Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper is a national correspondent at TheWeek.com. His work has appeared in the Washington Monthly, The New Republic, and the Washington Post.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018
Tribalism Is Not the Problem
The latest meme from the Davos elite set is that America is afflicted with "tribalism." We're splitting up into two irreconcilable tribes, so the argument goes, and politics is becoming more and more an all-out war to the death. People like Yale Law professor Amy Chua , Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.),...
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While practically every Democrat bigwig has at least expressed concern about the Khashoggi story, many Republicans have actually doubled down on their support.(Photo: Illustrated | abadonian/iStock, Wikimedia Commons) Views
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Republicans' Saudi Arabia Derangement
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman may have miscalculated when it came to the missing (and presumed butchered) Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. New details keep coming out, most recently an alleged recording of Khashoggi being beaten, tortured, and beheaded. Many former regime...
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Amy Chua (Right) — though she is supposedly a liberal Democrat — initially served as a glowing character witness for Kavanaugh as part of the conservative propaganda rollout. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Monday, September 24, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh and the Corruption of the American Aristocracy
Yale Law professor Amy Chua cruised to wide attention several years ago for a supposedly satirical book about shaping her kids into child prodigies with brutal hazing . She recently wrote another book about the dangers of tribalism , arguing that American democracy was fraying due to people...
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 If anyone should be interrogated about wasted money, it is centrist Medicare skeptics and their tut-tutting media enablers. (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Friday, September 21, 2018
The $11 Trillion Question Chris Cillizza Can't Answer
Fact-checkers and political reporters in the mainstream media keep bungling their coverage of Medicare-for-all. CNN's Chris Cillizza wrote a recent inquisition of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, savaging her for not having a fully worked-out tax increase plan, while studiously ignoring her argument that...
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The Republican Party is effectively doing all it can to worsen climate-fueled weather disasters. (Photo: Illustrated | REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst, NOAA via Getty Images) Views
Friday, September 14, 2018
Politicize the Weather
Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas on Thursday, moving slowly inland. By Friday morning, it had brought a 10-foot storm surge and sever flooding to parts of North Carolina. Multiple people have needed to be rescued and power companies are reporting more than 150,000 outages due to strong winds...
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Look no further than Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley's surprise upset win in the primary race for Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District — knocking off 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano. (Photo: Illustrated | Alex Wong/Getty Images, Tatomm/iStock) Views
Thursday, September 06, 2018
The Democratic Leadership is Musty and Weary
The Democratic Party leadership is like a heavy, sodden blanket, dragging down its own coalition of voters and young candidates as they struggle to rise up against the Trump presidency. But that blanket is slowly being cast off. Look no further than Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley's...
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Saturday, September 01, 2018
How to Pay for Medicare-for-All
Medicare-for-All sounds great, but how do we pay for it? In a normal country, the answer would be simple — just raise taxes. But in the United States, healthcare is so outlandishly expensive that the simple solution is anything but. Where Austria or Finland would be assured that a modest tax hike...
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"Ron DeSantis — who has a 2 percent lifetime rating from the League of Conservation Voters — has questioned the reality of climate science and signed on a letter of protest against international climate funding." (Illustrated | peangdao/iStock, fotoguy22/iStock, Preto_perola/iStock) Views
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Republicans Will Let Florida Drown
Andrew Gillum won a stunning upset victory in the Democratic primary for the Florida governor's race on Tuesday night. He will face off against Ron DeSantis, an unhinged Trump lickspittle who subtly referred to Gillum (a black man) as a monkey the very next morning. It's anybody's guess who will...
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"We see that in the pinch, Obama's wretched class politics swamps all other considerations." (Photo: Illustrated | sorrapong/iStock, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
What on Earth Is Obama Doing?
In his post-presidency, Barack Obama has mostly tried to stay out of politics, spending a lot of time goofing off with billionaire friends , writing a book , creating TV shows , and collecting vast sums in buckraking speeches . But he has finally started to dip his toes back into the political...
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Friday, August 24, 2018
Impeach the President. Period.
Honoring the long tradition of Republican criminals in and around the executive branch, President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted Tuesday on eight counts of financial fraud . At almost the exact same moment, Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight...
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