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.
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Readers weigh in on our inequality issue; Ari Berman responds to his critics.
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The DNC chair has energized aging, ailing or previously nonexistent state parties.
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No matter who injected the issue of race and gender into the Democratic
presidential campaign, it's not going away.
An Iowa native attends his home-town caucus, and discovers deliberative democracy at its freewheeling finest. d