amendments are often proposed but rarely advanced to the stage of serious debate. What moves any meaningful amendment from mere paperwork to serious consideration is the popular will of the great mass of Americans. And the popular will of the great mass of Americans have been...
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