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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.  

Articles

News and Features

What are we to make of a straight-talking maverick who spends his 70th birthday on the yacht of an A-list con man?

Readers weigh in on our inequality issue; Ari Berman responds to his critics.

The Republican candidate's maverick image obscures his cozy relationship with lobbyists.

Here's a look at the roots of the campaign that seeks to discredit Barack Obama by linking him to Bill Ayers and the Chicago charity to which they each had ties.

Democratic activism and Obama's campaign have turned Doylestown, Pennsylvania, from solid red to purple--maybe even blue.

False claims about Obama intended to stoke racial and religious fear are trickling from the far right to the mainstream media.

The DNC chair has energized aging, ailing or previously nonexistent state parties.

Unelected insiders may well hold the key to the 2008 Democratic nomination. How did things become so undemocratic?

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

Blogs

Efforts to restrict student voting failed in North Carolina, but voter suppression attempts accelerated in Texas during the last election....
The latest victim of Texas’s new voter ID law is 90-year-old former Speaker of the House Jim Wright. 
Texas is a case study in the disastrous consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision that invalidated a key section of the Voting...
Two states want to create a two-tiered voting system reminiscent of the Jim Crow South.
White Southern Republicans hold the balance of power in the Congress, which is a major reason why there’s a government shutdown. 
The new North Carolina voting law has a discriminatory effect and intent, the federal government argues 
The right to vote is under the most sustained attack since 1965, but civil rights activists are fighting back.
“We’re seeing a new upsurge in the civil rights movement,” activists say.