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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How This Senate Rule Just Killed The GOP's Push To Defund Planned Parenthood

In the process of drafting their health care bill to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, Republicans included a provision that made the bill even more controversial — a ban on federal funds being used to ...
By Jon Hecht

Anthony Scaramucci Deletes Anti-Trump Tweets In An Attempt At "Full Transparency"

Donald Trump has a new communications director, after months of turmoil in his communications shop that resulted in Friday's resignation of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. On Saturday the new...
By Jon Hecht

Ron Goldman's Family Thinks O.J. Simpson Should Stay Behind Bars

In the latest step of a saga that has been going on for more than two decades, O.J. "Juice" Simpson was granted parole by the state of Nevada on Thursday after serving nine years of his sentence for r...
By Jon Hecht

Donald Trump Has The Lowest Approval Rating Of Any New President

In a country that traces its origins back to an angry letter directed at the king of England, there's been a long tradition of calling the current commander in chief the "Worst President Ever." And, s...
By Jon Hecht

What Will Sean Spicer Do Next?

In the midst of ongoing turmoil within the White House, long-suffering White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has resigned, reportedly over the hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communicati...
By Jon Hecht

Trump Has Reportedly Been Asking Aides If He Can Pardon Himself

The investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice for that investigation by the president himself has only gotten more serious since former FBI Director Ro...
By Jon Hecht

Arnelle Simpson, O.J.'s Daughter, Returns For His Parole Hearing

With O.J. Simpson up for parole on Thursday, the whole cast of characters from the infamous 1994-1995 murder trial have come roaring back into the spotlight. Not only is Simpson himself back, but pros...
By Jon Hecht

Christopher Darden Says He Still Wants To See O.J Simpson "In Handcuffs"

After more than 20 years in the national consciousness, the long legal saga of O.J. Simpson continues this week, with the former Buffalo Bills running back facing a parole hearing on Thursday. It's pa...
By Jon Hecht

This Sounds Crazy, But We Shouldn't Impeach Trump

New revelations about Donald Trump Jr.'s explicit desire to get information from the Russian government hurting Hillary Clinton in the midst of a covert campaign by Russian espionage to influence the ...
By Jon Hecht

Here's Exactly What Would Need To Happen For Trump To Be Impeached

On Wednesday, a Democratic Congressman filed articles of impeachment against President Trump. The move comes in the midst of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election that has a...
By Jon Hecht

Trump And Macron Shared A Never-Ending Handshake & Here's The Weird Video We Can't Stop Watching

In what has become an almost rote part of Donald Trump's meetings with foreign leaders, the U.S. president had an incredibly bizarre handshake with Emmanuel Macron. It was not so much a handshake as a...
By Jon Hecht

Donald Trump Jr.'s Infamous Meeting Also Had An Ex-Soviet Intelligence Officer In Attendance — REPORT

Earlier this week, Donald Trump Jr. revealed that he, along with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and current White House aide Jared Kushner, had met with a Russian lawyer who works as a l...
By Jon Hecht

Here Are The Changes In The New Senate Health Care Bill

After their initial attempt at passing a bill to repeal or replace Obamacare, on Thursday Republicans unveiled a new Senate health care bill. Like the previous Senate bill, the new version of the Bett...
By Jon Hecht

Republicans Are Already Profiting Off Their Health Care Bill

The Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act has not proved to be popular among most of the Americans it would directly affect, but according to a report by The Intercept, the Republican la...
By Jon Hecht

Here's What Putin Said He Told Trump About Russian Election Interference

Friday saw the first meeting between President Trump and President Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, and the two world leaders came out of it with conflicting outcomes from their discussion...
By Jon Hecht

Trump Asked Putin About Election Meddling

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had their first direct bilateral meeting on Friday, speaking for over two hours at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. According to Secretary of St...
By Jon Hecht

Here's What Trump & Putin Said About Each Other At Their Photo Op

In what was one of the most highly anticipated events in modern diplomatic history, President Trump held a sit-down with Putin before their G20 bilateral meeting on Friday. "It is an honor to be with ...
By Jon Hecht

Trump Claims That "Everyone" At G20 Is Talking About The U.S. Election

President Trump is in Hamburg, Germany, for the G20 meeting on Friday, along with the leaders of 19 other world powers. And the American leader is letting his thoughts be known back home through his u...
By Jon Hecht

How Trump Is Widening The Rift Between The Supreme Court & Americans

A Supreme Court ruling on Pavan v. Smith last week has raised alarm among progressives about the direction that the court, led by a conservative majority, is heading. Justice Neil Gorsuch, who wrote a...
By Jon Hecht

How To Find A "Stop Trumpcare" Sit-In Near You

The fight against Republicans' attempts to repeal Obamacare continued with several "Stop Trumpcare" sit-ins in states across the country on Thursday. The Senate health care bill was delayed from comin...
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