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Michael Winship

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  • YubaNet
  • AlterNet
  • HuffPost
  • BillMoyers.com
  • HNN
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Recent articles by Michael:

Healthcare Reformer Wendell Potter: The For-Profit 'System Is Unraveling'

A business group comes out swinging on behalf of Medicare for All... With the word “whistleblower” spinning through news cycle after news cycle these last few days, every headline about Trump, Giuliani and Ukraine is a powerful reminder that the whistleblower is a proud tradition in the United States, one that merits our support and protection. → Read More

Democratic Debate's Top Ten in Texas

Well, as CNN’s Jake Tapper told Stephen Colbert Thursday night after the Democratic presidential debate, one thing’s for certain: Beto O’Rourke isn’t leaving the race to run for the US Senate from Texas.Not after what he said about guns.“Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” he declared. “We’re not going to allow it to be used against a fellow American → Read More

Michael Winship: Please Shut Up, Mr. President, and Read Some Books

Sept. 3, 2019 – Amidst a roiling hurricane and another fusillade of Texas gunshots, like many, I was struck by a statement in the new memoir, Call Sign Chaos, written by former Trump Defense Secretary James Mattis with former Reagan Assistant Defense Secretary Bing West. Both men began their careers of public service as US Marines. They write, “If you haven’t read hundreds of books, you are… → Read More

Please grow up, Mr. President, and read some books

Amidst a roiling hurricane and another fusillade of Texas gunshots, like many, I was struck by a statement in the new memoir, Call Sign Chaos, written by former Trump Defense Secretary James Mattis with former Reagan Assistant Defense Secretary Bing West. Both men began their careers of public servi → Read More

Please Shut Up, Mr. President, and Read Some Books

EB White and James Thurber could teach Trump—and us—a thing or two... Amidst a roiling hurricane and another fusillade of Texas gunshots, like many, I was struck by a statement in the new memoir, Call Sign Chaos, written by former Trump Defense Secretary James Mattis with former Reagan Assistant Defense Secretary Bing West. Both men began their careers of public service as US Marines. → Read More

Trump’s entire worldview is a nut job conspiracy theory

Once upon a time, when I first was writing for newspapers and magazines, because I was the junior guy in the rotation, one of my many beats was the conspiracy theorists—in those days, mostly small, cult-like groups with some truly bizarre ideas. One Thanksgiving weekend, I was assigned to cover a → Read More

Trump’s Entire Worldview Is a Nut Job Conspiracy Theory

"Why is everybody always picking on me?".. Once upon a time, when I first was writing for newspapers and magazines, because I was the junior guy in the rotation, one of my many beats was the conspiracy theorists—in those days, mostly small, cult-like groups with some truly bizarre ideas. → Read More

Michael Winship: Mueller at the Congressional Ramparts

July 26, 2019 – At the end of Wednesday’s marathon appearances by special counsel Robert Mueller, I looked over at the American flag that flies across the street from my apartment building. It looked more bedraggled than usual, as if it had just endured one of those cringe-inducing Donald Trump flag hugs and now faced the Walk of Shame. But still it waved, tattered as it may be these days, and… → Read More

Trump, Go Back Where You Came From

Don't let this presidential pickpocket use cruel verbal assaults to distract you from the truth.. Every presidential election year, Frontline, the superb investigative TV series on PBS, produces an in-depth look at the Democratic and Republican candidates. It’s called “The Choice,” and invariably offers some insights that likely you won’t see anywhere else. → Read More

Michael Winship: Trump’s Big, Wet Fourth of July Picnic

July 5, 2019 – On March 12, 1938, the vaunted German army was to make its triumphant entry into Austria—the infamous Anschluss by which a compliant Austrian government surrendered to the Nazis without a shot. A grand parade of the Third Reich’s might was scheduled for the Austrian capital Vienna but the army’s tanks were not as invincible as the generals bragged. They quickly broke down,… → Read More

Over Two Nights, Democrats Start Building the Wall Against Trump

You somehow know that when Donald Trump, our nation’s juvenile lead, sent out his one word tweet—“BORING!”—during the first of the two Democratic presidential debates this week, he probably really was bored. That’s because the candidates were talking about some real policy ideas, for which we know he has the attention span of an intellectually challenged mayfly, the insect who → Read More

The US Senate of Mitch the Impaler

Comparisons are odious, Shakespeare wrote, and maybe so, but these days, virtually everything to do with Washington has become so foul-smelling that a mere comparison now and then seems like a tiptoe through the tulips.Comparisons: Recently, Donald Trump has been referred to as Fat Nixon, although I see him more in the mold of moldy old Andrew Johnson; corrupt, racist and → Read More

Here’s what Ben Franklin teaches us about impeaching Donald Trump – A

Like Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin is one of those great Americans to whom sparkling aphorisms are attributed that may or may not be true. The Internet has only made matters worse. A favorite quote, which I always assumed was Franklin’s, appears not to be, at least as far as I can tell. I ma → Read More

Enough Hesitation, House: Impeach

Like Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin is one of those great Americans to whom sparkling aphorisms are attributed that may or may not be true. The Internet has only made matters worse.A favorite quote, which I always assumed was Franklin’s, appears not to be, at least as far as I can tell. I made a cursory and unsuccessful Google search of various editions of his famous Poor → Read More

Trump's Upcoming Yankee Doodle Disaster

Years ago, I was interviewing the college roommate of a famous politician who told the story of being sent to a shop by the pol to pick up a large impressive trophy. It would be presented at an official school dinner that night. Is this for the university president, the roommate asked? No, the politician replied, without missing a beat, it's for me. | By Michael Winship → Read More

The Curse of Donald Trump

Our ex-presidents should come forward to try to break the spell.. I know that everyone’s talking about the final episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones and some are comparing our current woes to the battle for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. → Read More

A compelling case to impeach Trump’s sorry ass — now – A

The GOP is the party of overlook; Democrats must be the party of oversight... Over the course of my dusty television career, I have from time to time run into situations where a certain Hollywood celebrity type will make a threat -- not to do interviews or make public appearances on behalf of a show → Read More

Impeach His Sorry Ass Now

Over the course of my dusty television career, I have from time to time run into situations where a certain Hollywood celebrity type will make a threat—not to do interviews or make public appearances on behalf of a show, for example—unless some egregious demand of his or hers is met.It’s a trap. Even if you meet their demand, my experience has been that they still won’t do → Read More

Bill Barr’s blizzard of Mueller lies resulted in near instant humiliation – so why’d he do it? – A

Ladies and gentlemen, today’s Final Jeopardy question in the category Lost Americans: Where was Special Counsel Robert Mueller? → Read More

Don’t let the Ilhan Omar fight hide these two essential truths

The other night, I was watching an NBC News report on the thousands of endangered red-crowned cranes whose migration route takes them through the DMZ between North and South Korea. Amidst land mines and other dangers, they somehow manage to survive. Right now, I feel a little bit like one of thos → Read More