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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)


  • September 15, 2008

    Gary Hart: Obama Should Blame GOP for Economic Collapse

    Gary Hart was a groomsman at John McCain's wedding to Cindy Lou Hensley, so he knows a thing or two about the Arizona Senator.

    On the day of Sarah Palin's visit to Colorado, Hart--who represented the Centennial State in the Senate for twelve years--had a message for Palin and McCain: now is not the time for political ignorance to be rewarded.

    "It's more than a little concerning that one of four people who may take up the highest national office is unwilling to engage in any serious questions or real discussion," Hart said on a conference call organized by the group ProgressNow. "I hope that this attention she is getting now is a bubble of sorts. Given the financial markets and what has happened just this weekend, stakes are even higher than they were 72 hours ago. This is not just another national election."

    Ari Berman

  • Election 2008 September 11, 2008

    The McCain-Follieri Love Boat

    What are we to make of a straight-talking maverick who spends his 70th birthday on the yacht of an A-list con man?

    Ari Berman and Mark Ames

  • July 16, 2008

    Letters

    Readers weigh in on our inequality issue; Ari Berman responds to his critics.

    Our Readers and Ari Berman

  • July 1, 2008

    Swift Boaters Support McCain

    In 2004 Republicans had a strategy: turn John Kerry's biggest strength into an electoral liability. Democrats nominated Kerry largely because of his decorated military service in Vietnam, believing that Kerry's Purple Hearts would insulate him from Republican attacks on national security.

    Kerry's military service was indeed an asset, until the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacked both his combat experiences in Vietnam and his antiwar activism after.

    Now what Wesley Clark said about John McCain is being compared to what the Swift Boaters said about John Kerry. I can't imagine a more ludicrous comparison. Clark, a retired four star general and former commander of NATO, was offering his opinion about whether McCain is supremely qualified to be commander-in-chief. As my colleague Ari Melber wrote today, others who wore the uniform have made similar points (including McCain!), without inciting the least bit of controversy.

    Ari Berman

  • Election 2008 June 26, 2008

    McCain Loves Lobbyists

    The Republican candidate's maverick image obscures his cozy relationship with lobbyists.

    Ari Berman

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  • June 11, 2008

    Key Women Clinton Supporters: McCain Won’t Get Our Vote

    John McCain has made it clear that his campaign intends to aggressively court supporters of Hillary Clinton, include her major base of women voters.

    Now top women Clinton supporters have a message for McCain: not so fast.

    "The McCain campaign has been talking about the mythology of trying to pick up HRC supporters," says Ellen Malcolm, president of EMILY'S List. "This is a pipe dream, because he's out of touch with their lives and the issues they care about."

    Ari Berman

  • June 10, 2008

    Fox’s “Terrorist Fist Jab”

    There's a few different ways to react to Fox News host E.D. Hill labeling Barack and Michelle Obama's fist bump in St. Paul last week as a possible "terrorist fist jab."

    1. Hill should be reprimanded for her breathtaking ignorance and cultural myopia.

    Ari Berman

  • Politics May 1, 2008

    Obama Under the Weather

    Here's a look at the roots of the campaign that seeks to discredit Barack Obama by linking him to Bill Ayers and the Chicago charity to which they each had ties.

    Ari Berman