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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

It felt a bit like Election Day in Iowa this weekend, as Democratic candidates at Senator Tom Harkin's Steak Fry served up appetizers of the campaign to come.

Senator Clinton has a pro-worker voting record. So why are unionists skeptical?

Clinton vows to defend Americans against the privileged and powerful, but her ties to big business compromise her populist promises.

How can Hillary Clinton maintain her populist credentials when Mark Penn, her chief pollster and campaign strategist, also represents the interests of some of America's largest corporations?

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

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?

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

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

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.

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.


The story Washington should be talking about is how the Citizens United decision unleashed a flood of secret spending in US elections.
Seventy-five new voting restrictions have been introduced in 30 states in 2013. North Carolina is leading the way.
Fifty-five new voting restrictions have been introduced in thirty states this year.
In hearing a challenge to Arizona’s proof of citizenship law for voter registration, the Justices will decide what powers Congress...
On the day Congress unveils a statue to Rosa Parks, the Supreme Court prepares to gut the centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act
Democrats and Obama are serious about fixing the broken US election system. Will the GOP join them? 
Republicans are supporting a change to the Electoral College that would’ve put Mitt Romney in the White House.