Ari Berman

Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. He is the author of Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics,and has written extensively about American politics, foreign policy and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in the New York Times, Editor & Publisher and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and political commentator on MSNBC, C-Span and NPR.

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President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court supports new voter ID laws and other changes that have made it harder to vote. (Photo: Christopher Aluka Berry/Reuters) Views
Friday, July 13, 2018
Does Brett Kavanaugh Spell the End of Voting Rights?
In late 2011, the Obama administration blocked a South Carolina law that required voters to show a photo ID before casting their ballots, finding that it could disenfranchise tens of thousands of minority voters, who were more likely than whites to lack such IDs. But when South Carolina asked a...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017
The GOP Has Declared War on Democracy
M any in the media are portraying the Republicans’ move to invoke the nuclear option to confirm Neil Gorsuch as a mere squabble over Senate rules, the latest example of hyper-partisanship in Washington that both parties are equally responsible for. The “both sides do it” narrative is the worst kind...
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Neil Gorsuch Is Not Another Scalia. He’s the Next John Roberts.
W hen John Roberts was nominated as chief justice of the Supreme Court in 2005, Senator Ted Kennedy asked him: “You do agree, don’t you, Judge Roberts, that the right to vote is a fundamental constitutional right?” “It is preservative, I think, of all the other rights,” Roberts responded. “Without...
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Monday, December 19, 2016
North Carolina’s Legislative Coup Shows What Voter Suppression Will Look Like Under Trump
W hile the news last week focused on reports of Russian interference in US elections, Republicans in North Carolina were busy subverting democracy at home. What began as a special legislative session to help victims of Hurricane Matthew quickly turned into something very different when the GOP-...
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Saturday, February 06, 2016
Will You Have the Right to Vote in 2016?
As Iowa voters headed to their caucus sites Monday, 94-year-old Rosanell Eaton sat in the first row of a federal courtroom in Winston-Salem, N.C., to witness the closing arguments of a trial challenging North Carolina's new voter identification law. Eaton, who is African American and grew up in the...
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The Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Views
Thursday, April 03, 2014
The Supreme Court’s Ideology: More Money, Less Voting
In the past four years, under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court has made it far easier to buy an election and far harder to vote in one. First came the Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC , which brought us the Super PAC era . Then came the Court’s 2013...
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Separate and Unequal Voting in Arizona and Kansas
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March on Washington Views
Sunday, August 25, 2013
On the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, a New Civil Rights Movement Emerges
There were marquee names like Eric Holder and great speeches by civil rights icons like Congressman
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Friday, July 26, 2013
North Carolina Passes the Country's Worst Voter Suppression Law
I’ve been in Texas this week researching the history of the Voting Rights Act at the LBJ Library.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
IRS Fallout: The Real Scandal Is Secret Money Influencing US Elections
The IRS is under siege for investigating conservative political groups applying for tax-exempt status. But the real problem wasn’t that the IRS was too aggressive.
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