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, 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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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Health Care Reform on the Homestretch
In his speech on health care to a joint session of Congress, President Obama talked about the long, long history of health-care reform efforts in this country, and said he wants to be the last President to take up the issue. Let's hope not.
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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Harry and Louise's Deadly Embrace
Flying home from the Democratic convention last August, I sat next to a Sarah Palin-loving, Obama-bashing dittohead who gave me an earful on the various issues of the day. Chief among them: the superiority of the U.S. health care system.
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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Obama's Health Care Push Eerily Similar to Bill Clinton’s
In his prime time speech on health care reform President Obama acknowledged public skepticism about his plan: "I realize that with all the charges and criticisms that are being thrown around in Washington, a lot of Americans may be wondering, "What's in this for me? How does my family stand to benefit from health insurance reform?’ " Here is how he answered that question:
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