John Nichols

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Wisconsin Democrats Chose Public Health and Democracy, Republicans Chose Chaos
On Monday afternoon, just hours before polls were to open for the Wisconsin presidential primary and state and local elections, Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order suspending in-person voting for the April 7 spring election. It was an unprecedented act. But these are unprecedented times, and...
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If a president can get away with obstructing an inquiry, he can avoid accountability. If that prospect exists for a president, any president, then the system of checks and balances collapses. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Ukraine? Yes. But Trump Must Also Be Impeached for Obstruction
When the House Judiciary Committee was preparing to vote on articles of impeachment against a sitting president in the summer of 1974, a former justice of the peace from Watertown set the stage when he declared, "President Nixon's conduct in office is a case history of the abuse of presidential...
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Trump lost the national popular vote by 2.9 million ballots. (Photo: Donald Trump/cc/flickr) Views
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Impeachment Affirms the Will of the People
Fifty-four members of the U.S. House of Representatives have recognized their constitutional duty to support an impeachment inquiry into evidence of wrongdoing on the part of President Trump. Congressman Mark Pocan, D-town of Vermont, has been among the outspoken of their number, declaring that "...
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President Donald Trump leads a roundtable discussion on border security with local leaders Friday in the Cabinet Room of the White House. (PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MARTIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS)  Views
Friday, January 18, 2019
Donald Trump Has Never Cared About Workers, and Never Will
The biggest lie ever told in American politics is the claim that Donald Trump cares about working people. He never has. He never will. As a bankruptcy-prone business mogul, Trump always financed his lavish lifestyle at the expense of the workers and contractors he screwed over. Now he is doing the...
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"This may be our first opportunity to see Congress function properly." (Andy Manis/AP) Views
Wednesday, January 02, 2019
Mark Pocan on Democrats Taking Charge and Holding Trump to Account
Mark Pocan enters the 116th Congress as one of the most outspoken, engaged and powerful progressives in the United States. The town of Vermont Democrat will co-chair the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the largest values-based group of House Democrats. With co-Chair Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.,...
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The president’s many year-end meltdowns, as well as revelations regarding his past wrongdoing, have turned the conversation toward precisely the accountability issues that Moore has been raising. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/Flickr/cc) Views
Monday, December 31, 2018
Impeachment Will Be on the Table in 2019
Congresswoman Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, has for more than a year argued that President Trump needs to be impeached. Initially, Moore’s was something of a voice in the wilderness, as most top Democrats persisted in arguing that the constitutional response to a lawless presidency was “off the table.”...
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she’s “just the canary in the coal mine.” Views
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
‘I Want Us to Be That Party Again’
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she is “just the canary in the coal mine.” The twenty-eight-year-old activist and educator from the Bronx became a national phenomenon after she defeated Congressman Joe Crowley, the fourth-highest ranking House Democrat, in a June 26 New York primary. Pundits and...
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Ayanna Pressley secured her upset victory with a 59-41 landslide. She was one of dozens of insurgents who prevailed in Democratic primaries during the course of the first nine months of 2018. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 01, 2018
Evolution or Death
President Donald Trump keeps signaling his determination to remake the Republican Party in the image of Steve Bannon and his circle of wild-eyed racists and xenophobes. Because the media in the United States tend to focus on personality clashes and electoral strategies rather than ideologies and...
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Brett Kavanaugh claimed he did not know that documents given to him regarding judicial candidates had been stolen, but attorney Lisa Graves said that claim is implausible. Graves, who now lives in Dane County, was a Democratic staffer and wrote some of the notes regarding judicial candidates that were stolen by Republicans from 2001 to 2003. She wrote that Kavanaugh lied under oath — an impeachable offense. (Photo: Associated Press) Views
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh Should Be Impeached for Lying to Senate
Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the dean of the Senate and the senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gave “untruthful testimony, under oath and on the record,” to the committee. Kavanaugh’s lies came in response to questions from Leahy and...
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Impeachment was never meant to be about crimes and punishments. It was intended at the founding of the American experiment, and should be so understood today, as a remedy for the monarchical tendencies of men. (Photo: Antenna/Getty Images) Views
Friday, August 24, 2018
What to Do When a President Believes He’s Above Justice
My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total. And I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction, of the Constitution.” —Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Statement on the Articles of Impeachment (July 25, 1974)...
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