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Ari Berman

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The .000063% Election

(223) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 9:48 AM

How the Politics of the Super Rich Became American Politics

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At a time when it’s become a cliché to say that Occupy Wall Street has changed the nation’s political conversation -- drawing long overdue attention to the struggles...

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Five Big Ideas for President Obama

(98) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 4:47 PM

On Tuesday, President Obama will deliver a State of the Union Address for his third year in office. It's likely to be the most closely watched of his presidency, as his allies and adversaries alike try to discern how he'll govern in a divided Washington. The president has already made...

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Is Obama the New Comeback Kid?

(224) Comments | Posted December 21, 2010 | 12:46 PM

The ink was barely dry on the Obama-McConnell tax deal and already Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer had proclaimed the president "the new comeback kid." Many in the media quickly echoed this new meme. "Political Rebound? Obama sets up as new Comeback Kid" seconded USA Today....

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What Obama 2010 Can Learn From Obama 2008

(159) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 10:37 AM

In the wake of his party's midterm elections rout, a profusion of political commentators -- including many prominent Democrats -- are urging President Obama to move to the right and focus on wooing Independent voters and Republicans. Obama appears eager to try to appease Republicans in the new...

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Why Dean Won't Challenge Obama in 2012

(160) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 1:02 PM

It was inevitable, following the election, that some major publication would write an article about how Obama will face a primary challenge from the left in 2012. Politico, not surprisingly, got there first, with a column by Roger Simon today wondering whether Howard Dean could defeat Obama.

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The Case for a Smaller Tent Party

(125) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 2:13 PM

My op-ed in the New York Times on Sunday, "Boot the Blue Dogs," which draws on the extensive reporting I did for my new book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, has sparked quite a debate online (and in...

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McCain's Kremlin Connections

(7) Comments | Posted October 6, 2008 | 10:54 AM

With the McCain campaign attacking Barack Obama for his flimsy ties to reformed Weatherman Bill Ayers, it seems especially relevant now to highlight McCain's questionable relationship with his embattled campaign manager, Rick Davis, and Davis' controversial clients. As Mark Ames and I report in a new article in The...

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Bill Clinton's Reagan Legacy

(27) Comments | Posted January 25, 2008 | 2:30 PM

As part of an extended attempt to disingenuously link Barack Obama to Ronald Reagan and the conservative movement, veterans of the Clinton Administration held a conference call to proclaim the 1990s the era of bold new ideas.

"One would think we would all agree that it's the Democrats and not...

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Clinton's Anti-Union Allies

(61) Comments | Posted January 18, 2008 | 5:54 PM

Robert Johnson's nasty comments about Barack Obama earlier this week caused a huge stir in the media. Johnson issued a less-than-convincing clarification and then apologized to Obama on Thursday.

Yet few of the stories on Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and a top surrogate for Clinton...

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Hillary vs. Labor

(22) Comments | Posted June 8, 2007 | 10:52 AM

Hillary Clinton's chief strategist, Mark Penn, is becoming a liability for her campaign. Following the publication of The Nation's article, Hillary Inc., the heads of two large unions wrote a letter to Clinton, first noted in the New York Times this week, expressing their displeasure that Penn's PR...

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Hillary Inc.

(67) Comments | Posted May 18, 2007 | 11:01 AM

Hillary Clinton is great at sounding like a populist. Yet she's not very convincing. If Clinton really wanted to curtail the influence of the powerful, she might start with the advisers to her own campaign, who represent some of the weightiest interests in corporate America.

Her chief strategist, Mark...

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Hillary's Corporate Consultant

(8) Comments | Posted May 8, 2007 | 10:16 AM

As Hillary Clinton charges toward the Democratic nomination for President, her campaign has a coterie of influential advisers. There's her husband, of course. There's former head of the Democratic National Committee Terry McAuliffe. There are A-list policy wonks like former Treasury Secretary Bob Rubin. But perhaps the most important figure...

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Attorneygate, Abramoff & Guam

(4) Comments | Posted March 29, 2007 | 10:09 AM

Before Attorneygate, there was Guam. Back in the spring of 2002, when Guam's then-Governor, Carl Gutierrez, found himself in the cross-hairs of a federal corruption probe, he hired disgraced über-lobbyist Jack Abramoff to force out the US territory's longtime acting US Attorney, Frederick Black. "I don't care if they appoint...

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The New Kerry

(25) Comments | Posted May 15, 2006 | 10:11 AM

Delivering a major address in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall, John Kerry must have felt as though he was back running for President. But on the thirty-fifth anniversary of his stirring testimony before Congress, Kerry was invoking a theme downplayed throughout his 2004 campaign and confronting the issue that bedeviled his...

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Democrats Still Ducking on Iraq

(21) Comments | Posted March 9, 2006 | 3:04 PM

On the advice of top party consultants, many Democrats in the run-up to the 2006 midterm vote are either ignoring Iraq and shifting to domestic issues (the strategy in the 2002 midterm elections) or supporting the war while criticizing Bush's handling of it (the strategy in the 2004 presidential election)....

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Can DOJ Be Trusted with Abramoff?

(29) Comments | Posted February 3, 2006 | 9:48 AM

Now that Jack Abramoff's dealings with members of Congress have drawn criminal indictments, the disgraced lobbyist's ties to the Bush Administration are starting to get attention. Little notice has been paid, however, to the Justice Department, charged with prosecuting Abramoff. Evidence has emerged that the department played an active role...

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Democratic Hawks and the Strategic Class

(5) Comments | Posted August 12, 2005 | 3:57 PM

The prominence of Democratic party leaders like Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton who support the US occupation of Iraq presents the Democrats with an odd dilemma. At a time when the American people are turning against the Iraq War and favor a withdrawal of US troops, why are the leading...

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