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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Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Back to School During Budget Cuts
Our family is lucky. Our kids attend a school with a lot of low-income children. In addition to some truly enriching exposure to other languages and cultures, our daughters benefit from an atmosphere that is relatively free of the snarky fashion police that plague many middle-class American girls' lives. Best of all, as a school with 60 percent of students on free and reduced lunch, we get small class sizes. Up until third grade, classes are capped at 15 students.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
EPA Should Ban BP
As oil soaks the coast of Louisiana, the fingerpointing has begun. Government officials, including Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and BP, executives are trading accusations. But the blame-sharing leads nowhere. A front-page story in The New York Times points to "the enduring laxity of federal regulation of offshore operations." The current disaster "has shown the government to be almost wholly at the mercy of BP . . .
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Rand Paul Triumphs, Specter Booted, Lincoln in Run-Off
The primary upsets in Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and Kentucky will be billed as signs of voter discontent with the Obama Administration and Congressional incumbents, as well as a dark forecast for the future of the Democratic Party. The Tea Party also scored a major hit with Rand Paul--whatever that means. For all the excitement about Tea Party power, Rand Paul's Kentucky campaign is a wild card race carried by a movement filled with mixed and contradictory messages--some rather progressive (Paul's anti-imperialism) and some downright racist (We're all Arizonans!)
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Elena Kagan, Triumph of the Bland
In Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, President Obama has picked his perfect match. Kagan's friends and colleagues describe her in terms that could easily be applied to Obama: thoughtful, a good listener, eager to reach out to conservatives--and loath to take politically polarizing stands. In Kagan's case, the reflex to shun conflict is so extreme that she has managed to avoid taking a public stand on virtually every major issue that might come up in her confirmation hearings.
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Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Time to Prosecute Corporate Criminals at Massey, BP
Nothing prevents the government from criminally prosecuting corporate CEOs who willfully ignore health and safety standards, killing workers, as in Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine disaster, and causing environmental catastrophe, as in BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. For years, we haven't seen many corporate criminals prosecuted in the United States, thanks to the power of corporate lobbyists and the reluctance of government officials to take on business interests.
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Obama Appeals for Bipartisanship, as Republicans Sharpen the Knives
"Change has not come fast enough," President Obama acknowledged in his State of the Union address--especially for Americans who are losing their jobs and struggling through the long recession. Then, in a speech aimed more at Congress than the American people, he began a long plea to Republicans to work in a more bipartisan fashion to pass the very legislation they are determined to torpedo.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Bankers Take the Stand, But Who Will Stand Up to Them?
Get the popcorn ready, the much-anticipated Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission hearings start this week, and this time (unlike last month when the President himself summoned them to Washington) the executives from all the big Wall Street banks will actually deign to show up! It's going to be the Ferdinand Pecora investigation all over again . . . kind of.
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Friday, December 11, 2009
The Tortured Logic of Health Care's Abortion Foes
The importance of this debate may be that it galvanizes more women to stand up to elected officials like Stupak who want to interfere with their health care and dictate what services they can and cannot get because of the moral sensitivities of certain vocal constituents.
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Friday, November 06, 2009
President Obama Comes to School (And It Is Not Good News)
It was a big, big day for the students at James C. Wright Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin, when the President came to town. "The President of the United States is here in the same place where you walk the halls, where you learn," Wright principal Nancy Evans told the students. "Take this moment in history as nourishment."
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
The Movement Against the Banks
A massive rally in Chicago next week aims to express public displeasure with the massive bank bailout outside the American Bank Association annual meeting. Protesters will converge at 11:30 on Monday, October 26, at 301 North Water Street, where the meeting is taking place.
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