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Ari Melber

Ari Melber is The Nation’s Net movement correspondent, covering politics, law, public policy and new media, and a regular contributor to the magazine’s blog. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was an editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy.

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Melber is also an attorney, a columnist for Politico and a contributing editor at techPresident, a nonpartisan website covering technology’s impact on democracy. During the 2008 general election, he traveled with the Obama Campaign on special assignment for The Washington Independent.

He previously served as a Legislative Aide in the US Senate and as a national staff member of the 2004 John Kerry Presidential Campaign.

As a commentator on public affairs, Melber frequently speaks on national television and radio, including including appearances on NBC, CNBC, CNN, CNN Headline News, C-SPAN, MSNBC, Bloomberg News, FOX News, and NPR, on programs such as “The Today Show,” “American Morning,” “Washington Journal,” “Power Lunch,” “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” “The Joy Behar Show,” “The Dylan Ratigan Show,” and “The Daily Rundown,” among others. Melber has also been a featured speaker at Harvard, Oxford, Yale, Columbia, NYU, The Center for American Progress and many other institutions. He has contributed chapters or essays to the books “America Now,” (St. Martins, 2009), “At Issue: Affirmative Action,” (Cengage, 2009), and “MoveOn’s 50 Ways to Love Your Country,” (Inner Ocean Publishing, 2004).  His reporting  has been cited by a wide range of news organizations, academic journals and nonfiction books, including the The Washington Post, The New York Times, ABC News, NBC News, CNN, FOX News, National Review Online, The New England Journal of Medicine and Boston University Law Review.  He is a member of the American Constitution Society, he serves on the advisory board of the Roosevelt Institute and lives in Manhattan.


  • June 19, 2007

    SiCKO Premiere

    Michael Moore's new health care documentary "SiCKO" premiered in Manhattan last night, with an unusual group of movie stars walking the red carpet at the famous Ziegfeld Theatre. The paparazzi were reduced to snapping pictures of non-celebrities, like rescue workers who were denied health care for ailments they contracted on September 11, and dozens of nurses decked out in maroon "SiCKO" scrubs. The nurses are part of a national alliance advocating health care reform, including several labor unions, doctors' organizations, consumer groups and, which cosponsored the premiere with The New York Observer. 

    Ari Melber

  • May 22, 2007

    MoveOn Surveys Members on Constitutional Rights is surveying its members' enthusiasm for a campaign to restore constitutional rights in an online poll that may shape the group's "next steps." The initial poll began circulating among MoveOn's 3.3 million members last week, without referencing constitutional rights, but MoveOn has now added a choice for a "Campaign to restore Constitutional Rights and Liberties."


    Ari Melber

  • May 21, 2007

    Why Won’t MoveOn Move on Habeas Corpus? is circulating a new survey asking its 3.3 million members to plan the group's "next steps," offering a dozen choices ranging from issues on the national agenda, like ending the Iraq War and climate change, to less mainstream items such as impeachment. But the survey does not even mention Bush's worst domestic transgression: the suspension of habeas corpus and other fundamental rights in last year's Military Commissions Act (MCA).

    Ari Melber

  • ElectionsMay 2, 2007

    Dems Tangled in Netroots

    Working For Us, a new coalition of unions and Internet activists, seeks to reform the Democratic Party from the ground up.

    Ari Melber

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  • Campaign FinanceMarch 12, 2007

    The Millionaires’ Primary

    As America embarks on the longest, most costly presidential race in history, Russ Feingold is asking Congress to apply the brakes.

    Ari Melber

  • Internet and New MediaFebruary 22, 2007

    Bloggers on the Trail

    John Edwards's netroots flap only proves that Democrats should tap into bloggers' energy and learn to manage their passions.

    Ari Melber

  • ElectionsJanuary 22, 2007

    Draft Obama! Why Bother?

    Ambitious politicians don't need a draft to run for higher office, but as "draft" sites become a campaign essential, genuine netroots activists will pay the price.

    Ari Melber

  • Internet and New MediaJanuary 16, 2007

    Blink Tanks Fight to Restore Habeas Corpus

    Progressive "blink tanks" are pressuring Congressional Democrats to work to restore civil liberties lost by passage of Bush's Military Commissions Act.

    Ari Melber

  • ElectionsDecember 21, 2006

    The Irrelevance of Joe Lieberman

    The fall and rise of Joe Lieberman was one of the major political events of 2006. But in 2007, Beltway and netroots pundits agree, he will be as irrelevant as George W. Bush.

    Ari Melber

  • Internet and New MediaOctober 18, 2006

    Netroots Challenge Dems’ Electoral Strategy

    Democratic House candidates who once were long shots now have a crack at winning. Will party power-brokers lend them a hand?

    Ari Melber