John Nichols

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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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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 9:00am
Why Grassroots Democrats Don’t Have a Problem With Democratic Socialism
“Do I think Bernie Sanders should talk about democratic socialism? Yes, I do,” says Iowan Mary Clark. “I want him to explain everything in detail—give people a really good explanation. People who like Bernie are probably going to like him a little more if he does that. And people who aren’t...
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 2:15pm
If Ohio Bans Gerrymandering Today, There Could be Hope for American Democracy
Am erican democracy is in sorry shape—battered on all sides by big money, restrictions on voting and vapid media that trivialize rather than enlighten. But Robert M. La Follette and the progressive reformers who a century ago established direct primaries, initiatives, and referendums; an elected US...
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Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 1:15pm
Paul Ryan (R-Wall Street)
Paul Ryan began his tenure as the 54th speaker of the House with a well-received speech that placed a great deal of emphasis on the role of the chamber as a representative body. “We are the body closest to the people,” the congressman told his colleagues after being elected to replace outgoing...
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 8:15am
Bernie Sanders Is Actually Quite Serious About This ‘Political Revolution’ Thing
Des Moines — When William Lloyd Garrison launched his crusading abolitionist newspaper The Liberator in 1831—at a time when Congress refused even to debate the issue of slavery, and three long decades before America would finally confront the sin of human bondage—he acknowledged that his call for...
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 12:45pm
 The Presidential Debate Question No One Is Asking: ‘Are You a Capitalist?’
Bernie Sanders is comfortable with the term “socialist.” “Do they think I’m afraid of the word ‘socialist’?” he said in a conversation with The Nation earlier this year. “I’m not afraid of the word.” Since he was elected 34 years ago as the independent socialist mayor of Burlington, Vermont, he has...
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 4:00pm
TPP Prioritizes ‘Rights’ of Corporations Over Workers, the Environment and Democracy
T he way to begin any discussion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is with a simple question: Where does this sweeping global trade deal rest power—with the people and their elected representatives in the United States and eleven other Pacific-rim countries, or with the multinational corporations...
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 12:45pm
An Intimidated Scott Walker 'Leads' by Leaving the Race
Scott Walker ran a bizarrely off-key campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. So it made sense that he would end that campaign with a tone-deaf attempt to portray his decision to quit the competition as an act of political heroism. “Today, I believe I am being called to lead by helping...
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 7:00am
Bernie Sanders Lays Down 2016’s New Electoral Math
D emocratic candidates for president flew to the Twin Cities last week to make their pitches to members of the Democratic National Committee. They did not come to debate—a missed opportunity highlighted by Martin O’Malley in a fiery speech decrying the DNC’s constricted debate schedule—but to sell...
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