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Christopher Hayes

Editor at Large

Chris Hayes, Editor-at-Large of The Nation, hosts “All In with Chris Hayes” at 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday on MSNBC.

Previously, Hayes hosted the weekend program “Up w/ Chris Hayes,” which premiered in 2011. Prior to joining MSNBC as an anchor, Chris had previously served as a frequent substitute host for “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Chris became a MSNBC contributor in 2010 and has been with The Nation since 2007.

He is a former Fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. From 2008-2010, he was a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. From 2005 to 2006, Chris was a Schumann Center Writing Fellow at In These Times.

Since 2002, Hayes has written on a wide variety of political and social issues, from union organizing and economic democracy, to the intersection of politics and technology. His essays, articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, The Nation, The American Prospect, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, the Guardian, and The Chicago Reader.

His first book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy, which is about the crisis of authority in American life, was published in June 2012. Chris grew up in the Bronx, graduated from Brown University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.

  • April 17, 2008

    A Journalist’s Job

    Following up. Here's Brooks on last night's debate:

    The journalist's job is to make politicians uncomfortable, to explore evasions, contradictions and vulnerabilities.

    Let's see. Off the top of my head, here are some questions I think could reasonably make a candidate uncomfortable during a debate.

    Christopher Hayes

  • April 16, 2008

    Sipping the Hatorade

    Yglesias points out that the right is, unsurprisingly, attempting to smear J Street (the other one).

    He links to a hit piece up over at Commentary, which made me think: Commentary still exists?

    Christopher Hayes

  • April 15, 2008

    It’s April 15th.

    Since this week marks my first time filing taxes while living here in DC, today seems an especially appropriate moment to shout out to the good work of groups like DC Vote. Over the past year, thanks to such advocates' efforts, attempts to gain House voting rights for DC residents have neared ever closer to victory. Last April for the first time in a generation, the House passed a DC voting-rights bill, though Senate Republicans--backed by the White House--blocked the proposal by a narrow three-vote margin in September.

    As the license plates around here read, "Taxation without representation." It's too bad President Bush doesn't appreciate the reference (perhaps not coincidentally, given that 85% of DC voters backed Al Gore). After taking office in 2001, Bush promptly had the Clinton-installed license plates on all presidential limousines replaced with ones that read more simply, "Washington DC."

    Christopher Hayes

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  • April 14, 2008

    “Skin in the Game”

    Rahm Emmanuel on those lazy Iraqis:

    "We've put about $45 billion into Iraq's reconstruction . . . and they have not spent their own resources...They have got to have some skin in the game."

    In the wake of Petraeus hearing, I'm quickly despairing that the Democrats' newest line on Iraq is: blame the wogs. I mean, really.

    Christopher Hayes

  • April 11, 2008

    Chertoff, Kissed Off

    The ACLU animates an amusing (and by amusing I mean eerily disquieting) vision of what a national ID database could mean, here.

    Fortunately however, this month in the state-federal game of chicken over the REAL ID Act, the feds swerved first. While the bill required states to comply or file for an extension by this month, to date, at least six states have simply refused to adhere to the law--and when the deadline passed a week and a half ago, many didn't bother applying for extensions, either.

    A chagrined DHS went ahead and issued them anyway. The new deadline is now 2010. By then, a new presidency and Congress will hopefully make the whole mangled plan--passed in 2005 as a rider on a defense bill--moot.

    Christopher Hayes