Chris Lehmann

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Chris Lehmann is the D.C. Bureau chief for The Nation and a contributing editor at The Baffler. He was formerly editor of The Baffler and The New Republic, and is the author, most recently, of The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream (Melville House, 2016).

Election 2023 Chicago Mayor

How the Midwest Was Won How the Midwest Was Won

Pundits write off the region as a vast expanse of red states. But recent progressive victories show there's more to it than that.

Apr 10, 2023 / Chris Lehmann

Three Tennessee Lawmakers Face Expulsion After Joining Gun Protest

The Tennessee GOP’s Shameful Expulsion of 2 Black Legislators The Tennessee GOP’s Shameful Expulsion of 2 Black Legislators

When Tennessee Representatives Justin Jones and Justin Pearson led a protest at the state capitol, the Republican-controlled legislature bared its teeth.

Apr 7, 2023 / Chris Lehmann

Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon

The Long History of Presidents Getting a Pass The Long History of Presidents Getting a Pass

Ford's pardon of Nixon set a precedent for Executive Branch impunity—and Trump has picked it up and run with it.

Apr 5, 2023 / Chris Lehmann

Donald Trump in the Rose Garden at the White House

Manhattan Court Pursues Florida Man for White-Collar Crime Manhattan Court Pursues Florida Man for White-Collar Crime

Donald Trump's indictment is less a matter of politics than of ruling-class impunity. But his worst crimes won't be prosecuted in court.

Mar 31, 2023 / Chris Lehmann

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Testifies Before Senate HELP Committee

Howard Schultz’s Union-Busting Paternalism Howard Schultz’s Union-Busting Paternalism

The former Starbucks CEO faced tough questions at a Senate hearing—and didn’t have much to say.

Mar 30, 2023 / Chris Lehmann

A Fox News reporter's microphone.

A Lawsuit Puts the Workplace Culture of Fox News on Trial A Lawsuit Puts the Workplace Culture of Fox News on Trial

A former booker for the network claims that her testimony in the the Dominion case was coerced, as part of a sexist legal strategy by the network to scapegoat women employees.

Mar 22, 2023 / Chris Lehmann

Florida Man Trashes the Constitution and History in Pursuit of the White House

Florida Man Trashes the Constitution and History in Pursuit of the White House Florida Man Trashes the Constitution and History in Pursuit of the White House

Thanks to an anemic opposition, Ron DeSantis won reelection by a landslide. But if national Democrats don’t learn from the Florida party's mistakes, the governor could take his cra...

Mar 20, 2023 / Editorial / Chris Lehmann for The Nation

The front of the News Corporation building in New York City

Fox News Doesn’t Believe Its Own Bullshit Fox News Doesn’t Believe Its Own Bullshit

The latest revelations from the Dominion lawsuit show the network’s biggest personalities wringing their hands over Trump’s lies—and their own.

Mar 9, 2023 / Chris Lehmann

Donald Trump addresses the annual Conservative Political Action Conference

The Republican Code of Silence The Republican Code of Silence

With an election on the horizon, Republicans are distancing themselves from Trump. But there's no guarantee the strategy will work in their favor.

Mar 8, 2023 / Chris Lehmann

US President Joe Biden speaks

Biden Has Gotten a Lot Done. Have Voters Noticed? Biden Has Gotten a Lot Done. Have Voters Noticed?

The president is betting that he can defy the overall trend of public opinion and demonstrate that government can actually work.

Mar 7, 2023 / Editorial / Chris Lehmann

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