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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

Arnie Arnesen does not know exactly when the political wind shifted. It
might have been on the day Trent Lott was forced to step down as Senate
majority leader.

If Congressional Democrats want to be more than George W.

When plants in Nebraska carrying swine diarrhea drugs mingled with food for humans, all hell broke loose.

CORRECTION: John Eder of Maine, a Green, won state, not national, office.

Nancy Pelosi, a Democratic leader who knows how to fight and what to fight for.

George W. Bush may have lost the 2000 election, but he won the 2002
election--with a good deal of help from Democrats, who took a dream
scenario and turned it into a political nightmare.

For grassroots economic and social justice activists, there was never any doubt about the identity of their representative in Washington.

The man behind the "Jeffords Jump" is aiding Democratic efforts to stay on top.

Democrat Paul Wellstone, the only vulnerable incumbent senator to vote
against blank-check authorization to use force against Iraq, is locked
in one of the year's closest Senate contests.

Strategic lessons for a Democratic Party that is having trouble finding its way.

Blogs

The president will do a campaign swing in Virginia this weekend. He ought to visit New Jersey, as well.
The budget conference committee should consider a real alternative to austerity.
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Activists want a full public accounting of the NSA’s and the FBI’s data collection programs.
The ultimate establishment Republican embraces the Tea Party in order to advance his daughter's ambition for a Senate seat.
The House Budget Committee chair plots to use a powerful conference committee to assault Medicare, Social Security and more.
The New Jersey governor gamed the election process to assure that few voters chose the state's new senator: Cory Booker.
Posner admits error in sustaining "a law now widely regarded as a means of voter suppression rather than fraud prevention."