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Ari Berman

Ari Berman is a senior contributing writer for The Nation magazine and a Fellow at The Nation Institute. His new book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, was 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)

  • May 2, 2007

    Thompson the Lobbyist

    David Sirota has a good post up about how the media is overlooking Fred Thompson's lucrative stint as a lobbyist. In a profile of the possible presidential candidate yesterday, the New York Times mentioned that during the eighteen year gap between working as a Congressional staffer and winning a Senate seat in 1994, Thompson "took on some lobbying clients." Who those clients were and what the work entailed, goes unmentioned. It's a mere throwaway in the larger narrative of the Reagan Republican returning to save the GOP.

    Ari Berman

  • May 1, 2007

    Murdoch to Buy Wall Street Journal?

    Not content with its conservative media empire, Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp is making an ambitious bid to buy the Dow Jones Company and its prized product, the Wall Street Journal. NewsCorp is offering to buy at $60 a share, all cash, 65 percent above Dow Jones' closing price yesterday (which shot up $18.42 as news of the bid broke). Owning the WSJ, along with Barron's and Dow Jones Newswires would be a fantastic coup for NewsCorp, which is launching its rah-rah business channel later this year.

    Ari Berman

  • Campaign Finance April 18, 2007

    Making Elections Fair

    The modern campaign finance system is broken. Congress should pass laws that will fix it.

    Ari Berman

  • Law April 2, 2007

    Attorneygate in Guam

    Before there was Attorneygate, there was the 2002 firing of a US Attorney in Guam engaged in a prosecution of Jack Abramoff. Anyone see a pattern here?

    Ari Berman

  • Congress March 22, 2007

    Looking Out for Veterans

    Progressive Congressman Bob Filner is pursuing an ambitious agenda to secure proper care for wounded warriors.

    Ari Berman

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  • Congress March 6, 2007

    K Street’s Favorite Democrat

    When Max Baucus, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, is every lobbyist's best friend, is economic reform possible?

    Ari Berman

  • Politics November 16, 2006

    Why Murtha Lost

    The Pennsylvania Democrat's opposition to the Iraq War and Pelosi's endorsement couldn't match Steny Hoyer's seniority, experience and connections to House Democrats.

    Ari Berman

  • 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