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Ari Berman

Ari Berman is a senior contributing writer for The Nation magazine and a Fellow at The Nation Institute. His new book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, was published in August 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC and NPR. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, was published in 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (Photo by Ports Bishop)





  • June 5, 2009

    Dems Vie for Victory in Virginia

    The Democratic primary for governor of Virginia, which takes place on June 9, has been a pretty nasty affair from Day One. At a February fundraising dinner, Democratic candidates Creigh Deeds, Brian Moran, Terry McAuliffe and Republican nominee Bob McDonnell (the current Attorney General) came together for an ostensibly friendly roast.

    After telling a joke about Deeds' donkey, Truman, McAuliffe referred to Brian Moran's media consultant, Joe Trippi, as an "ass." He said Trippi had come up to him at The Palm one day and offered to help with his race. "I said to him, 'You really want to help me? That's what you want to do? You want to help me, Joe? Great. Go work for Brian and go do for him what you did for President Dean and President Edwards."

    From the audience Moran yelled, "How's President Hillary Clinton?"

    Ari Berman


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  • May 12, 2009

    L’Affaire Edwards: To Sabotage or Not?

    On the heels of Elizabeth Edwards' revelation in her new book that she wanted her husband to drop out of the race for the presidency after having an affair with videographer Rielle Hunter, George Stephanopoulos reported on Sunday that Edwards staffers had convened a strategy to "sabotage his campaign" if he won the Democratic nomination.

    Onetime Edwards strategist Joe Trippi has since responded to that report, calling it "complete bullshit."

    Trippi told CNN: "No one that I know had such a plan, I wasn't involved in a plan like that, it didn't exist, it's a fantasy."

    Ari Berman

  • Environment March 26, 2009

    The Dirt on Clean Coal

    The coal industry presents itself as committed to sustainability--but is it?

    Ari Berman

  • Political Figures December 17, 2008

    The Prophet

    Howard Dean's fifty-state strategy remade the Democratic Party. What comes next?

    Ari Berman

  • Election 2008 October 22, 2008

    Swiftboat Blues

    The slumping economy has made GOP smear tactics seem petty and shrill--but they're looking forward to their next shot.

    Ari Berman

  • Political Figures October 1, 2008

    McCain’s Kremlin Ties

    He may talk tough about Russia, but John McCain's political advisors have advanced Putin's imperial ambitions.

    Mark Ames and Ari Berman