Elizabeth Bruenig

Elizabeth Bruenig

Elizabeth Bruenig is an opinion columnist at The Washington Post.

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Reporters raise their hands to ask questions as President Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House after a meeting with congressional leaders on Jan. 4 in Washington. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP) Views
Friday, January 11, 2019
Fact-Checking Has Flourished. But It’s More Complicated Than It Looks
Our chaotic political moment seems to have cast doubt on the trustworthiness of almost any information emanating from anywhere. As a result, the fact-checking trend in journalism — an externalized form of the procedures journalists apply to their own work all the time — has flourished in the past...
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Sunday, December 16, 2018
My Advice to Progressives: Don't Back Down
A reductive, but not incorrect view of the Democratic debacle in the 2016 elections holds that when President Trump took office, centrists lost the present and leftists lost the future. In 2020, Democrats will have a new opportunity to either reach backward for the Obama era, or to lay the...
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Thursday, December 06, 2018
Why This Progressive Texan Can't Get Excited About Beto O'Rourke
If only the electric chill in the air were an augur of fast-approaching holidays and not the static generated by so many Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls jockeying for the attention of party leaders and donors. Alas, with 2019 less than a month away, 2020 has already begun, and with it the...
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Sunday, August 19, 2018
It's Time to Reclaim 'Socialism' From the Dirty-Word Category
A Gallup poll this month found that Democrats are warming up to the idea of socialism — or at least to the word. While 57 percent of Democrats polled said they view socialism positively, only 47 percent said the same of capitalism, down from 56 percent in 2016. Republicans, meanwhile, remain pretty...
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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Evil Walked the Earth in Pennsylvania
In divinity school I learned that a priest represents God to his congregation and represents his congregation to God. We were gathered in a small parlor on an early spring afternoon, with cool sun filtering in slant on the table. How enormously important this arrangement seemed to me at the time —...
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An oil-soaked bird struggles against the side of a supply vessel at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP) Views
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Cruelty Without Consequence Is Trump’s Way
In the late 1930s, Gwendolen Howard left her seat in a London orchestra for a little house in the south of England, which she named Bird Cottage. There, she invited native birds to join her with gifts of bread, cheese, peanuts and currants — war rations, as the years wore on — and observed her...
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Thursday, July 05, 2018
Conservatives Will Always Call Socialists Hypocrites. Ignore Them.
Shortly after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old democratic socialist, pulled off a surprise left-flank victory over incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley in a New York congressional primary last week, pictures of her childhood home began appearing on social media. The grainy image of the small blue...
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"Nothing that happens so often can be thought of as anything but routine." (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Friday, February 16, 2018
The Latest Schoolhouse Slaughter Shows We Have Been Defeated
Nothing symbolizes the foreclosure of the future like the slaughter of a nation’s young. And it’s so routine now — there have been at least eight this year at a school or college where someone was injured or killed — that attention will quickly fade, as it does with subjects one doesn’t intend to...
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Ivanka Trump with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Capitol Hill in June 2017. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) Views
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Trump’s Paid Family Leave Plan Would Punish Those Who Choose To Have Kids
Early in the fifth century, the theologian Saint Augustine of Hippo noted something about families and society that, in his era, was simply conventional wisdom : “After the city, or political community, comes the world, following the convention that treats the household, city, and world as three...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Trump's Solution to America's Crisis: Nationalism
The State of the Union address is more than a steward’s report on budgets, legislative priorities and his executive agenda; it is an opportunity for a sermon, and sermons mean more than what they express in words. The ceremony of it all is crucial, as is the presence of all three branches of...
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