Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. He has written extensively about American politics, foreign policy 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 political commentator on MSNBC, C-Span and NPR. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, was published in October 2010 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. He graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and political science.
Section 5 is as necessary today as it was in 1965, when Alabama state troopers beat freedom marchers in Selma.
A five-decade bipartisan consensus on this key piece of civil rights legislation has collapsed—right when we need its protections more than ever before.
It didn’t work for Republicans in this election—but their war on voting is far from dead.
It will be resisting not only voter-suppression laws in key swing states but also harassment from the Tea Party group True the Vote.
An important court decision stayed the GOP’s voter-suppression scheme in Pennsylvania. But that battle, and others like it across the nation, is only just beginning.
In this crucial swing state, organizers are betting that a strong grassroots ground game can defeat Romney’s Super PAC cash.
Judging by his advisers, Romney would embrace Bush’s unilateral interventionism and massive military budgets.
A GOP win in November would move the most conservative bench in history even further to the right.
How the politics of the super-rich became American politics.
Republicans are using the redistricting process to undermine minority voting power and ensure their party's dominance.