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).

Former president Trump Attends D.C. Appeals Court Hearing Over Immunity In 2020 Election Case

Trump’s Lawyers Argue That Their Client Is Above the Law Trump’s Lawyers Argue That Their Client Is Above the Law

The former president made an appearance in court as his legal team made the case for his absolute immunity from prosecution.

Jan 10, 2024 / Chris Lehmann

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-La.) leaves a caucus meeting in December 2023 in Washington, D.C.

Mike Johnson’s Art of the Deal Mike Johnson’s Art of the Deal

Kevin McCarthy drew the ire of his Republican colleagues when he brokered a spending agreement last year. His successor has now done the same.

Jan 9, 2024 / Chris Lehmann

Capitol building breach

The Insurrection Is Far From Over The Insurrection Is Far From Over

The grim legacy of January 6 lives on in today’s Republican Party.

Jan 5, 2024 / Chris Lehmann

Harvard, Penn, MIT Heads Face Congress Over Antisemitism

Even Elite Institutions Like Harvard Aren’t Free From the Culture War Even Elite Institutions Like Harvard Aren’t Free From the Culture War

In the wake of congressional hearings on antisemitism, a right-wing campaign to oust Harvard President Claudine Gay maneuvered its pretext into victory.

Jan 3, 2024 / Chris Lehmann

Nikki Haley in New Hampshire

Nikki Haley Needs a History Lesson Nikki Haley Needs a History Lesson

Politics / December 29, 2023 Nikki Haley Needs a History Lesson The GOP candidate’s answer to a question on what caused the Civil War was missing any recognition of the obvious…

Dec 29, 2023 / Chris Lehmann

Republican presidential candidate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis drives a bumper car as his daughter Madison laughs at the Iowa State Fair on August 12, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa

The Encouraging Lesson From DeSantis’s Crash The Encouraging Lesson From DeSantis’s Crash

The Florida governor isn’t just personally unlikable. His extremist policies are deeply unpopular, too.

Dec 28, 2023 / Chris Lehmann

Joe Biden BBQ

Biden’s Best Chance for 2024 Is to Take Aim at Corporate America Biden’s Best Chance for 2024 Is to Take Aim at Corporate America

Poll numbers show increasing dissatisfaction with the president’s performance. To win voters, he needs to follow through on his populist rhetoric.

Dec 19, 2023 / Chris Lehmann

President Joe Biden speaks at a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, December 11, 2023.

Biden’s Israel Policies Are Still on the Wrong Track Biden’s Israel Policies Are Still on the Wrong Track

The president is clinging to his long record of a bellicose approach to foreign relations—even as public opinion is going the other way.

Dec 18, 2023 / Chris Lehmann

House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) looks on during a press conference on House Republicans' impeachment inquiry into President Biden at the US Capitol on November 29, 2023.

The GOP’s Ruling Mantra: When You Can’t Govern, Attack The GOP’s Ruling Mantra: When You Can’t Govern, Attack

Republicans are launching an impeachment inquiry against President Biden to distract voters from their abysmal congressional record.

Dec 13, 2023 / Chris Lehmann

Former president Donald Trump speaks during a visit to a Team Trump Volunteer Leadership Training, at the Grimes Community Complex in Grimes, Iowa, on Thursday, June 1, 2023.

The Trump Dictatorship Goes on Autopilot The Trump Dictatorship Goes on Autopilot

The MAGA world is making all the same fascist threats it did the last time around—and the media is still twiddling its thumbs.

Dec 7, 2023 / Chris Lehmann

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