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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Thursday, November 29, 2007
Hillary's Defense Dough
In the so-called money primary, Democrats are running a lap ahead of the Republicans, and Hillary Clinton is crushing the other Democrats.
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Thursday, September 27, 2007
UAW Strike Points Up Need for Universal Health Care
The mainstream press coverage of the UAW strike in Detroit has been predictably thin. Labor reporters are scarce these days, and the business-section bias of even feature coverage of labor disputes has made our news culture reflexively anti-union and anti-worker. High-wage, high-benefit manufacturing jobs are seen as a "relic." The strike represents an "opportunity" to convert the whole auto industry to a leaner, more profitable entity in which workers are paid as little as possible and pushed as hard as possible.
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Thursday, September 20, 2007
Blackwater and Oil Show Administration's M.O. in Iraq
Jeremy Scahill, author of the book Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army , was on CNN September 17 after the news broke that the military contractor had been kicked out of Iraq for its role in the deaths of 8 Iraqi civilians.
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Thursday, September 06, 2007
Overcoming Censorship
The bland, corporate culture of mainstream media coverage has gotten more and more effective at stifling dissent. (See Matt Rothschild's piece on the squelching of antiwar protesters by the police and CBS in Kansas City.) Part of the problem is that we're used to living in such a mediated climate that even activists have acquiesced to protest pens with Orwellian names like "Free Speech Alley," where dissenters are conveniently walled off from the main event at both major party conventions.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The Impeachment Imbroglio: Sheehan, Conyers, Pelosi, and Feingold
The blogosphere was aquiver with the news that Cindy Sheehan announced she will challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as an independent, since Pelosi has refused to renounce her position that impeachment is "off the table." Sheehan promptly got herself arrested in the office of Congressman John Conyers, who heads the House Judiciary Committee.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Hillary Clinton and the Woman Thing
I can't help asking women I know what they think about Hillary Clinton. Here is the historic, first viable woman candidate for President of the United States, and yet . . . ho-hum. I listened to a group of accomplished women of about the same age as Hillary argue about her candidacy the other night. A fellow Wellesley alumna (she graduated before the Presidential candidate and didn't know her) said she can't stand Hillary's overbearing, dorm-monitor persona.
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Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Democrats Bob and Weave
Just to make sure everyone knew who the real candidates were at last night's Democratic debate, CNN placed the outsiders literally in the wings. Way out on the right and left margins of the line-up were peace candidate Representative Dennis Kucinich and maverick former senator from Alaska Mike Gravel. As in the Republican primary, it is the job of these quixotic figures to tell the unvarnished truth, while the rest of the field and debate moderator Wolf Blitzer smile condescendingly. Gravel, sounding like his Republican counterpart Ron Paul, was the voice of reason on Iraq.
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Thursday, May 10, 2007
Happy (Feminist) Mother's Day!
A neighbor and I were sitting on a park bench, watching our children play, when we got talking about the perennial issue of housework: all that thankless toil that takes hours out of your life you might have spent writing a great novel, or at least reading one. "I used to feel resentful about it," my neighbor said. "But then I thought about my mother. She had eight kids, and her house always looked great. That was her art. She had such a beautiful life."
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Thursday, April 19, 2007
Obama on Our Violent Culture
It was supposed to be a raucous event. Barack Obama's Wisconsin campaign kick-off at a sold-out theater in downtown Milwaukee started with a line of people wrapped around the block. Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, who endorsed Obama for President, gave the introduction. But the balloons, music, and crowd-pleasing speeches were cancelled. Instead, there was a moment of silence, then somber reflection on the shootings of 32 Virginia Tech students just hours before. Obama threw away his prepared stump speech, and instead spoke about the day's tragic events.
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Thursday, April 12, 2007
Imus and Other Big, Fat Idiots
Back in the 1990s, when I was coaching high school girls in track and cross-country, a book came out called The Stronger Women Get The More Men Love Football, by Mariah Burton Nelson, a former pro women's basketball player. It was about the backlash against women's sports and the increasingly defensive posture of men whose egos depend on being bigger, better, faster, and stronger than women. The news about Don Imus's suspension, after calling the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed ho's," reminded me of that great title.
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