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 J. Trump arrives to golf at Trump National Golf Club on Saturday, November 14, 2020 in Sterling, VA. (Photo: Al Drago for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, November 19, 2020
The Petty Revenge of a Soon-to-Be-Ex-President
In Mary L. Trump’s book about her family, Too Much and Never Enough , there’s a moment referred to in the index as the “mashed potatoes incident.” Apparently, young Donald was a major pill almost from birth, undisciplined, rude and nasty to his siblings and his mother. One night at dinner, he was,...
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Monday, November 09, 2020
Hoorays for the Biden/Harris Victory, But the Battle's Far From Over
Late Saturday morning and they had just called it. I was sitting here writing with the TV muted and my back to the windows when I started hearing some yelling on the street. I didn’t know what it was, then looked up at the television and saw the news. Outside, fist pumping and cheers, people...
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says "one day" as he arrives to board his campaign plane at New Castle Airport on November 02, 2020 in New Castle, Delaware. One day before the election, Biden is campaigning in Ohio and Pennsylvania, a key battleground state that President Donald Trump won narrowly in 2016. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 02, 2020
Vote as If Your Life Depends on It. Because It Does.
November 3 rd is upon us. At the risk of overstating the obvious, if you haven’t already done so, and in the name of all that’s good and fair, please exercise your right to vote. It’s more crucial than ever. Truly. I come by this attitude honestly. Somewhere around here I have a photocopy of an old...
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President Donald Trump talks to members of the media outside of the White House on October 27, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, October 31, 2020
A Few Days Away From Nov. 3, Another Week of Trumpian Havoc
Hard to believe. Coming into the final stretch, remarkably it seems that—in some of their TV ads at least—the Trump campaign's closing argument is: Oh c'mon, he's not so bad. If you know anyone who has yet to vote, or who hasn't a plan to do so over the next few days, please gently nudge them in...
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University on October 22, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the last debate between the two candidates before the November 3 election. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Friday, October 23, 2020
That Final Debate Was a Parade of Presidential Prevarication
I live in a ghost town – at least Donald Trump seems to think so. It’s “a ghost town!” he exclaimed more than once at Thursday night’s second and last debate with Joe Biden. “Take a look at New York and what’s happened to my wonderful city. For so many years, I loved it. It was vibrant. It’s dying...
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Dr. Scott Atlas, member of the White House Coronavirus Taskforce, walks at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 12, 2020. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Scott Atlas Is Trump’s Doctor Death
After all this time, most of us realize that Donald Trump is a Russian asset. Not that he’s a secret mole necessarily or even The Manchurian Candidate, but Vladimir Putin plays him like a balalaika strumming Song of the Volga Boatmen. No one but the two of them knows with absolute certainty why...
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US Democratic vice presidential nominee and Senator from California Kamala Harris and US Vice President Mike Pence during the vice presidential debate in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah on October 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City, Utah Views
Saturday, October 10, 2020
When Donald Trump’s Mini-Me Met a Rational Grown Up
On that day in July 2016 when Donald Trump chose him as his vice-presidential running mate, Mike Pence must have felt like the luckiest man alive, or at least the luckiest Republican – whatever species that is these days. Running for re-election as governor of Indiana, Pence was down ten points in...
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President Donald Trump, infected with coronavirus, leaves Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to greet supporters on Sunday, October 4, 2020. (Photo illustration: Original photographAlex Edelman/Getty Images/CD illustrated) Views
Tuesday, October 06, 2020
How to Turn Ten Days Into a Lifetime
To review the events of the last week and a half is to contemplate a nation that is seriously off its rocker. This will not come as news to you, but in a year that already has been extraordinary in the scope of its insanity, from the trivial to the deeply tragic, these past ten days have been...
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This combination of pictures created on September 29, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump during the first presidential debate with Democratic Presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 2020. (Photos: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
That Was No Debate, It Was a 90-Minute Insult to America
Years ago, when I was a high school sophomore, at the beginning of the academic year one of our teachers gave us an assignment to come up with ideas to reform the American political system. Dutiful wonk that I was even then, I came up with my list of serious, thoughtful changes not all that...
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First inauguration of President Lincoln on March 4, 1861. The presidential oath of office was administered by Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the United States. (Image: Courtesy of Abraham Lincoln Historical Society) Views
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Here's Your Hat, Donald Trump, What's Your Hurry?
The other night, amidst all our upending national disasters, I was taken with an offhand comment—or rather, offhand tweet—made by presidential historian Michael Beschloss. On March 4, 1861, Beschloss wrote , “Defeated candidate Stephen Douglas held Abraham Lincoln’s hat while the new President gave...
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