Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi is Rolling Stone’s chief political reporter. His predecessors include the likes of journalistic giants Hunter S. Thompson and P.J. O'Rourke. Taibbi's 2004 campaign journal Spanking the Donkey cemented his status as an incisive, irreverent, zero-bullshit reporter. His books include Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History, The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion, Smells Like Dead Elephants: Dispatches from a Rotting Empire.

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 John Hickenlooper Second 2020 Democratic Party Presidential Debate, Day 1, Detroit, USA - 30 Jul 2019 (Photo: Matt Baron/Shutterstock) Views
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
John Hickenlooper Is the New Joe Lieberman
The tweet seems harmless enough, on the surface. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s account slapped its logo atop a John Hickenlooper for Colorado ad and gave the presidential dropout a big thumbs up. Hickenlooper, the DSCC wrote, “is running against Cory Gardner—the most vulnerable...
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Sanders and Biden debate in Miami (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Bernie Sanders’ Chances Depend on Taking Support from Biden, and Soon
Top campaign staffers for Bernie Sanders held a press call Monday, and the message was positive. The senator, they said, is doing well and won the last debate . And polls show, they added, that the country cares about his favored issues, particularly health care. But that’s not always, his staff...
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The strength of Warren’s campaign is a series of detailed policy proposals aimed at correcting a series of corrupting inequities in American life. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Friday, June 14, 2019
Elizabeth Warren’s Rise Is a Plus for Issue Politics—And a Bad Sign for Billionaires
Back in 2009, I called for Elizabeth Warren to run for president . I may have been the first media figure to do so. This was early in the Obama presidency, when he was beginning to renege on some of his progressive campaign promises ( closing Gitmo , drug re-importation , etc.), but more...
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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Three Colliding Problems Leading to a New Economic Disaster
The soaring stock market has been the crux of Donald Trump’s argument for the competence of his reign. It might be his favorite tweet subject, outside the “Failing New York Times.” Trump on Aug. 18: “Longest bull run in the history of the stock market, congratulations America!” Aug. 24: “Our...
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Sunday, October 14, 2018
Trump Is Just One Player in a Much, Much Larger Tax Story
When New York Times reporters David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner published their exhaustive, gazillion-word expose on the Trump family tax practices last week, there was only one word for it. “Tax bombshell,” blared Yahoo! By my count, this was roughly the 4,790th “bombshell” of the...
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Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, September 16, 2008. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)  Views
Friday, September 14, 2018
Ten Years After the Crash, We’ve Learned Nothing
Ten years ago, on Saturday, September 13th, 2008, the world was about to end. The New York Federal Reserve was a zoo. Imagine NASA headquarters on the day a giant asteroid careens into the atmosphere. That was the New York Fed: all hands on deck, peak human panic . The crowd included future...
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New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon shake hands at Hofstra University in Hempstead on Wednesday, Aug. 29th, 2018 ahead of their the Democratic gubernatorial primary debate. (J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday/AP) Views
Friday, August 31, 2018
The Cuomo-Nixon Debate Was a Preview of Democrat-DSA Battles to Come
The debate was nasty even before it started. Actress-turned-politician Cynthia Nixon wanted the temperature in the debate hall at Hofstra University to be 76 degrees , apparently because Governor Andrew Cuomo “ likes a cold room.” She also asked for a debate format that involved the two candidates...
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"Now, at a moment of crisis and high political tension, the public seems unable to grasp the gravity of allowing the government or anyone else to use that power." (Valentin Wolf/imageBROKER/REX Shutterstock, Ilana Panich-Linsman/The New York Times/Redux)  Views
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Beware the Slippery Slope of Facebook Censorship
You may have seen a story this week detailing how Facebook shut down a series of accounts. As noted by Politico , Facebook claimed these accounts “sought to inflame social and political tensions in the United States, and said their activity was similar — and in some cases connected — to that of...
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Sunday, July 08, 2018
Why Killing Dodd-Frank Could Lead to the Next Crash
In the age of Trump, bipartisanship is considered a sin. So one would think that when Republicans and Democrats do pass a law together, it’d be for something so popular, it couldn’t be questioned politically: a nonbinding resolution on the cuteness of puppies, maybe, or a national ice cream...
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"Is it the $175 million it paid in a settlement following accusations that the bank systematically overcharged black and Hispanic homeowners in mortgage services?" (Photo: People's Action) Views
Friday, June 08, 2018
An Ode to The Feeble Corporate Apology
Three of America's biggest companies – Facebook , Wells Fargo and Uber – have been offering up vague apologies via television commercials in recent weeks. If you watch the Cavs-Dubs game tonight, you'll probably catch one or all of them. Have a bucket handy. All three entities are apologizing for...
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