Zaid Jilani

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Zaid Jilani is the former communications and outreach coordinator for United Republic and the former senior reporter-blogger for ThinkProgress. His work has also appeared in outlets including Salon and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

ALL POSTS BY Zaid Jilani

Students walk through the campus of Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif. February 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
November 21, 2013 | Blog

As more government work is outsourced to private consultants, more public policy school grads — trained for government service — are working for corporations instead. Continue reading

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
September 20, 2013 | Blog

Many of the politicians who rail against SNAP in Congress bring home huge sums of federal assistance to their supporters. Continue reading

This video frame grab provided by Senate Television shows Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaking on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Senate Democrats pushed Wednesday for speedy confirmation of John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director but ran into a snag after a Paul began a lengthy speech over the legality of potential drone strikes on U.S. soil.
September 12, 2013 | Blog

Dovish Republicans like Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) are turning away from the neoconservative wing of the party, and they’re gaining support. Continue reading

Federal troops escort a train through jeering, fist-shaking workmen on August 20, 1958 in Chicago in this drawing of an incident during the Pullman strike of 1894. (AP Photo)
September 2, 2013 | Blog

Unions fought to win all sorts of benefits for Americans, ranging from widespread employer-sponsored health care to reduced workdays. But this Labor Day, many of these hard-fought benefits are under attack. Continue reading

Yemeni women, center, hold banners during a protest to denounce US drone attacks in Yemen, in front of US embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, April 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
August 16, 2013 | Blog

Despite a promise to reconsider our “perpetual war,” President Obama has escalated the U.S. drone campaign in Yemen — and it’s not winning many hearts and minds on the ground there. Continue reading

From left to right: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, and Jared Bernstein, economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden; listen as President Barack Obama meets with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
August 2, 2013 | Blog

Zaid Jilani takes a look at the Wall Street ties of two economists on President Obama’s shortlist of replacements for Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve. Continue reading