Ruth Conniff

Ruth Conniff is editor of The Progressive magazine. Follow her on Twitter: @rconniff

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 7:00am
FBI Tracks Charter Schools
There's been a flood of local news stories in recent months about FBI raids on charter schools all over the country. From Pittsburgh to Baton Rouge , from Hartford to Cincinnati to Albuquerque , FBI agents have been busting into schools, carting off documents, and making arrests leading to high-...
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Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 10:45pm
Water Rights March in Detroit
On Friday, July 18, thousands of people marched through downtown Detroit to call attention to a major public health crisis as the city shuts off the water for residents who are behind on their bills. Chanting, “Fight! Fight! Fight! Water is a human right!” and “Whose water? Our water!” about 5,000...
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Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago's Teachers Union. (Credit: The Progressive) Views
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 8:15am
Brown v. Board of Education at Sixty
On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court struck down the “separate but equal” doctrine, fundamentally changing the life of our nation. The Brown v. Board of Education decision “ignited the spark of courage among the nation’s forces fighting for equality of opportunity for all,” The Progressive...
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Friday, April 25, 2014 - 11:15am
Scathing Report Finds School Privatization Hurt Poor Kids
Gordon Lafer, a political economist and University of Oregon professor who has advised Congress, state legislatures, and the New York City mayor's office, landed at the airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this week bringing with him a briefing paper on school privatization and how it hurts poor kids...
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 12:53pm
Starting Today, Gov. Scott Walker is Officially in Hot Water
Today a court of appeals in Madison, Wisconsin, will release thousands of previously sealed emails that belong to convicted felon and former Scott Walker aide Kelly Rindfleisch.
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 1:24pm
Republicans Are Betting on a Losing Strategy in 2014
Even as 1.3 million unemployed Americans lost their lifeline this weekend, Republican members of Congress were getting excited that their chances for 2014 look good. They are seriously deluded.
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Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 6:35am
Budget Deal Hurts the Unemployed, Misses the Point
The bipartisan budget deal reached Tuesday by House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, and Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, lifts the drastic sequester cuts on military and domestic programs, shifts cuts to other programs, and marks a cease-fire in the budget wars in Washington.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 2:01pm
The Rightwing Attack on Public Employee Pensions
The rightwing argument that public employees bankrupted Detroit is incredible on its face. But it is part of an ominous national push to raid pensions, give away tax dollars to corporations, and impose austerity on regular working people.
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Monday, July 8, 2013 - 2:42pm
Wisconsin Anti-Choice Law Mirrors Texas
On Friday July 5, while Wisconsinites were distracted by the long holiday weekend, Governor Scott Walker held a private ceremony to sign into law an anti-abortion bill that contains the same highly restrictive, medically unnecessary provisions that provoked a filibuster and made national news in Texas. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU immediately filed suit, calling the law unconstitutional and asking for a restraining order to block it.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 7:14am
Pro-choice Women Should Take On Republican Govs
After losing the Presidential election in 2012 thanks to the biggest gender gap in history, Republicans are redoubling their "war on women" program in 2013.
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