Joan Walsh

National Affairs Correspondent

@joanwalsh

Joan Walsh, a national affairs correspondent for The Nation, is a coproducer of The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show and the author of What’s the Matter With White People? Finding Our Way in the Next America. Her new book (with Nick Hanauer and Donald Cohen) is Corporate Bullsh*t: Exposing the Lies and Half-Truths That Protect Profit, Power and Wealth In America.

A close-cropped photo of Ron DeSantis holding a microphone, looking down.

The DeSantis Debacle Is Over The DeSantis Debacle Is Over

The once and never Trump successor’s campaign collapsed about a year ago. His ego got finally the news.

Jan 21, 2024 / Joan Walsh

E Jean Carroll, smiling, outside a courtroom.

The Pain and Paradox of E. Jean Carroll’s Crusade Against Trump The Pain and Paradox of E. Jean Carroll’s Crusade Against Trump

In her second go-round, seeking damages for his lies about her, the accomplished journalist had to prove she was damaged.

Jan 19, 2024 / Joan Walsh

Donald Trump, on stage, points in front of a large sign reading

Iowa Finally Picked the GOP Nominee Iowa Finally Picked the GOP Nominee

The state is infamous for propelling sure losers into the Republican primary. Backing Trump, it picked another loser—but he’s likely to be the nominee anyway.

Jan 16, 2024 / Joan Walsh

Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, right, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, left, speak at the same time at the CNN Republican presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 10, 2024.

The GOP Primary Debate Was a Tedious Mess The GOP Primary Debate Was a Tedious Mess

Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley clearly despise each other, but neither emerged as the obvious number two behind Trump.

Jan 11, 2024 / Joan Walsh

Rep. Elise Stefanik speaking in front of an American flag.

The Sickness Behind Calling the January 6 Criminals “Hostages” The Sickness Behind Calling the January 6 Criminals “Hostages”

Trump has made defending the thugs who stormed the Capitol a central plank of the GOP platform.

Jan 8, 2024 / Joan Walsh

The crowd at a rally for Joe Biden, then running for president, in Detroit, Michigan, in 2020.

Welcome to 2024, the Year We Stop Trump’s Rolling Insurrection Welcome to 2024, the Year We Stop Trump’s Rolling Insurrection

January 6, 2021, never ended. We can halt it this year. If we don’t, we may never.

Jan 5, 2024 / Editorial / Joan Walsh for The Nation

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley speaks during a town hall, December 8, 2023, in Sioux City, Iowa.

The 24-Hour Rise and Fall of Nikki Haley The 24-Hour Rise and Fall of Nikki Haley

The national media’s search for a big new political “narrative” creates flash stories that ignore the larger context.

Dec 29, 2023 / Joan Walsh

Two women look and discuss at turf maps on a suburban street in Ohio.

The Contempt for Democracy Driving the Anti-Abortion Movement The Contempt for Democracy Driving the Anti-Abortion Movement

As pro-choice advocates plan more statewide initiatives protecting abortion rights, opponents say victory lies in stopping citizens from voting on the issue directly.

Dec 19, 2023 / Joan Walsh

Alex Jones, shot from above in profile, gesticulating and speaking into a boom mike.

I Finally Left Xitter Because of Alex Jones I Finally Left Xitter Because of Alex Jones

I regret not leaving all the other times I promised to. But on the Sandy Hook anniversary, I had to get out of there.

Dec 14, 2023 / Joan Walsh

A closely framed photo of Ken Paxton at a microphone in front of the Supreme Court Building.

We Have Mounting Proof That Cruel Men Control Women’s Bodies in Red States We Have Mounting Proof That Cruel Men Control Women’s Bodies in Red States

In Texas and Ohio, the suffering of Kate Cox and Brittany Watts foreshadows a grim future for women there. And maybe in blue states too.

Dec 13, 2023 / Joan Walsh

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