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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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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We must resist and cannot afford to yield.(Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
In Trump World, Fiction Is Just as Strange as Truth
As the New Year begins, on the advice of various and sundry, to avoid the constant din of Donald Trump and his wrecking crew, I’ve been trying to read a novel from time to time—just to take a break from the maddening reality of life in these not-so-United States. Alas, I have to report that even...
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Two naughty men. Views
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Trump and McConnell Are Getting Nothin’ for Christmas
Strange times. College friends are engaged in a protracted email skirmish over Debbie Dingell . A trial lawyer I know tells me that rude courtroom behavior among her colleagues is on the upswing, a phenomenon she blames on Trump. And random thoughts dance in my cold-addled head instead of the...
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Pamela Karlan speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on December 4, 2019. Views
Sunday, December 08, 2019
The Women Who Will Save Us All
At Wednesday’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, both committee members and the panel of constitutional scholars repeatedly invoked the names of the nation’s Founding Fathers, who, for all their faults and flaws, were in large part educated people. Unlike some of the committee members,...
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Sunday, November 24, 2019
Donald Trump and His Insane Clown Posse
Chaos is a pit, the all-knowing eunuch Lord Varys warns in Game of Thrones , “a gaping pit waiting to swallow us all.” The conniving Peter Baelish, known as Littlefinger, disagrees: “Chaos isn't a pit,” he replies. Too few realize, he says, that, “Chaos is a ladder… Only the ladder is real. The...
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Republican counsel Steve Castor listens to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during a hearing with witness U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. In the second impeachment hearing held by the committee, House Democrats continue to build a case against U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to link U.S. military aid for Ukraine to the nation’s investigation of his political rivals. (P Views
Saturday, November 16, 2019
The Disdain for Ukraine Is Mainly in Trump's Brain
Watching the first two days of the House impeachment inquiry's public hearings, what struck me once again is the utter contempt Donald Trump has for other sovereign nations and fellow heads of state. We’ve seen the evidence of it many times before—"shithole countries," disdain for NATO, the UN and...
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"Public TV touts itself as an independent voice – prove it. Take the big step. If you're serious, as you have said, about offering coverage on as many platforms as possible, then make one of those platforms the regular PBS broadcast stations that our nation knows and even loves." Views
Saturday, November 09, 2019
Our Point Remains: PBS Should Broadcast Impeachment Hearings in Primetime
Okay, let’s be clear. The ad we took in this past Friday’s edition of The New York Times and an accompanying essay asked that PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, do the right thing for the American people, the people PBS was created to serve. Abandon your usual main schedule when the House...
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