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Richard Kim

Executive Editor

Richard Kim is the executive editor of The Nation. He is co-editor, with Betsy Reed, of the New York Times bestselling anthology Going Rouge: Sarah Palin, An American Nightmare. Kim has appeared on MSNBC’s All In with Chris HayesUp with Chris Hayes/Steve KornackiMelissa Harris-Perry, CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, Democracy Now! and other media outlets. He has taught at New York University and Skidmore College.


  • Banking March 25, 2010

    Student Loan Reform Clears Senate

      Free public higher education it is not. But for millions of students at the margins, it's real help.

    Richard Kim

  • Global Organizations January 20, 2010

    IMF Clarifies Terms of Haiti’s Loan

    Last Friday I wrote about the IMF's new $100 million loan to Haiti. I cited debt relief activists who told me that the new loan would be an extension of the IMF's existing loan of $165 million. This information was confirmed by the IMF's press release, which stated that "emergency financing would be provided as an augmentation to the existing IMF-supported arrangement with Haiti under the Extended Credit Facility [ECF]." The IMF's announcement provided no further information about conditions that may or may not be attached to the loan and made no mention of future debt relief for Haiti.

    Richard Kim

  • Regions and Countries January 15, 2010

    IMF to Haiti: Freeze Public Wages

    Since a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti on Tuesday--killing tens of thousands of people--there's been a lot of well-intentioned chatter and twitter about how to help Haiti. 

    Richard Kim

  • Political Figures November 11, 2009

    The Perils of Palinism

    With enemies like Sarah Palin, who needs friends?

    Richard Kim and Betsy Reed


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  • September 29, 2009

    Ending the Cycle of Presidential Love and Hate

    Eyal's post juxtaposes the irrational views an alarming number of Republicans have about Barack Obama (a Kenyan-Muslim-Socialist-Hitler!) with the conspiracy theory--apparently held by 25 percent of Democrats--that Bush let 9/11 happen to justify a march to war. Fair enough, but I'm not sure you need to graze that far afield to find a left-right correspondence.

    The first time I encountered a fantastic, fact-proof theory about Obama was during primary season. It was at a debate-watching party where an acquaintance of mine, an Obama-volunteer, hissed at Hillary Clinton's response to a question about same-sex marriage. "She's such a homophobe!" the woman exclaimed. I felt the need to correct the record.

    "She's not really any more anti-gay or pro-gay than Obama. Neither of them back gay marriage, for example," I pointed out.

    Richard Kim


  • June 26, 2009

    Michael Jackson: Freak Like Me

    Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, is dead of a heart attack at the age of 50. Without his extravagant eccentricities and ambiguous, obsessive relationships to race, gender, mortality and childhood (and children)—indeed without the conspicuously tenuous link he had to the category of the human itself—Michael Jackson would have been a B-list has-been.

    Richard Kim

  • Executive Branch June 24, 2009

    Obama’s Stonewall

    Since Obama traced his dazzling arc to the presidency, his stance on gay rights has become murkier, and more Clintonian.

    Richard Kim