Jon Hecht
Jon is a politics junkie living in Brooklyn. He talks too much with too many opinions, and sometimes even writes out those for you to read. He is having trouble spending waking moments not thinking about the election. There is usually a part of his brain thinking about polling averages in Ohio.

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NATO's 9/11 Memorial Provides The Closest Thing To Comfort For Victims' Families

As part of his first visit abroad since taking office, Donald Trump dedicated a 9/11 Memorial before the leaders of NATO at the organization's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Comprised of a piece o...
By Jon Hecht

Why High Schooler Daisy Confoy Called Out Her Congressman

This moment in America has created a wave of citizen engagement with politics. In no way has that become more clear than in the overheated town hall events where politicians have met with their often ...
By Jon Hecht

How To Talk To Children About The Manchester Attack

People around the world are still reeling from the deadly attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England that claimed at least 22 lives and injured dozens more, according to the local polic...
By Jon Hecht

Trump Impeachment Buzz Has A Silver Lining For Republicans

The past week has been among the more tumultuous in recent U.S. political history. In the wake of the president firing FBI Director James Comey last week, there have been a number of bombshell revelat...
By Jon Hecht

Trump Supporters Would Make President Pence's Life Hell, According To Experts

In the midst of what is perhaps the most scandal-plagued week of Donald Trump's young but already scandal-plagued presidency, discussion in Washington, D.C. has actually turned to the rarest and most ...
By Jon Hecht

Impeaching Donald Trump Won’t Fix The Country

On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that, according to a memo written by James Comey in February, President Donald Trump asked the then-FBI director to end the investigation of former national sec...
By Jon Hecht

West Virginia Doesn't Think Attacking Two Guys For Kissing Is A Hate Crime

In a blow to efforts to expand protections for LGBTQ Americans under the law, West Virginia's Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday 3-2 in favor of the defense in appeal on West Virginia v. Butler. The case...
By Jon Hecht

Teen Girls Would Pay The Ultimate Price Under The AHCA

Since narrowly passing in the House of Representatives last week, the American Health Care Act has been assailed by critics from numerous angles. Democrats have accused Republicans of simply crafting ...
By Jon Hecht

How Trump's Administration Just Made Sexual Assault Survivors Targets For Discrimination

On Thursday, Republicans in the House of Representatives succeeded at something they'd failed at less than two months ago — they passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Since the previous attempt...
By Jon Hecht

Dear Ivanka, Poor Women Can't Afford To Have Planned Parenthood Cut Abortions From Its General Care

According to a profile of Ivanka Trump in The New York Times published Monday, the first daughter tried using the art of the deal when it came to Planned Parenthood and government support. According t...
By Jon Hecht

Hillary Clinton Isn't Tired Of Trolling Trump

On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton spoke at the Women For Women International luncheon. According to the press release for the event, the theme of the interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour was "women, pea...
By Jon Hecht

What Obama Did For Women In His First 100 Days Vs. Trump

Of all the ways that President Donald Trump differentiated himself from his opponent Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, perhaps none was more clear than on women's issues. Clinton ...
By Jon Hecht

The Struggles Of Afghan Women Go Well Beyond U.S. Bombs

On April 13, the U.S. military bombed what they believed to be ISIS fighters in caves in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, using a GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast bomb (commonly nicknamed th...
By Jon Hecht

The Women Leading The March For Science Prove The Future Under Trump Is Female

On Jan. 21, millions of people across not only the United States but the entire world took to the streets under the umbrella of the Women's March. The overwhelming success of the Women's March is livi...
By Jon Hecht

Trump Supporters Share Why They're Eternally Optimistic, Despite 100 Days Of Setbacks

Despite the most high-minded of predictions he would lose, Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. He defied naysayers and statisticians in no small part because of the power of a motivated a...
By Jon Hecht

This Millennial Activist Believes Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Will Happen, Even Under Trump

A few years ago, it looked like the Republican party was starting to change its tune on criminal justice. After groups like Black Lives Matter brought the issue of policing into the mainstream, and th...
By Jon Hecht

These Republicans Believe Trump Can Help Stop Climate Change

Donald Trump didn't run for president with a promise of fixing climate change. In fact, before becoming president, Trump repeatedly denied the existence of climate change. During the election, he prom...
By Jon Hecht

Devin Nunes Steps Down From Russia Investigation

On Thursday, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Devin Nunes recused himself from the Russian election probe. This comes in reaction to the House Ethics Committee opening ...
By Jon Hecht

Democrats Have Filibustered Neil Gorsuch

Sticking to their pledge to do so, Senate Democrats on Thursday sustained a filibuster against Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. The final vote to end debate (which requires 60 votes...
By Jon Hecht

North Carolina's New Pro-Choice Bill May Fix Its Worst Abortion Restrictions

In June of last year, the Supreme Court's Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt decision struck down Texas' House Bill 2 (HB 2). That legislation levied what reproductive rights advocates argued were bu...
By Jon Hecht

