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.

Latest Articles

A Comprehensive Timeline Of Trump's Gold Star Family Debacle

The Trump White House is absolutely consistent on one thing — when attacked or facing a public relations crisis, the president and his staff will never back down, they'll only fight back harder. This has perhaps never been clearer than in the past we…
By Jon Hecht

A White House "Wish List" Was Leaked & It Calls Girls' Education A "Touchy-Feely" Issue

In the first year of the Trump administration, there has perhaps been nothing more consistent than leaks. Often, policy or decisions made by the president or his staff are preempted by the press, with leaks of important documents becoming commonplace…
By Jon Hecht

You Know That Huge Hole In Antarctica? It's Actually Happened Before

On Dec. 11, 1972, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the U.S. government launched an unmanned satellite named Nimbus V, one of the first satellites sent to observe Earth from space. In 1974, researchers were treated to images of Antarctica, …
By Jon Hecht

Tomi Lahren Would Like To Know Why NFL Players Are Kneeling

It's been more than a year since Colin Kaepernick first protested racism and police abuse of people of color back in August 2016, by sitting (and later kneeling) during the national anthem. Since then, his protest has been adopted by dozens of NFL pl…
By Jon Hecht

Trump's Nosedive On The 'Forbes' Rich List Might Be Proof The Presidency Is Killing His Brand

Donald Trump ran for president as a businessman. His argument was simple: His record as a real estate developer and owner of hotels and casinos was more important for running the country than a history in politics. Though details of his assets are im…
By Jon Hecht

Republicans Worry That Trump's Attacks On Obamacare Will Come Back To Haunt Them — REPORT

On Thursday night, President Trump surprised many in Washington, D.C. — including much of his own party — by ending the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies to low-income people the government had been paying as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA…
By Jon Hecht

What Is Sex Therapy & Why Do Powerful Men Think It Can Save Them?

Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused of a series of heinous sexual acts, including trying to trade sex for boosting women's careers, exposing himself to unwilling women, and even rape. (A spokesperson for Weinstein denies accusat…
By Jon Hecht

What To Know About Kirstjen Nielsen, The New Head Of Homeland Security

In late July, President Trump elevated former General John Kelly to be his White House chief of staff. Kelly had previously been secretary of homeland security for the first six months of the Trump administration, and his elevation to the White House…
By Jon Hecht

Mississippi Is Bracing For Hurricane Nate To Make Landfall

The terrible hurricane season of 2017 continues to batter the southeastern region of the United States. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria all dealt historic levels of destruction to the East Texas coast, Florida, and Puerto Rico, respectively, but t…
By Jon Hecht

Tara Roe Smith, One Of The Vegas Victims, Is Remembered As A "Beautiful Soul"

Tara Roe Smith had traveled all the way to Las Vegas from Okotoks, Alberta in Western Canada with her husband, Zach, leaving their two kids in the care of her parents for a weekend getaway. The couple attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival, and were …
By Jon Hecht

ICE Claims It Has "No Choice" But To Conduct Raids Because Of California's Sanctuary State Law

The Trump administration came into office promising to get tough on illegal immigration, and one way it hopes to do so is to crack down on so-called "sanctuary cities," which are municipalities that don't require local law enforcement to participate …
By Jon Hecht

Even The NRA Is Calling For Regulations For The Deadly Gun Attachment Used In Las Vegas

After the shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night, when a man armed with 23 guns and countless rounds of ammunition fired from a hotel window into a crowd of concertgoers and murdered at least 58, the national conversation has predictably turned to the is…
By Jon Hecht

The Majority Of The World Health Organization's New Leadership Team Are Women

After Donald Trump surprised everyone by beating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, you could be forgiven for being worried that the push for women in leadership roles had stalled. But there is of course a massive world out there outs…
By Jon Hecht

San Juan's Mayor Said Trump Came To Puerto Rico For Photo Ops

Puerto Rico is in the midst of dealing with one of the worst humanitarian crises that has hit any part of the United States in recent memory. Almost all of the island still lacks electricity, two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory, an…
By Jon Hecht

Elizabeth Warren Grilled Equifax's CEO In A Senate Hearing & Here Are Her Best Burns

The Equifax data breach, leading to personal and financial data of 143 million people being stolen by hackers, has sparked outrage at the way that financial and tech companies, especially one like Equifax that bases part of its business on protecting…
By Jon Hecht

Repeal & Replace Is Dead: A Definitive Timeline Of Republicans' Zombie Obamacare Bill That No One Can Kill

On Tuesday, Mitch McConnell announced that the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, which seemed like the last chance for Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare, would not make it to a vote. It looks like the attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care…
By Jon Hecht

This New Supreme Court Case Could Make The Poor Even Poorer

One of the few unambiguous accomplishments of the first year of the Trump administration has been the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. After a controversial process where President Obama was stopped from filling the vacant s…
By Jon Hecht

ICE Isn’t Supposed To Detain Pregnant Women, But They’re Doing It Anyway

The American Civil Liberties Union has become one of the most consistent thorns in the side of President Donald Trump. In just the first month of the administration, the group sued the president over his travel ban on seven majority-Muslim countries …
By Jon Hecht

Here's Why This Obscure Law Is Making Puerto Rico's Recovery Efforts Even More Impossible

Puerto Rico is facing a humanitarian crisis in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Nearly all of the island is without power; this has left 3.5 million Americans stranded in the wake of the devastation, with more than a million believed to be without drinki…
By Jon Hecht

Why Trump's Response To Maria Is Not Quite Like Bush's Response To Katrina

The island of Puerto Rico is in bad shape after Hurricane Maria. The U.S. territory, home to over 3.5 million Americans (but not a single vote in either house of Congress), has been out of power for nearly a week, with many of the buildings destroyed…
By Jon Hecht