Ruth Conniff

Ruth Conniff

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

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The old attitude was nicely summed up by Kavanaugh himself, in a video Elizabeth Warren made public, where he joked that “What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep. (Photo: The Progressive) Views
Friday, September 21, 2018
Kavanaugh Accusations Test a ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ Culture
Even over waves of screaming protesters, it seemed like smooth sailing for Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, until Christine Blasey Ford stepped forward with her accusation of sexual assault. All the carefully choreographed goodwill Kavanaugh had cultivated in his confirmation...
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A woman votes in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas in a polling station that reminds voters that "The vote is free and secret." (Photo: Jeff Abbott) Views
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Mexico’s Change Election
Mexico’s populist president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, commonly known by his initials, AMLO, swept the July 1 presidential election, winning in state after state where the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) had long dominated politics at every level. The election, a mandate...
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"The mothers, fathers, little children and teenagers fleeing violence in Central America are not coming to “steal” the United States. They are simply looking for a way to survive." (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Views
Friday, June 22, 2018
Trump’s Get-Tough Policies Will Make the Border Crisis Worse
On Wednesday, Trump yielded to public pressure and reversed his family-separation policy on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying he would issue an executive order ending his administration’s brutal and sadistic policy of taking children from their parents. But the trauma will not end overnight, as...
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Saturday, January 20, 2018
Americans Need To Get Out More
It’s pretty embarrassing to be an American traveling abroad these days. Trump’s “shithole countries” comment is just the latest blow. People we meet in Mexico—from Europe and Canada as well as the locals—offer their condolences when they learn where we are from. Our President is making us look...
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"It’s not just the crudeness and bigotry of loudmouth-in-chief Donald Trump, or his late, unlamented spokesman Anthony Scaramucci, or scary racist Steve Bannon that is destabilizing the country. The current political moment is the result of a long-term effort by Republican strategists and money men, including Reince Priebus, to destroy the foundations of our democracy for their own short-term gain." Views
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Donald Trump, Anthony Scaramucci, and Reince Priebus: Nasty, Brutish, and Short
Reince Priebus, Trump’s former chief of staff, lasted only six months before he was fired. But the man who bragged about taking down Priebus got a mere ten days as the most profane White House spokesman in the history of the Republic. “The Mooch” only got about forty-eight hours to gloat about “...
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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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