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Michael Winship is senior writer of Moyers & Company and, president of the Writers Guild of America, East, and former senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos.

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Daesh/ISIS Is Not Israel's Problem -- For Now

(11) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 7:37 AM

Maybe I didn't get the memo, but I hadn't heard the word "Daesh" used to describe ISIS until our recent trip to Israel and Jordan. Now, since the attacks in Paris, even President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry have been saying it.

As The Guardian explained earlier this year,...

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A Letter from the President of the Writers Guild, East

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 11:40 AM

Dear Colleague at The Huffington Post:

I have watched the growth of The Huffington Post since its creation in 2005, and since 2008 have been a featured blogger on the site, either on my own or with Bill Moyers. A few months before I became a contributor, I was elected...

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In Israel, Searching for Sanity

(100) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 6:46 PM

The Israeli journalist and TV producer Avi Issacharoff looked around our Tel Aviv meeting room and sighed. "The reality is so complex to understand, it's so difficult, that for someone who comes from abroad, it's Mission Impossible," he said.

I was someone from abroad, he was describing his homeland, and...

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When the Rich Took Over Our Neighborhood

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 7:43 AM

The Chinese restaurant across the street from me -- one of the last reasonably priced joints in the neighborhood -- closed last weekend. Their lease was up for renewal and the rent increased from $5,000 a month to $25,000.

Such an enormous jump isn't unusual here in the West Village,...

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The Night the Candidates Were Speechless

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 8:35 AM

The convergence of Tuesday night's broadcast interruption during the first game of the World Series -- caused by an electronics failure and power outage -- and Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate brings to mind one of the most memorable TV snafus in history: the 27-minute loss of audio during the...

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The Paradox of Paul Ryan: Why the Tea Party's Right to Be Wary

(69) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 9:09 AM

Only in a world where Cosmopolitan magazine can declare the Kardashians "America's First Family" and the multi-billionaire loose cannon Donald Trump is perceived by millions as the potential steward of our nuclear arsenal could about-to-be Speaker of the House Paul Ryan be savaged as insufficiently right-wing.


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The Trade Creature Walks Among Us!

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 10:10 AM

Die, monster, die! Every time you think that beast called the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- TPP for short -- is finished, it comes back like a bad penny; or in this case, trillions and trillions and trillions of bad pennies.

A few weeks ago, talks in Maui collapsed and the massive...

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Who's the Guy in the White Suit Next to All Those Billionaires?

(37) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 8:44 AM

Many of you know the words: "And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." So sayeth Jesus in the New Testament's Book of Matthew, Chapter 19,...

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The Pope Smokes Out Congress on Climate Change

(221) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 12:37 PM

The funniest line of the last few days came from Arizona's Republican Congressman Paul Gosar.

Resentful that Pope Francis might blaspheme the sacred chamber of the World's Greatest Deliberative Body with some inconvenient truth about global warming, Gosar announced he would boycott the Holy Father's visit to Capitol Hill. He...

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Congress Is a Confederacy of Dunces

(170) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 8:40 AM

Already we're deep into September and Congress has reconvened in Washington, prompting many commentators to compare its return after summer's recess to that of fresh-faced students coming back to school, sharpening their pencils, ready to learn, be cooperative and prepared for something new.

This, of course, is where the analogy...

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The August Day Mark Twain Met Donald Trump

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 9:43 PM

How I spent my summer vacation -- part of it, at least. One weekend in August, my girlfriend Pat and I went upstate to visit my sister, also named Patricia, and while there took a field trip to Elmira, New York.

We were on bit of a pilgrimage. Mark Twain,...

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Hillary Clinton's Wall Street Address

(30) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 12:49 PM

"Perfect! Perfect!" exclaimed a woman looking around at the Four Freedoms Park on New York City's Roosevelt Island as a large crowd waited for Hillary Clinton to announce her presidential candidacy last weekend.

And so it was. Secretary Clinton had chosen an ideal setting to link her destiny to the...

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Slam the Door on Fast-Track!

(79) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 8:05 AM

Finally! At last! Bipartisan collaboration in Washington -- and what a beaut! President Obama, the Republican Party, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, K Street lobbyists and giant multinational companies are all singing "Kumbaya" and working together to shove through Congress the fast-track legislation that will grease the...

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Turn Left on Main Street

(189) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 3:41 PM

Congressman John K. Delaney, what the hell are you talking about?

In a recent Washington Post op-ed piece, headlined, "The last thing America needs? A left-wing version of the Tea Party," the Democratic congressman from Maryland scolds progressives and expresses his worry "about where some of the loudest voices in...

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Kent State and the Frisbee Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 2:03 AM

Thinking I'd write a piece on the 45th anniversary of the deaths at Kent State, I realized I'd already written it -- five years ago. There's not a lot I'd change in this, although there's some comfort in the knowledge that unemployment has dropped from the 9.9 percent of 2010,...

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Populism2015: Construction Crew for Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 8:03 AM

To the blare of sounding brass and booming drums, some 800 activists and community organizers from around the country recently converged on Washington, D.C. We are living, breathing proof, they announced, that if we can't get change from our representatives in the capital, we'll bring it to them, and work...

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Living the High Life After Congress

(79) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 9:29 AM

As the latest chapter in the curious saga of Congressman Aaron "Fly Me" Schock recently came to an end, there was an unintentionally, darkly comic moment. It happened just after the Downton Abbey fanboy announced his resignation from the House of Representatives.

In an interview, his father, Dr. Richard...

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Netanyahu's 'Us or Them' Is Nothing But Trouble

(72) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 8:19 AM

For a long time now, American political consultants have benefited from a lucrative sideline, selling their alleged expertise to politicians in Israel. (It was Democratic strategist James Carville who, after working on a campaign for former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, joked that the key to victory in Israel was who...

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Albert Maysles, RIP

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 9:01 AM

A word about documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, who died last week. He was, as New Yorker film journalist and essayist Richard Brody aptly wrote, "one of the crucial artists of modern documentary filmmaking -- or, simply, one of the most important filmmakers of the past half-century."


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Netanyahu Speaks, Money Talks

(324) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 8:29 AM

Everything you need to know about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress Tuesday was the presence in the visitor's gallery of one man -- Sheldon Adelson.

The gambling tycoon is the Godfather of the Republican Right. The party's presidential hopefuls line up to kiss his assets, scraping and...

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