John Nichols

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Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 9:15am
Tim Kaine Has a Troubling Record on Labor Issues
T he Democratic Party platform that delegates are expected to approve at next week’s convention in Philadelphia absolutely endorses labor rights—spelling out clear support for union organizing and collective bargaining and pushing back against state-based and national attacks on the ability of...
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Friday, July 22, 2016 - 7:45am
If Trump’s Speech Sounded Familiar, That’s Because Nixon Gave It First
Cleveland — Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president on a Thursday night in the long hot summer of 2016 with a speech that signaled his determination to exploit fears of violence as part of crusade to seize the White House from the Democrats. Promising a fierce campaign on...
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 10:45am
Donald Trump Will Lead a Theocratic Party Into the Election
Cleveland — Before the Republican National Convention approved what right-wing delegates described as “the most conservative platform in modern history” on Monday, platform-committee co-chair Virginia Foxx announced that the document was “a reaffirmation of the principles America and the Republican...
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Monday, July 4, 2016 - 1:45pm
Just in Time for the July 4 Break, Congress Imposes ‘Colonialism at Its Worst’ on Puerto Rico
S hortly after the distribution of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine began writing the series of “American Crisis” essays that inspired Americans to maintain their arduous rebellion against colonialism. “We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth...
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Monday, June 27, 2016 - 12:15pm
What the Democrats Must Learn About Free Trade Deals From Brexit
P lenty of Americans are unsettled about Britain’s vote to exit the European Union. And a lot of what unsettles them is Donald Trump’s claim that the Brexit vote sets the stage for a similar reaction against elite political and economic arrangements in the United States. Trump’s a blowhard, and an...
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 10:45am
 The Republican Party Just Crashed and Burned in California
Fifty years ago, California was a reasonably Republican state—with a Republican named Reagan on his way to being elected governor, two Republican senators representing the state in Washington, and the pieces in place to back the GOP nominees in the next six presidential elections. Republicans did...
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Friday, May 27, 2016 - 3:45pm
Sanders Has Always Wanted to Debate Trump—or Any Other Representative of the ‘Billionaire Class’
B ernie Sanders relishes ripping on Donald Trump, describing the billionaire as “someone who must never become president of this country.” No surprise there. Sanders has run his entire 2016 presidential campaign in opposition to plutocracy, oligarchy, and billionaire-dominated politics—proudly...
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:30pm
 Father Daniel Berrigan Sought to ‘Build a World Uncursed by War, Starvation, and Exploitation’
F ather Daniel Berrigan , who has died at age 94, was a beautiful man with a beautiful vision that he made real by engaging in radical acts of conscience that sought not merely to end wars but to achieve the justice that has always been essential to peacemaking. Born on the Minnesota Iron Range...
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 1:30pm
Bernie Sanders Adds to His Momentum With a Big Wisconsin Win
T here are two kinds of math in the Democratic presidential race: delegate math and momentum math. Backers of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton prefer the delegate math, for obvious reasons. She has a solid lead in pledged delegates and, when superdelegates are added in, her advantage...
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Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 12:45pm
Resolution for 2016: More Debate!
The last Democratic presidential debate of 2015 was held on the Saturday night before Christmas. Viewership was roughly one-quarter that of the first Republican debate and dramatically lower than all the Republican debates. In other words, the Democrats lost the competition for viewers — and for...
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