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Ari Berman

Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. His new book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, will be published in August 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC and NPR. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, was published in 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (Photo by Ports Bishop)


  • November 15, 2006

    The ‘Burbs Go Blue

    Independents and moderate Republicans made the difference in the midterm election. VideoNation correspondents Sam Graham-Felsen and Ari Berman traveled to a swing district in Pennsylvania to explore what made them change.

    Ari Berman and Sam Graham-Felsen

  • November 14, 2006

    What Election?

    Young people voted in larger numbers in the midterm election than they have in 20 years, but most remain disengaged. Sam Graham-Felsen and Ari Berman talk to the no-shows.

    Ari Berman and Sam Graham-Felsen

  • Elections October 27, 2006

    Ground Game ’06

    Republicans are hoping voters will forget about Iraq, Bush and the GOP Congress. But these are the issues that will drive Democrats and independents to the polls.

    Ari Berman

  • Elections October 25, 2006

    Weldon’s Wild Ride

    The wheels are falling off Curt Weldon's electoral wagon, as the wacky Pennsylvania Republican finds himself mired in a criminal investigation.

    Ari Berman

  • Politics September 28, 2006

    Big $$ for Progressive Politics

    The Democracy Alliance is taking a page from the conservative Republican playbook by funding ideas instead of candidates. If only its leaders could agree on what those ideas are.

    Ari Berman

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  • Regions and Countries August 4, 2006

    AIPAC’s Hold

    The Congressional reaction to Hezbollah's attack on Israel and Israel's bombing of Lebanon provide the latest example of the lobby's grip on US foreign policy.

    Ari Berman

  • Campaigns and Elections June 28, 2006

    Where’s the Plan, Democrats?

    Elections are decided by message, money and mobilization. The Democrats' choice of tactics for the latter may determine not only the outcome of the '06 elections but the party's future.

    Ari Berman

  • Political Figures June 5, 2006

    All DeLay’s Children

    Tom DeLay has left Congress, but his legacy lives on in the work of five disciples.

    Ari Berman

  • Political Figures May 11, 2006

    The New Kerry

    After years of vacillation, John Kerry has gone bold, finding his voice on Iraq and national security and thinking hard about running for President. But his future cannot be separated from his past.

    Ari Berman

  • April 20, 2006

    Abramoff’s First Casualty

    Let's hope Rudy Giuliani picked up a copy of the Wall Street Journal today. In its pages journalist Jeanne Cummings asks whether Ralph Reed will "become the first casualty of the Abramoff scandal?" Something for Rudy to remember when he campaigns for the onetime boy wonder's Lt. Governor bid in Georgia next month.

    Reed's campaign, Cummings notes wryly, "is having trouble squaring his opposition to gambling with his work on behalf of Mr. Abramoff's casino clients." Here's the juicy backstory:

     

    Between 2001 and 2003, Mr. Reed collected more than $4 million in fees from Abramoff clients with gambling interests, including Indian tribes. Mr. Reed's specialty was ginning up opposition from religious leaders to tribes trying to elbow into Abramoff clients' turf. Payments to Mr. Reed's firm were funneled through organizations such as tax-exempt or charitable groups aligned with Mr. Abramoff, which obscured their source.

     

    Ari Berman