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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Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
An Ugly Picture as State-Level GOP Attempt to Strangle Dissent Nationwide
As we passed the one-year mark of the pandemic lockdown, the media was flooded with assorted lookbacks, memorials for the dead and even quizzes designed to remind people of what the country and the world were like before the coronavirus descended. One suggested that you look at the photos stored in...
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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) pauses while speaking during a press conference alongside House Republicans on Capitol Hill on October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC.  (Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The Loutish Lemmings of the GOP
Joe Biden is thinking about the complexities of racial and social justice in America, vaccinating the population against COVID-19, combatting domestic terrorism, rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, bringing back jobs and climate change. Donald Trump is thinking about money and revenge—and...
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Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org leading a 2018 panel discussion on the book "DRAWDOWN: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming", presented at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Environmental Author and Activist Bill McKibben Won't Stop Sounding the Alarm
A few years ago, I was invited to become involved in something called the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum in my hometown, Canandaigua, up in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The Forum’s named after the late George Ewing, for many years the editor and publisher of our local...
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Moderna, a U.S. biotech firm, announced on November 16, 2020 that its experimental vaccine against Covid-19 was almost 95% effective. (Photo illustration: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Forget about the Naysayers: Don’t Throw Away Your Shot
I’m a sucker for an old song, maybe with a twist: Would you like to swing on a star, carry moonbeams home in a jar – or would you rather get your dose of the COVID vaccine? If you’re familiar with that tune, “Swinging on a Star,” which back in the day won an Oscar for Best Original Song, you’re...
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An sculpture depicting U.S. former president Donald Trump is seen outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel during the Conservative Political Action Conference, in Orlando, Florida, United States on February 28, 2021. (Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui Trinkl/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 04, 2021
Same Old, Same Old from the Mouth That Roared
In his return to the public stage Sunday night, former guy Donald Trump announced that Joe Biden had just overseen “the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history.” Really? This may come as a shock to our ninth president, William Henry Harrison, who in 1841 contracted pneumonia...
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Icicles hang off the State Highway 195 sign on February 18, 2021 in Killeen, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather and power outages to Texas as storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, February 27, 2021
When Texas Froze Over, There Was Hell to Pay
I’ve been thinking a lot about water. And power. And Texas. You know from the news they’ve been grappling with a crisis there brought on by unexpectedly wicked winter weather. And made worse by an incompetent, ill-prepared Republican state government that, as LBJ used to say, couldn’t pour sand out...
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Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) delivers opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on February 9, 2021. (Photo: Washington Post/YouTube screen grab) Views
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
The Truth on Trial at Trump’s Second Impeachment
While watching Saturday’s events in the U.S. Senate and the gamut of public reaction to them, I thought about the disconnect that takes place between the reality of events and the way they’re perceived from the outside looking in, especially by the media. Back in the fall of 2007, I was elected...
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Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images) Views
Friday, February 05, 2021
Republicans Don’t Know Much About History. But That Won’t Stop Them
Years ago, when I was back in Washington for a couple of years, writing a series for public television, I lived for a while on Capitol Hill, a couple of blocks behind the Supreme Court. In the morning when I went to work, I would walk to a nearby Metro subway station, look at the Capitol dome and...
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Screenwriter Walter Bernstein (1919-2021) attends The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Presents "Spotlight On Screenwriting: Hollywood's Darkest Moment: An Evening With Blacklisted Screenwriter Walter Bernstein And A Special 40th Anniversary Screening Of The Front" on June 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences) Views
Monday, January 25, 2021
Walter Bernstein Survived the Hollywood Blacklist – And Lived to Be 101
When the brilliant songwriter George Gershwin passed away, the writer John O'Hara famously declared that Gershwin had died on July 11, 1937, "but I don't have to believe it if I don't want to." My friend and colleague Walter Bernstein died over the weekend and I don't have to believe it either. You...
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Nuclear weapon test Romeo on Bikini Atoll on March 27, 1954. The test was part of the Operation Castle and was the first nuclear test conducted on a barge. (Photo: Wikicommons) Views
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
GOP Tickles the Dragon's Tail
From The Archive: The following piece was first published by Common Dreams on 01/14/16 and is reprinted here today to mark the final day of President Donald Trump's disastrous four years in office. On May 21, 1946, less than a year after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki,...
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