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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)


  • January 7, 2008

    Labor Rebels Against Clinton

    For weeks the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the largest union in the AFL-CIO, has been relentlessly criticizing Barack Obama's healthcare plan on behalf of their favored candidate, Hillary Clinton. AFSCME President Gerald McEntee has long been a controversial figure in the union movement because of his exceptionally close ties to the Clintons. But conventional wisdom said the union would boost Clinton, especially in Iowa.

    Following the Iowa caucus, members of AFSCME's executive board had seen enough, taking the unprecedented step of rebuking McEntee's anti-Obama strategy in a letter to the union chief. "We are writing to protest in the strongest terms the negative campaign that AFSCME is conducting against Barack Obama," the letter states. "We do not believe that such a wholesale assault on one of the great friends of our union was ever contemplated when the International Executive Board (IEB) made its decision to endorse Hillary Clinton."

    The letter continues:

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  • Election 2008 January 4, 2008

    A Night at the Caucus

    An Iowa native attends his home-town caucus, and discovers deliberative democracy at its freewheeling finest. d

    Ari Berman

  • Election 2008 January 3, 2008

    The Democratic Foreign Policy Wars

    All the candidates reject Bush's disasters--but that won't be enough for the next administration.

    Ari Berman

  • Election 2008 November 29, 2007

    War Comes Home to Iowa

    The absence of a definitive antiwar candidate has divided the state's peace activists.

    Ari Berman

  • October 19, 2007

    Hillary’s Chinatown Express

    The Los Angeles Times ran an eyebrow-raising story this morning about how Hillary Clinton is raising money from a highly unlikely source: New York's Chinatown.

    "Dishwashers, waiters and others whose jobs and dilapidated home addresses seem to make them unpromising targets for political fundraisers are pouring $1,000 and $2,000 contributions into Clinton's campaign treasury," the paper reports. "In April, a single fundraiser in an area long known for its gritty urban poverty yielded a whopping $380,000."

    According to the article, powerful Chinese neighborhood associations pushed residents to donate to the Clinton camp. The source of many of these donations remains a mystery.

    Ari Berman

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  • Campaign Finance October 11, 2007

    Rudy’s Bird of Prey

    Giuliani's conservative kingmaker knows all about the ugly side of Third World debt. He invented it.

    Ari Berman

  • Campaign Finance October 11, 2007

    Rudy’s Dirty Money

    A closer look at the Texas energy interests fueling the former New York mayor's presidential campaign.

    Ari Berman

  • September 25, 2007

    Senate Neocons Provoke Iran

    Listen up. Can you hear the drums beating for a third war?

    The neocons are in a bubbling rage over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Columbia University. The pro-surge propagandists at Freedom Watch labeled the Iranian leader a "terrorist" in--of all places--a New York Times ad. Neocon godfather, Giuliani advisor and "World War IV" author Norman Podharetz went to the White House recently to urge President Bush to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities.

    And now Senators Jon Kyl and Joe Lieberman, who's already advocated attacking the country, are introducing a sense of the Senate resolution, possibly up for a vote today, that accuses Iran of fighting "a proxy war against the Iraqi state and coalition forces in Iraq." [SEE UPDATE AT END]

    Ari Berman