Ruth Conniff

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

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Friday, July 29, 2016
Fight Over Fracking Heats Up at the Democratic Convention
On Wednesday, POLITICO hosted a panel on energy at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute, a trade association of the oil and gas industry. The group, whose members include EXXONMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP, and Shell, lobbies against federal...
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
DNC 2016: Worlds Collide as Bernie Meets Hillary
Democratic convention got off to a rocky start, as Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz abruptly announced plans to step down just as delegates from around the country were arriving in Philadelphia on Sunday. Leaked emails had revealed Wasserman Schultz and her staff making...
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Monday, July 04, 2016
Global Trade: What's A Good Progressive To Do?
It must have given the earnest wonks at the Economic Policy Institute a bit of a start when Donald Trump touted their research in a speech courting white, working-class voters by criticizing NAFTA and U.S. trade policy with China . EPI president Lawrence Mishel was moved to respond in a blog post...
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Friday, July 01, 2016
Rightwing vs. Leftwing Populists on Global Trade
It must have given the earnest wonks at the Economic Policy Institute a bit of a start when Donald Trump touted their research in a speech courting white, working-class voters by criticizing NAFTA and U.S. trade policy with China . EPI president Lawrence Mishel was moved to respond in a blog post...
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Friday, May 20, 2016
Ralph Nader's Democracy Crusade
Fifty years ago, Ralph Nader published Unsafe at Any Speed , the book that exposed General Motors, changed the government’s approach to auto safety, and launched a thousand public-interest crusades. Smart college grads who could have made big bucks on Wall Street or in corporate law firms were...
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Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Rust Belt Upset Puts Sanders Back in the Game
It was a big upset for Bernie Sanders. Polls showed him down by twenty points against Hillary Clinton in Michigan. His win, delivered by Michigan voters on Tuesday night was a blow to conventional wisdom. “I want to thank the people of Michigan who repudiated the polls which had us down 20 to 25...
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Monday, February 08, 2016
Hillary, Bernie, and the Progressive Question
It was fascinating to watch Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders duke it out in the New Hampshire debate over who is a progressive. With young voters overwhelmingly supporting Sanders’s call for a “political revolution,” and Clinton objecting to being called “the establishment candidate,” it is clear...
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Iowans Vote for Revolution, Reject Establishment
The Hillary Clinton/Bernie Sanders tie in the Iowa caucuses made it official: Voters are fed up with the political establishment. Hillary, who finished ahead by a tiny margin in the closest Iowa Democratic caucus in history , did her best to present the results as a win, telling supporters at her “...
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015
In Debate, Hillary and Bernie Define Two Poles
It was, as Martin O’Malley said, a very different debate from the Republicans’: no racist remarks, not immigrant-bashing, no attacks on women, no clowning or pandering to religious bigotry, and a much more serious policy discussion. In their closing remarks, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton...
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Sunday, October 04, 2015
Watching Republicans Flail is not a Strategy
It’s pretty amazing to watch the disaster unfolding in the Republican Party on both the home front and the national stage. Scott Walker, the “unintimidated” governor, has returned from the triumphant launch of his presidential campaign with his tail between his legs, House Speaker John Boehner is...
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