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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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
An "Exciting But Dangerous Moment" for Medicare for All
Dr. Adam Gaffney is the brand new president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), the national, Medicare for All advocacy group of medical professionals and others committed to single-payer—universal healthcare “provided equitably as a public service rather than bought and sold as a...
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Sunday, February 17, 2019
Trump Is Our One-Man National Emergency
The fact that his predecessor was a smart, witty and popular black man makes Donald Trump crazy. Especially the black part. Remember the stories about his alleged fury in 2011 when Barack Obama so effectively zinged Trump as he sat fuming from his table at the White House Correspondents Association...
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“Where would the country be without this great land of ours?” the phony candidate intoned, a line I now discover was later appropriated by Robin Williams as part of his Ronald Reagan impersonation. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP/REX/Shutterstock)  Views
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
The State of the Union in Six Words: Donald Trump Is Full of It
Watching Donald Trump’s State of the Union Tuesday night I kept flashing back on the routine I saw a talk show host perform years ago at the Kennedy Center in Washington– God help me, I think it was David Frost – in which he imitated a politician giving a speech that was one endless, meaningless...
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Friday, February 01, 2019
Trump Is the Only Real Anchor Baby in America
Donald Trump is the real anchor baby in America – childish yet so outsized and unwieldy that he doesn’t hold the ship of state upright and in position like a good anchor should but causes it to sink like a stone. Watching him over the last week or so, listening to the anti-immigration rant he...
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Trump Puts the White in the Red, White and Blue
WASHINGTON, DC—As the old saying goes, putting a shoe in an oven don’t make it a biscuit. When he went on the air late Saturday afternoon to offer what he viewed as a magnificent compromise to end the government shutdown, Donald Trump was just trying to sell his same old nativist, anti-immigration...
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Friday, January 18, 2019
Another Day, Another Disaster. And Another, And Another...
I’ve been trying to write something about the events of the past few days for the last week and a half, and every time I set out to achieve editorial brilliance, or at least try to keep typos and the splitting of infinitives to a minimum, something else wacky happens and it’s back to square one. I’...
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
About Last Night...
I come to you more from sorrow than from anger, President Trump seemed to be trying to say when he addressed the nation Tuesday night. But he was lying, of course, and the effect was more like that of the Big Bad Wolf dressing up in grandma’s nightgown than a person truly concerned with the fate of...
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Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Something That Doesn’t Love a Wall. A President Who Does.
In 1961, the poet Robert Frost was asked to recite one of his works at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. At the ceremony, as Frost tried to read the poem he had written for the occasion, “Dedication,” the sun was so bright and the text on the page so faint that it was difficult to see...
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Friday, December 21, 2018
In One Wretched Day, All You Need to Know About Donald J. Trump
As the hero croons in that classic old musical Brigadoon , what a day this has been, what a rare mood I’m in. But that guy was singing that his mood was almost like being in love. On Thursday night, the mood I was in was almost like being in complete frustration and despair, reeling at the feckless...
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This is just one of the more ridiculous, shameless ways in which former officials abuse their past position. (Photo: Talk Radio News Service) Views
Friday, December 14, 2018
Where There's Smoke, There's Boehner
There was a time when, once they left the job, a former cabinet head or member of Congress would find employment back home casting their seeds of knowledge and experience in the local groves of academe. Or return to naps on the cracked leather sofa at his or her old law firm in South Bend or Twin...
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