Michael Winship

Michael Winship

Michael Winship is the Schumann Senior Writing Fellow for Common Dreams. Previously, he was the Emmy Award-winning senior writer for Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com, a past senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos, and former president of the Writers Guild of America East. Follow him on Twitter: @MichaelWinship

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Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) raise their hands during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Democratic Debate's Top Ten in Texas
Well, as CNN’s Jake Tapper told Stephen Colbert Thursday night after the Democratic presidential debate, one thing’s for certain: Beto O’Rourke isn’t leaving the race to run for the US Senate from Texas. Not after what he said about guns. “Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” he...
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Monday, September 09, 2019
Is Labor Coming Back to Life?
This past Saturday was the annual Labor Day Parade in New York City. They don’t have it on the actual holiday anymore – too many people are more interested in a long, late summer weekend in the mountains or at the beach. And yet the parade itself is a grand celebration of unions, even if in recent...
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Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Please Shut Up, Mr. President, and Read Some Books
Amidst a roiling hurricane and another fusillade of Texas gunshots, like many, I was struck by a statement in the new memoir, Call Sign Chaos , written by former Trump Defense Secretary James Mattis with former Reagan Assistant Defense Secretary Bing West. Both men began their careers of public...
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David Reinert holds up a large "Q" sign while waiting in line to see President Donald J. Trump at his rally on August 2, 2018 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. "Q" represents QAnon, a conspiracy theory group that has been seen at recent rallies. (Photo: Rick Loomis/Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 26, 2019
Trump’s Entire Worldview Is a Nut Job Conspiracy Theory
Once upon a time, when I first was writing for newspapers and magazines, because I was the junior guy in the rotation, one of my many beats was the conspiracy theorists—in those days, mostly small, cult-like groups with some truly bizarre ideas. One Thanksgiving weekend, I was assigned to cover a...
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Couple Sleeping on Car at Woodstock, 1969. (Photo: Bettmann / Getty) Views
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Fifty Years After Woodstock, We Are Caught in the Devil’s Bargain
The 16 th century theologian John Calvin remarked that if you went to every cathedral in Europe and took away all the pieces of the true cross of Christ they claimed to possess, you'd have enough wood to fill a ship. Similarly, if you took all the people who claim they were at Woodstock fifty years...
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Protesters hold a rally against gun violence outside of New York Public Library in response to recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Denton, Ohio on August 4, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 05, 2019
Please, I'd Like to Stop Writing about Innocents Killed by Guns
I’m sitting here typing away at the dining room table in the home of friends a few miles along the road from Newtown, Connecticut. In a span of just thirteen hours, there have been mass killings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Many more are wounded. Lone, young white gunmen have murdered more...
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The feigned gladiatorial confrontations CNN hyped in its promotion and then attempted to foment during the actual event serve no one. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Friday, August 02, 2019
Debating Democrats, Please, No Fighting in the War Room
I’m not one of those people who insists that every kid on the T-ball team receive a group participation trophy, sweet as that may be. But equally, my teeth grind when I see a flurry of post-debate articles headlined, “Winners and Losers.” They reduce this most important presidential campaign of our...
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Fifty years after the moon landing, Michael Winship reflects on five decades of American life. Views
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Everyone's Gone to the Moon…
The world has been marking the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing. I've also been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 astronauts getting safely back to Earth. After all, it's one thing to get all the way up there; it's another to return in one piece. When they splashed...
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Robert Mueller is sworn in before testifying to the House Judiciary Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Mueller at the Congressional Ramparts
At the end of Wednesday’s marathon appearances by special counsel Robert Mueller, I looked over at the American flag that flies across the street from my apartment building. It looked more bedraggled than usual, as if it had just endured one of those cringe-inducing Donald Trump flag hugs and now...
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U.S. President Donald Trump boards Marine One for departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC., on Friday, July 19, 2019. (Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 22, 2019
Trump, Go Back Where You Came From
Every presidential election year, Frontline , the superb investigative TV series on PBS, produces an in-depth look at the Democratic and Republican candidates. It’s called “The Choice,” and invariably offers some insights that likely you won’t see anywhere else. When I first watched the 2016...
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