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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Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley doing his damnedest to make any hearing confrontation between Kavanaugh and his accuser—if it happens—as limited and belittling to her as possible.(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Friday, September 21, 2018
The Grumpy Old Men of the Senate: Time for This Movie to Fade to Black
Call me a sentimental fool (pipe down out there) but I keep waiting for the big Frank Capra moment that rationally, I know may never come – you know, like the climax of Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington when the corrupt, patrician senator played by Claude Rains, finally undone by the truth told...
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Monday, September 17, 2018
The "No IDC NY" State of Mind
Part of my awkward youth was spent in service of the New York State Democratic Party, an act of true hubris if you grew up, as I did, in rural upstate, where it was easier being a Menshevik than a Democrat. So solidly Republican was my small hometown back then that when the local Democratic...
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Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Where Do We Get Such Men?
Back in 2004, I was involved in giving John McCain an award for his stand against media consolidation. There were several times after that when something outrageous he said or voted for or against made me regret I’d ever been involved! But say what you will about him—and so much has been said and...
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Mayhem Is Our President Views
Thursday, August 02, 2018
Mayhem Is Our President
I know that some find it odious to compare Donald Trump to Adolph Hitler, that doing so violates what’s known as Godwin’s Law. That’s the idea first put forward in 1990 by author Mike Godwin that morphed into the notion that in an argument, whoever first compares someone or something to Hitler,...
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Thursday, July 12, 2018
I Yearn for a Society in Which Civility Rules, But These Are Not Civil Times
A number of years ago, at the height of the whole Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky insanity, a certain someone figuring prominently in the right’s exploitation of the scandal occasionally lunched with friends of theirs at a restaurant where I hung out on a near daily basis. To those of us who were...
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Friday, June 22, 2018
Trump’s Mean Boy Nation
Our “I alone can fix it” president has gotten us in another fix, all right. Of course, whenever he screws up big time, Mister I Alone starts blaming everyone but Mister I Alone. He had admitted as much the other day when he was in Singapore for his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and...
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"The sum total of Trump’s trade policy, such as it is, ranks as so ill-informed, fickle and inchoate that the only result can be recrimination and chaos." (Photo: Jonny White/cc/flickr) Views
Thursday, June 07, 2018
When It Comes to The Economy, Trump Keeps Two Sets of Books
The May jobs numbers were good last week – so swell, in fact, that our putative president couldn’t resist hinting about them in an early morning tweet Friday morning, a major breach of confidentiality and protocol that instantly affected Treasury yields – basically, the interest rate at which the...
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"Donald Trump and his administration are the Wal-Mart of corruption." (Photo: @HCSOTexas/Twitter) Views
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Point The Trigger Finger at Everyone Else
Friday afternoon, I was walking across my West Village neighborhood running some errands. Here and there my path crossed with college students in graduation gowns from NYU, Columbia and The New School. t’s that time of year, and as I watched the graduates and their proud, happy friends and families...
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Monday, May 07, 2018
Rudy G and Bubble Boy Trump: Call It Implausible Deniability
Think of two bubbles. One is the alternative universe presented by Fox News in which darkness reigns and every single word or action taken against the right wing and its president is perceived as an attack or smear that’s inherently part of a titanic conspiracy aimed at wrecking your life. I have...
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Monday, April 16, 2018
Mob Rule at the White House
I blame Tony Soprano. As entertaining and compelling as the “The Sopranos” was back in the day—and I certainly count myself among its fans—by so successfully humanizing a thug and his henchmen in organized crime, I can’t help but wonder if the TV series, and other shows and movies like it, may have...
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