Ruth Conniff

Ruth Conniff

Ruth Conniff is Editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Examiner. She formerly served as Editor-in-chief of The Progressive Magazine, and opened the Progressive’s office in Washington, DC, during the Clinton Administration, where she made her debut as a political pundit on CNN’s Capital Gang Sunday and Fox News. Se moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, for a year in 2017, where she covered U.S./Mexico relations, the migrant caravan, and Mexico’s efforts to grapple with Donald Trump. Follow her on Twitter: @rconniff

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A rally demanding the closure of migrant detention camps on July 12, 2019 in San Diego. (Photo: Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune) Views
Friday, March 26, 2021
The Border Is Not a 'Crisis' But People Are Suffering
Just when it seemed we were emerging from the anti-immigrant hysteria of the Trump era, our country is suddenly descending into a new moral panic. Letting unaccompanied minors into the United States is not actually a Biden Administration policy. It's the law, under the Refugee Act of 1980, that...
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Trump is taking his last stand in a swing state he desperately tried to win. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Trump Team Seeks to 'Delay the Inevitable'
This is a big week for the Trump campaign in Wisconsin. The deadline for requesting a recount is coming up on Wednesday afternoon, just as leaders of the Republican-controlled elections committee in the Assembly have said they hope to begin hearings on allegations of voter fraud. Trump is taking...
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Biden appears to be on track to squeak out a victory in the general election, despite Trump’s temper tantrums. (Photo: Creative Commons) Views
Thursday, November 05, 2020
Why Trump Will Lose Wisconsin Recount
President Donald Trump declared victory early Wednesday morning while votes were still being counted all across the country. At least, by signalling in advance that he would reject the election results if they didn’t favor him, Trump had diminished the impact of his own brazen stand. Wisconsin was...
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President Donald J. Trump talks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, prior to boarding Marine One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. to begin his trip to Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Nevada. (Photo: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian) Views
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Donald Trump Is a Superspreader of Many Terrible Things
President Donald Trump made a showy entrance in his motorcade on the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway race track in West Salem on Tuesday night, every inch the demagogue as he waved to the cheering crowd and bounded on stage for his second superspreader rally this week in Wisconsin — a state that is...
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Friday, October 16, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett Is Not Pro-Life
Renee Gasch, a young mother in De Pere, Wisconsin, who receives daily treatments for her thyroid cancer, is worried about what will happen to her and her family if the Affordable Care Act is overturned. Not only is Barrett an outspoken proponent of overturning Roe v. Wade, she joined a dissent when...
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President Donald Trump, writes Conniff, "is so godawful, you would think more Republicans would be jumping ship already. But apart from Mitt Romney, Charlie Sykes, and a handful of other principled conservatives, GOP politicians appear to be willing to go all the way to the bottom with their epic failure of a president." (Photo: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
The GOP Are Standing on Trump's Sinking Ship, But Democrats Need a Vision Beyond Electing Biden
Reality is finally catching up with our reality TV star President. Faced with an unprecedented economic collapse triggered by his own clear failure to contain the COVID-19 pandemic (something other industrialized nations have managed to pull off), the Donald tweeted hopefully last week that the...
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People hold signs during a protest against the coronavirus shutdown in front of the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, on April 24, 2020. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, May 06, 2020
Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice Asks if Safer at Home Order Is 'Tyranny'
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers told reporters last week that he was “confident” the state Supreme Court would rule in his favor, and against GOP legislators who are seeking to overturn Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order. Nowhere in the case do legislators bring up the idea that citizens’ fundamental...
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An election official checks in a resident at a drive-up polling place set up outside of Roosevelt Elementary School on April 7, 2020 in Racine, Wisconsin. The polling place was set up to offer drive-up voting where residents voted from their vehicles but it offered one outdoor voting booth for residents who walked to the polling place. The extreme measures were put in place to make the process safer for residents and election officials as the state continues its shelter-in-place order to help curtail the sp Views
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Democracy Wins in Wisconsin
It was over so soon, Jill Karofsky’s supporters were reluctant to believe it. Even after the Associated Press announced that Karofsky had won, beating conservative Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, a Scott Walker appointee, to win a ten-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Karofsky...
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Moderate voters don’t necessarily want a President who takes unpopular positions. They want someone who can reassure Wall Street and stop this nightmare we are all living through. (Photo: Common Dreams / CC BY 3.0) Views
Monday, March 30, 2020
COVID-19 Pandemic Shows That We Don't Need Return to Normalcy—We Need President Bernie Sanders
A few short months ago, neither the coronavirus pandemic nor Joe Biden’s coronation was visible on the horizon. We’re living in a different world now. The coronavirus pandemic exposes the huge cracks in our society that Sanders has been pointing out all along. As we shelter in place, with our...
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Sanders is absolutely right that the current public-health crisis, and its economic aftershocks, expose the great vulnerability of our unequal, increasingly unjust society. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 16, 2020
The Democrats’ Coronavirus Divide
Last night’s Democratic candidate debate, held amid the coronavirus crisis in a nearly empty CNN studio in Washington, D.C., provided voters with what might be their final chance to see, in stark relief, the choice between the two remaining contenders for the Democratic nomination: Joe Biden and...
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