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James Downie

MSNBC Opinion Editor

James Downie is a writer and editor for MSNBC Daily. He was an editor and columnist for The Washington Post and has also written for The New Republic and Foreign Policy. He holds a degree in history from Columbia University.

James Downie is a writer and editor for MSNBC Daily. He was an editor and columnist for The Washington Post and has also written for The New Republic and Foreign Policy. He holds a degree in history from Columbia University.

Latest from James Downie

3d ago

Trump’s Michigan victory is not what the polls predicted — and he should be worried

The Michigan Republican primary marks the fourth consecutive GOP contest in which Trump’s final margin has fallen short of pre-contest polling averages.
41d ago

Scared of another Trump presidency? Billionaires suggest you calm down.

The billionaires who attended the 2024 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, don't understand why you’re so worried about Trump.
170d ago

Watch this multi-millionaire CEO say the quiet part out loud about class warfare

Speaking at the Australian Financial Review’s “property summit,” developer and CEO Tim Gurner complained that the country's low unemployment rate was a problem.
173d ago

Naomi Klein's new book hints at a roadmap for Biden's re-election

Klein’s “Doppleganger” is a reminder that the pandemic was a profoundly destabilizing event. Fighting that instability can be Biden’s calling card for 2024.
193d ago

Mike Pence’s farce is our tragedy

Republican Mike Pence is participating in the first GOP debate ahead of the 2024 election Wednesday. But his campaign run is the biggest elephant on stage.
214d ago

Why page 8 of the latest Trump indictment is crucial to Jack Smith’s probe

A crucial part of Jack Smith’s new Trump indictment comes on page 8 of the full document, regarding Trump’s claims about the 2020 election.

Mitch McConnell still doesn’t want to talk about Donald Trump

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell really didn't want to answer questions about Donald Trump's federal indictment or arraignment.
274d ago

Matt Gaetz and his far-right ilk just suffered a pretty rude awakening

Hours before the strong May jobs report, the Senate sent the debt ceiling deal to President Joe Biden, removing Republicans' ability to torpedo the economy.
298d ago

How Biden can unmask Kevin McCarthy with one simple question

As President Biden meets with lawmakers Tuesday about the debt ceiling, Republicans, led by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, insist they want real negotiations.
302d ago

Enough is enough. Clarence Thomas must resign — or be impeached.

Among Clarence Thomas' ethics scandals is a new report that claims conservative activist Leonard Leo arranged for Ginni Thomas to be paid tens of thousands of dollars for consulting work.
313d ago

Kevin McCarthy's clown car is headed right into a debt ceiling crisis

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has finally introduced his debt ceiling bill, and the time to default may be shorter than previously realized.