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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"Despite all his boasting about beefing up our defense, his brags that America is stronger than ever, Donald Trump has placed our national security in peril," writes Winship. "With our own government in chaos and a shambolic delusional president systematically destroying our relations with longtime friends in the world, we have completely abandoned our role as a leader among nations and in many ways, left ourselves defenseless." (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Friday, July 10, 2020
Trump's Bull Destroys the China Shop–And Our Role in the World
Useful ways to pass the quarantine time: Since April, in response to the pandemic, I've been involved with a series of Zoom webinars examining a number of issues through the lens of COVID-19. So far, we've covered everything from mental health and addiction and recovery to the search for a vaccine...
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Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Covid-19 and the Masque of the Red States
I’ve bored family and friends with this story for years. Now it’s your turn. A long time ago, I was living in a New York apartment across from a park which, along with its bocce and handball courts, featured a well-worn, dusty baseball field. One spring, the city decided to re-sod it. They brought...
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President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing the White House on June 20, 2020 for a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
President Trump Ain't Just Dog Whistling Dixie
More than a century ago, the American poet James Russell Lowell asked, “And what is so rare as a day in June?” How about a week in June like the one we just had, filled, as they used to say on an old TV show , “with the events that alter and illuminate our times?” Last week began with two Supreme...
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A member of the far-right militia, Boogaloo Bois, walks next to protestors demonstrating outside Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Metro Division 2 just outside of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 29, 2020. (Photo: Logan Cyrus / AFP) (Photo by LOGAN CYRUS/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
In the Face of Powerful Protests, Parts of Middle America Enter the Twilight Zone
There’s a famous episode from the very first season of the legendary “Twilight Zone” TV series. Its title: “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.” The tale unfolds in a small town. A mysterious blast of light and sound comes from overhead and suddenly the power goes off. At first the residents of...
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Ronald Scott, a central neighborhood resident for more than 10 years, takes a photo of the memorial mural over flowers and banners laid in the memory of George Floyd outside of Cup Foods on May 29, 2020. (Photo: Steel Brooks/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Views
Thursday, June 11, 2020
What George Floyd’s Dying Breaths Tell Our Fractured Nation
For writers like me, one of the soundest pieces of advice over the last week came from columnist and film historian Mark Harris, who tweeted on Saturday , “I am calling on all my white colleagues to join me in a 24-hour moratorium on personal essays about our feelings.” This prompted many to ask,...
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People protest over George Floyd's death in front of The White House on Saturday on May 30 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
No Justice, No Peace, No Leader at the Top
As I write this from lower Manhattan, helicopters hover overhead as they have for the last several nights, media and police watching from above to see where peaceful protesters are marching and gathering, while looking for possible arson or other vandalism initiated by the few whose anger or...
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Then Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a mask of himself which he picked up from supporter during a rally in the Robarts Arena of the Sarasota Fairgrounds on November 7, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo illustration: Common Dreams/ Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
COVID-19 and the Unmasking of Donald Trump
I keep fantasizing about a moment in Washington like the one at the end of The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy accidentally throws water on the Wicked Witch of the West. The witch melts and suddenly the evil spell she’s cast on all her creepy guardsmen and flying monkeys is broken. They snap out of it...
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President Donald Trump hands out pens to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (L) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (C) after signing the CARES act, a $2 trillion rescue package to provide economic relief amid the coronavirus outbreak, at the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2020. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Never Have So Few Done So Much to Destroy America
In this Age of COVID, there was a time long, long ago—about six weeks past!—when Donald Trump began referring to himself as “a wartime president." He isn’t saying it much anymore. Maybe because his naptime was being haunted by the derisive ghostly laughter of Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson,...
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President Donald Trump appears at a rally on the eve before the South Carolina primary on February 28, 2020 in North Charleston, South Carolina. The Trump administration is coming under increased criticism from democrats for not doing enough to prepare America for the Coronavirus. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Mission Imperative: Come November, Trump Must Go
There must be one mission above all, one goal supreme: Vote this monster out of the White House. And along with him, tow to the nearest dump the clown car of malefactors who gave him license to cripple our republic. Donald Trump’s defeat and the defeat of those in Congress who have enabled him with...
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Mary Ann Vecchio kneels over the body of the student Jeffrey Miller, who was killed by Ohio National Guard troops during an antiwar demonstration at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. (Photo: John Paul Filo/Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.) Views
Monday, May 04, 2020
Fifty Years Later, the Gunfire at Kent State Still Echoes Through America
There are certain events in the life of the nation we revisit whenever there’s a significant anniversary. The assassination of President Kennedy, 9/11, the moon landing, even Woodstock—these are iconic milestones we think are worthy of remembrance and reflection—especially because so many of us...
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