John Nichols

The Nation

John Nichols is Washington correspondent for The Nation and associate editor of The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. His most recent book is The "S" Word: A Short History of an American Tradition. A co-founder of the media reform organization Free Press, Nichols is co-author with Robert W. McChesney of The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again and Tragedy & Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy.

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Paul Ryan, Chris Van Hollen, Tom Price, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., center, presides over a markup session where House Republicans are crafting a budget-balancing plan that sharply cuts spending on transportation, health care programs for the middle class and the poor, food stamps and other domestic initiatives, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ryan is flanked by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., right, the committee's ranking member, and Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., left. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 27, 2014 | Perspectives

The Republican from Wisconsin has downloaded some populist rhetoric to go with his “kinder, gentler” talk about poverty. But his populism is not the real thing. Continue reading

Rachel Fentin, left, 23, of Detroit, holds a sign denouncing water shutoffs as members of The People’s Water Board Coalition protest Detroit’s cutting off the water supply to some residents, in Detroit on Friday, July 18, 2014.
July 19, 2014 | Blog

As Detroit draws international criticism for shutting off water for low-income families, activists ask why people are being forced to pay while the Wall Street banks live large. Continue reading

The Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: iStock
July 12, 2014 | Blog

On Thursday, the Committee voted 10-8 to endorse an amendment to restore reasonable limits on financial contributions and expenditures intended to influence elections. Continue reading

President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr., Whitney Young, James Farmer (Wikimedia Commons)
July 2, 2014 | Perspectives

Before embracing rigid and divisive politics, the Republicans had been closely aligned with the cause of civil rights and had been supporters of equal justice. Continue reading

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler at a panel discussion in Washington, DC, on February 6, 2014 Photo Credit Kristoffer Tripplaar/ Sipa USA (Sipa via AP Images)
April 25, 2014 | Perspectives

A free and open Internet is essential to modern democracy. But that freedom and openness will be maintained only if Americans use their great democratic voice to demand it. Continue reading

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April 15, 2014 | Activism

The legendary activist had ideas we should remember today. Continue reading

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his wife Tonette cheer as Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., August 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
April 1, 2014 | Activism

The Kochs are meddling in local elections today in Wisconsin, while communities across the state will vote to get money out of politics. Watch this space. Continue reading

In this Dec. 3, 2009 file photo, a sign outside the Comcast Center, left, is shown in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file)
February 15, 2014 | Blog

When it comes to media, bigger is not better. Continue reading

The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, Monday, June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 2, 2014 | Activism

In 2014, why not assert a progressive politics that is more vital and determined than what has been known to this point? Continue reading

Capitol building in Washington, DC
December 11, 2013 | Blog

The trouble with making “functional” government the great aspiration of the American experiment is that a smoothly operating Congress is not necessarily moral, humane or even economically smart. Continue reading

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