David Sirota, who graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1998, is at the center of the national debate about the future of the Democratic Party. As a political strategist, Sirota has helped populist Democrats win elections in some of the most conservative parts of America. As a writer, he has worked to expose how our government has been corrupted by Big Money.
Sirota has served as the press secretary for Independent Rep. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as the spokesman for the U.S. House Appropriations Committee Democrats, and as a fellow at the Center for American Progress. He most recently served as a senior strategist helping Brian Schweitzer become Montana’s first Democratic governor in sixteen years.
In addition to serving as a senior editor at In These Times, Sirota is a regular contributor to The Nation and The American Prospect,, he has been a guest on, among others, National Public Radio, CNN, MSNBC and the Colbert Report. Additionally, his work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, and the Charlotte Observer.
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Features · March 30, 2015
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Features · March 13, 2015
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If we don't strengthen oversight over investments like private equity now, we could have a disaster on our hands in the not-so-distant future. MORE
Features · February 27, 2015
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Features · February 20, 2015
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Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón says American political groups opposed to undocumented immigration are actually encouraging immigrants in the U.S. to stay. MORE
Features · February 13, 2015
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President Barack Obama's administration has come under criticism due to its unwillingness to release the full text of the prospective TPP agreement between the United States and 11 Asian nations. MORE
Features · February 6, 2015
Big Tax Bills for the Poor, Tiny Ones for the Rich
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Features · January 23, 2015
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Features · January 16, 2015
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The only thing more awkward than the New Jersey governor and presidential hopeful's hug with the widely despised billionaire owner: Christie may have been breaking the law while doing it. MORE
Features · January 9, 2015
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Features · December 26, 2014