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John Nichols

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John Nichols

John Nichols

Washington Correspondent

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.

Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers.

Nichols is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. He was featured in Robert Greenwald's documentary, "Outfoxed," and in the documentaries Joan Sekler's "Unprecedented," Matt Kohn's "Call It Democracy" and Robert Pappas's "Orwell Rolls in his Grave." The keynote speaker at the 2004 Congress of the International Federation of Journalists in Athens, Nichols has been a featured presenter at conventions, conferences and public forums on media issues sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Consumers International, the Future of Music Coalition, the AFL-CIO, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Newspaper Guild [CWA] and dozens of other organizations.

Nichols is the author of The Genius of Impeachment (The New Press); a critically acclaimed analysis of the Florida recount fight of 2000, Jews for Buchanan (The New Press); and a best-selling biography of Vice President Dick Cheney, Dick: The Man Who is President (The New Press), which has recently been published in French and Arabic. He edited Against the Beast: A Documentary History of American Opposition to Empire (Nation Books), of which historian Howard Zinn said: "At exactly the time when we need it most, John Nichols gives us a special gift--a collection of writings, speeches, poems, and songs from throughout American history--that reminds us that our revulsion to war and empire has a long and noble tradition in this country."

With Robert W. McChesney, Nichols has co-authored the books It's the Media, Stupid! (Seven Stories), Our Media, Not Theirs (Seven Stories), Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy (The New Press), The Death and Life of American Journalism (Nation Books) and, most recently, Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street (Nation Books). McChesney and Nichols are the co-founders of Free Press, the nation's media-reform network, which organized the 2003 and 2005 National Conferences on Media Reform.

Of Nichols, author Gore Vidal says: "Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols’s sword is the sharpest."

Articles

News and Features

At a time when too many Democrats are prone to pulling punches, he knows how to throw them. And he has the bruises to show it.

Minnesota Senate candidate Al Franken has won wide support among voters--and conservatives are getting scared.

Hillary Clinton has recognized the value of courting antiwar voters.

Bill Richardson's edgy, opinionated and sometimes risky campaign is clicking because of his exit-now strategy from Iraq.

As he shapes the Senate farm bill, Tom Harkin should heed progressives and forge legislation that ends subsidies and gives a fair shake to family farmers.

The burgeoning movement to impeach Bush and Cheney is a rational response at a time when 80 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Under Rupert Murdoch, the paper of record for the global economy won't survive as an independent voice.

Congress has thus far failed to hold Alberto Gonzales accountable for politicizing the Justice Department. Polite words must now give way to bold actions.

Expect no changes as Bush Administration hit man Robert Zoellick takes the helm of the World Bank.

Her unscripted activism was characterized by an element so often missing from politics: genuineness. But we haven't seen the last of Cindy Sheehan.

Blogs

Francis embraces and encourages resistance to an “economy of exclusion and inequality.”
Despite all the spin about his “reform-minded” independence, the 2016 contender is a entirely predictable political careerist.
Citizens and a challenger pressure a Maine senator to abandon opposition to a bill that would require reports on civilian casulaties.
The great passion of the president’s last year was a struggle to enact an amendment ending the poll tax and removing wealth barriers...
It is time to recognize that penalty and punishment are wrong responses—for congressmen and for SNAP recipients.
The independent senator is a reluctant prospect. But he says the times demand a progressive alternative to politics as usual.
In his campaign book, Unintimidated, the controversial Wisconsin governor offers a rewrite of his history.