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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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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Monday, December 10, 2018
Joe Kennedy and the Precarious Promise of "Moral Capitalism"
We are a nation that was founded in opposition to hereditary rule. The founders rejected the notion of a king and embraced the principle that there were to be no royal families who generation after generation governed on the assumption of divine right. In recent decades, we have made two notable...
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
The President Isn't Orange. He's Yellow.
Our president is a coward. This may not come as news to you. But as we cascade toward the latter half of his first and, God hope it, only term, Donald Trump’s craven fearfulness is worth a reminder simply because of its vast continuing implications for our country and the world. Of course, there’s...
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Thursday, November 22, 2018
On Being Thankful for William Goldman, RIP
I remember the first time I saw a movie that was written by William Goldman, the great screenwriter and author who died last Friday. It was the Thanksgiving weekend of my freshman year in college. My older brother, his fiancée and I were back home for the holiday and decided to go to the movies...
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
This Was No Voting Accident
Here in the West Village, in beautiful downtown Manhattan, Election Day morning was overcast, with an autumn chill and some mist in the air. It was early and I was surprised by the number of people waiting to vote – a line about as long as in 2016 – which was great but seemed a little odd because...
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Monday, November 05, 2018
Vote Against the Litany of Lies
Here’s my closing argument. If you haven’t already, here’s what you do on Tuesday, November 6: Vote. Vote. Vote. If you’re eligible to vote and don’t, I’ll arrange to have an earworm transmitted into your skull that plays nothing but Justin Bieber singing “What Do You Mean?” 24/7. Don’t make me go...
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