Ruth Conniff

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

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Friday, May 20, 2016 - 3:15pm
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 9, 2016 - 5:15pm
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 8, 2016 - 2:45pm
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 3, 2016 - 10:00am
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 - 11:15am
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 4, 2015 - 3:00pm
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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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 1:30pm
The Battle Over Education and Civil Rights
“This is a historic moment to end 13 years of legislative malpractice” NEA president Lily Eskelsen Garcia says of the federal K12 education law that Congress is currently hashing out. Congress has failed to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ever since George Bush rewrote the...
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Monday, June 22, 2015 - 12:15pm
As the School Year Ends, Public Education is in Doubt
School is out for the summer, and kids are overjoyed. But across the country, the future of public education is in serious jeopardy . Where will public schools be in a year? Here is a quick primer on some of the key issues that relate to the fundamental question: Will America maintain or destroy...
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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 3:00pm
#BoycottIndiana Turns Up the Heat
The threat of a nationwide boycott on the eve of the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament sent Republicans in Indiana scrambling to amend their anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Now Governor Mike Pence, who signed the Act last week, has signed an amendment that specifically declares...
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Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:30am
The Growing Progressive Movement to Save Public Education
All over the country, a growing movement of parents, teachers, and students is rising up against over-testing, school closings, and shady schemes that channel public funds into private schools. Saving public education is shaping up to be a key issue in the 2016 Presidential campaign. In a front-...
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