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Ari Berman

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Ari Berman

Ari Berman

Ari Berman, a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute, is working on a book about voting rights since 1965. 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—for whom he is now working on a history of voting rights. He graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and political science.  


News and Features

In year three, will Obama heed the lessons of Clinton or Reagan?

Grassroots activists and Beltway insiders are fighting for the soul of Obama's Democratic Party.

MoveOn.org is leading a coalition of advocacy groups to overturn the Supreme Court decision.

A progressive moment was supposed to follow Obama's election. Robert Kuttner's A Presidency in Peril asks where it went.

Bill Halter’s challenge to Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln is revving up Razorback progressives, and Halter is now trailing by single digits. Will Tuesday's primary result in a run-off?

The coal industry presents itself as committed to sustainability--but is it?

Howard Dean's fifty-state strategy remade the Democratic Party. What comes next?

The slumping economy has made GOP smear tactics seem petty and shrill--but they're looking forward to their next shot.

He may talk tough about Russia, but John McCain's political advisors have advanced Putin's imperial ambitions.


The Roberts Court has made it far easier to buy an election and far harder to vote in one.
Wisconsin and Ohio are the latest GOP-controlled states to limit access to the ballot.
The right-wing attack machine defeats Debo Adegbile’s nomination to head DOJ Civil Rights Division.
Activists hold the largest civil rights rally in the South since the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.
A judge in Pennsylvania makes a damning case against the state’s restrictive voter ID law.
A bipartisan group in Congress has introduced legislation to restore the critical protections of the Voting Rights Act following the...
A challenge to North Carolina’s sweeping new voting restrictions will be heard in court next summer.
The Ohio legislature is once again passing new restrictions to make it harder to vote.