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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President Donald Trump stops to speak to reporters as he prepared to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on January 19, 2019. Views
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Who's in Charge Here?
A number of years ago, I wrote a documentary about John Gardner, the remarkable public servant who served as President Lyndon Johnson's secretary of health, education and welfare. He later founded the citizen's group Common Cause and was, by the way, a liberal Republican, if you can remember a time...
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Looks like we’re going to have to rely on ourselves to get out of this disaster. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Trump's Brand Is Chaos
Back in 1992, while running for re-election, President George H.W. Bush was speaking at a New Hampshire town hall and accidentally read aloud some stage directions handed to him by his staff: “Message: I care.” But Donald Trump, your message is that you don’t care, do you? All cognizant Americans,...
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Ann Toback, CEO of the Workers Circle, speaks at the Women's March rally in New York City on January 18, 2020. (Photo: The Workers Circle) Views
Monday, February 24, 2020
The Workers Circle Fights Injustice with Activism—and Joy
If you’re not Jewish or not involved with organized labor, there’s a good chance you may never have heard of the Workmen’s Circle—recently renamed the Workers Circle , a gender-neutral nod to the hardworking activism of its members, Jewish men and women, young and old. It’s worth getting to know...
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The German American Bund’s 1939 rally in support of Nazism at Madison Square Garden, New York, was foretold by Lewis’s 1935 novel, It Can't happen Here. Views
Sunday, February 16, 2020
It's Happening Here...
Sitting here next to my computer right now are two, small paperbound books. One of them is On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century , by Yale University historian Timothy Snyder. The other is the screenplay from the movie Jojo Rabbit , written and directed by Taika Waititi and based on...
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Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Donald Trump's State of the Mighty Me
As Dear Leader wound up his State of the Union, and Nancy Pelosi tore its pages in quarters as she stood behind him, I had the same reaction that many colleagues out in the Twitter universe had. We all instantly recalled George W. Bush’s words at the end of Donald Trump’s inaugural address in 2017...
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PBS news anchor Jim Lehrer (1934-2020) poses for a portrait in his studio in Arlington, Virginia, on Thursday, May 12, 2011. Lehrer, the veteran and celebrated journalist and news anchor, died last month. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Monday, February 03, 2020
At a Church and on Capitol Hill, The Battle for Democracy
On Friday, I was in Washington, DC. No, not to witness the final throes of the Senate’s impeachment trial of Donald Trump, but to be at the memorial service for a former colleague, newsman Jim Lehrer. Created with his friend and fellow journalist Robert MacNeil, what’s now the PBS NewsHour began...
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In this screenshot taken from a Senate Television webcast, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) speaks during impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol on January 23, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Senate Television via Getty Images) Views
Monday, January 27, 2020
Thank You, Adam Schiff
On October 16, 1939, Hollywood director Frank Capra premiered Mr. Smith Goes to Washington before an audience of US senators and House members, Supreme Court justices, journalists and assorted other DC dignitaries. It was an all-star event, sponsored by the National Press Club and held at...
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A member of the audience takes pictures of the Democratic presidential hopefuls during the seventh Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register at the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa on January 14, 2020. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
The Imperative of Pulling Together to Beat the Trump Who Would Be King
Hey, Sanders, hey, Warren, hey, Biden and the rest of you. Listen, I know from party divisiveness. As a very (very!) young man, I worked on the campaign staff of Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern. There now will be a slight pause as you imitate explosions and other sound effects...
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in the Oval Office on May 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump took questions on trade with China, Iran and other topics. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
A Brutal Trump Makes Culture War on Iran—and Everyone Else
There’s an old joke about how Richard Nixon was the kind of politician who’d cut down an endangered giant redwood, then climb on the stump and make a speech about conservation. Fast forward to 2020 and Donald Trump, who with every breath plunges Nixonian hypocrisy to heretofore unimagined depths: “...
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Sunday, January 05, 2020
Drum Major Trump Marches Us Into the Folly of War
I know nothing of war. Unfortunately, neither does Donald Trump and he’s the crazy man in charge. The fact that Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani , leader of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, was a menace to Middle East stability and America’s presence there is without doubt...
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