Pro-Choice Pioneers You've Never Heard Of

It's been more than 40 years since Roe v. Wade, but abortion access remains as controversial as ever. And it's clear that the pro-choice movement would never have gotten this far without people fighti...
By Jon Hecht

Donald Trump's Kids Are The New Clinton Foundation

I got an email Monday afternoon with the subject line: "Big League Christmas Deal Inside." As you may have guessed by the adjective we've become used to this year, the email was from DonaldJTrump.com,...
By Jon Hecht

"Never My President" Is Not Good Enough

Now that the Electoral College has voted, there is no more ambiguity — Donald Trump really will become president on Jan. 20. But for some of his opponents, even if he is officially the president of th...
By Jon Hecht

Who Did Washington's Faithless Electors Vote For?

After a series of pushes to get members of the Electoral College to vote their conscience, Donald Trump has won the necessary votes from the voting body to make him the next president of the United St...
By Jon Hecht

Muhammad Abdurrahman Tried To Go Rogue

Muhammad Abdurrahman walked into Minnesota's Capitol building on Dec. 19 and voted for Bernie Sanders for president. Of course, the Vermont senator was not on the Minnesota ballot for president on Nov...
By Jon Hecht

The Quickest Way To End The Electoral College

Despite numerous pleas to the contrary, the 538 electors meeting in their various states on Monday will probably vote in Donald Trump as president, as expected. But with Trump losing the popular vote ...
By Jon Hecht

The Real Reason Electors Won't Deny Trump

Monday is Electoral College day. Just over a month after America voted, the 538 electors of the various states will officially determine the next president. The electors will almost certainly choose D...
By Jon Hecht

Tom Perez Has Too Much Potential For The DNC

On Thursday the outgoing labor secretary of the Obama administration, Tom Perez, announced his candidacy for Democratic National Committee chair. He comes several weeks after the most-high profile asp...
By Jon Hecht

The Aftermath Of A Policy-Free Election

There are a lot of memories of the 2016 election burned into our minds forever. However, very few involved detailed policy proposals from the president-elect. Donald Trump's campaign strategy was ofte...
By Jon Hecht

Trump's Unpopularity Matters In Unexpected Ways

Donald Trump won the presidency while losing the popular vote by a bigger margin than any president has since 1876. But as we all know, the presidency isn't chosen by the popular vote, but by the elec...
By Jon Hecht

9 Times Republicans Told The Truth On Trump

The day after after Donald Trump won the 2016 election, bringing with him victories in Congress that kept both houses in Republican control, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said, "Trump will lead a uni...
By Jon Hecht

What You Can Do To Help Syrian Civil War Victims

The Syrian Civil War, which has managed to hit another level of awfulness. On Monday and Tuesday, pro-Assad forces fiercely bombed Aleppo, affecting tens of thousands of civilians stuck in the city. T...
By Jon Hecht

What Happened In Aleppo Before The Ceasefire

Monday night and Tuesday, the Syrian military bombed a significant portion of Eastern Aleppo, in one of the most horrific periods of the months-long siege. According to reports from the United Nations...
By Jon Hecht

For The First Time, I'm Scared About Anti-Semitism

Every year at Passover, there's a song that Jews sing around the Seder table. The words translate to: "Every generation, they rise up to destroy us, but the Holy One, Blessed Be He, saves us from thei...
By Jon Hecht

Trump Is Doing What He Vilified Clinton For

During her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton (rightfully, I believe) got in hot water for a story reported by ABC News about a major donor to the Clinton Foundation, Rajiv K. Fernando, who got a ...
By Jon Hecht

Trump's Tweet Actually Did (Albeit Brief) Damage

Of the many, many, many ways that Donald Trump's presidency is shaping up to be the complete opposite of Barack Obama's, perhaps the clearest is in their speaking styles. The 44th president is known f...
By Jon Hecht

Which States Have Electoral College Voting Laws?

On Dec. 19, electors in 50 states and Washington, D.C. will convene to vote for the president. Their votes will then be officially counted and read into the congressional record on Jan. 6. If all goes...
By Jon Hecht

Republicans Are Getting Skittish About Health Care

With Republicans starting 2017 with control of both the executive and legislative branches of government, one would think that many aspects of our health care system would be on the road to privatizat...
By Jon Hecht

Trump Is Trolling Us With His Foreign Properties

In the three weeks since Donald Trump was elected president, many of us have scrambled to try to anticipate what his presidency will actually be like. To me, it's increasingly clear that a major part ...
By Jon Hecht

I Really Hope Romney Is Trump's Secretary Of State

I voted against Mitt Romney in 2012. I didn't think he would be as good of a choice for the presidency as another term of Barack Obama. I stand by that choice, though I do often wonder about an altern...
By Jon Hecht