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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

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.

A conversation with the former President on Jonathan Demme's new film, Jimmy Carter Man From Plains, and the difficulty of talking about Israel and Palestine.

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.

Blogs

The former vice president says Americans deserved to know how far NSA spying has gone.
When a federal judge tossed Wisconsin’s marriage ban, kids showed up with flowers and cops brought the cake.
A judiciary subcommittee holds the first hearing ever on the need for a constitutional remedy to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United...
Near tie in Mississippi forces runoff between a conservative and a conservative who says the conservative isn’t conservative enough.
As a major city opts for a minimum wage that’s double the federal rate, what seemed an improbable goal gets very real.
She makes moves to challenge Andrew Cuomo from the left as Working Families Party candidate.
A brilliant author who organized with Dr. King and served on the staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Senator Sanders proposes two bills to get things right. Will Congress act or will it fail vets again?