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Chris 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.

He is the author of two books, A Colony in a Nation (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017) and Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy (Crown Publishing Group, 2012)Chris grew up in the Bronx, graduated from Brown University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.


  • April 7, 2008

    1/6th There

    If you can't beat the Electoral College, join them. Since last April, New Jersey and Maryland have signed onto the National Popular Vote compact, and today with Governor Blagojevich's signature, Illinois--a state both presidential candidates skipped during the 2004 general election--took the pledge as well.

    The compact needs 270 electoral votes to take effect; including Illinois, the plan is now one-sixth of the way there. Organizers aim to have the system in place by 2012.

    In the meantime, what's particularly egregious is how several governors (that is, Hawaii's Linda Lingle and California's Arnold Schwarzenegger) are using their veto power to block their states from signing onto the compact. Given, perhaps, the specter of what might've happened in 2000 under NPV, the GOP has generally been more reluctant to embrace the system. Yet the system's benefits would accrue to anyone whose votes currently aren't counted--and that includes Democrats in Texas as much as Republicans in California.

    Chris Hayes


  • April 7, 2008

    A Free Trade Thought Experiment

    Imagine a country where CEO's live in fear. In just the past five years, 400 CEO's -- from manufacturing, banking, real estate -- have been shot down in cold blood. (Thousands over the past 15 years.) Almost none of these murders have been solved. Indeed, over the past five years the percentage of CEO murders simply brought to trial has declined from 30% to zero. CEO's now more or less live in fear.

    Can you imagine the US have friendly relations with such a place? Can you imagine a president expending political capital to treat that country favorably in an international agreement? Right. Of course not.

    Of course, such a place does exist, but they're not murdering CEO's.

    Chris Hayes


  • April 4, 2008

    Get Out the Pitchforks

    If Wall Street thinks the public is angry at it now, wait till stories like this start getting wider play.

    Chris Hayes

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  • April 3, 2008

    Forty Years Ago Today

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    You can listen to NPR's morning interview with Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles-- who was listening to King's speech just a few feet away--here.

    Chris Hayes

  • April 3, 2008

    Accountability for KBR?

    Just three months after Jamie Leigh Jones' horrific account of Halliburton gang-rape was heard in Congress, Karen Houppert talks to Lisa Smith, a KBR contractor who alleges she was raped by a co-worker.

    And thanks to KBR's secret arbitration process, like Jones, Smith's case may never see the light of a courthouse.

    Chris Hayes


  • April 2, 2008

    Service for Citizenship

    Following up on Chris's post, a quick stat from the current Foreign Policy's military survey on a related theme: an overwhelming 78% of officers support granting citizenship to legal permanent residents in exchange for service.

    And an equal percentage think that we really, really can't afford to wage another major war right now.

    Chris Hayes

  • April 2, 2008

    What To Do About Yoo

    Regarding the recently declassified John Yoo torture memo, Atrios says:

    I'm not entirely sure why there's something about John Yoo and our nation's fond embrace of torture which bothers me even more than do Dick Cheney and George Bush. Obviously they're the ones who have ultimate responsibility for all of this stuff, but there's something peculiarly evil about not just doing bad stuff but providing elaborate justifications for it.

    I agree. But I think the other reason the Yoo situation is particularly enraging is that after he he left his job in the administration, he was rewarded with a tenured post at one of the nation's finest law schools. A perch from which he can continue to play a role in the nation's discourse just like any other legal academic. But at what point does advocating for, well, war crimes, get you barred from teaching law, or at the very least, being part of polite society?

    Chris Hayes