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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

Holding Democratic primaries in Florida and Michigan a second time would send the message that Americans do not need to accept illegitimate elections.

It's not enough for candidates to talk tough about the impact of NAFTA. Workers need realistic remedies.

Maryland progressive activist Donna Edwards upset veteran Congressman Al
Wynn in a Democratic "fight for the soul of the party" primary,
confirming that sentiment for change extends well beyond

After the losses of February, Hillary Clinton must start March with wins that restore her delegate lead.

McCain's march toward the Republican nomination is the year's most improbable journey.

His candidacy is ended, but John Edwards should continue his campaign to make economic justice in America the Democrats' core message.

With the Congressional race under way, the essential question is: will the Democrats be more progressive post-Bush?

John McCain is just enough of an outsider to keep the GOP competitive in a "change" election.

If we don't fix the nominating process this year, it will be even worse in 2012.

It's not Romney's Mormon faith that threatens the core values of a secular nation. It's Huckabee's messianic candidacy.

Blogs

By striking down limits on aggregate campaign donations, the Supreme Court just supercharged the influence and reach of wealthy campaign...
Communities nationwide are calling for a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. On Tuesday, Wisconsin towns will join...
DC insiders may not be “all in” for South Dakota's Rick Weiland, but a key senator is hailing his candidacy.
Washington can’t quite understand a South Dakota Democrat’s energetic, anti-big money Senate campaign.
Fourty-seven town meetings tell legislators and Congress it's time for a money-out-of-politics amendment.
In a big-city test of the “Fight for 15” movement, 100 Chicago precincts vote “yes.” Wage hikes are a potent issue...
House Budget Chair gets some scholarly encouragement to consider the past before blaming today's poor for their...
The British parliamentarian, who has died at age 88, was one of history’s great champions of giving power to the people.