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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"As the GOP has become composed of characterological extremists, they have become all but incapable of negotiation or compromise." (Screengrab from NBC) Views
Thursday, March 29, 2018
The Parkland Kids Have Triggered Conservative Snowflakes
Over the weekend, the March for Our Lives event featured gigantic rallies across the nation, including one in Washington, D.C., that drew several hundred thousand people — depending on estimates, perhaps the largest single rally there in American history. It was an inspiring demonstration of...
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Saturday, March 17, 2018
Can Democrats Think Strategically About Trump Country?
Democrat Conor Lamb seems to have eked out a narrow victory in the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district — which President Trump won by 20 points in 2016. Far too much time, money, and attention has been lavished on this race — after all, this district is literally going to...
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"The average teacher's salary in West Virginia is just $45,622, one of the lowest in the U.S. And they've had enough." (Photo: American Ethnologist) Views
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Will Striking Teachers Spark a Labor Revolution?
We're in the midst of a brushfire outbreak of labor militancy not seen in decades. First came a statewide teachers' strike in West Virginia. When the teachers union leadership negotiated a weak compromise (which was tabled by the GOP-held state Senate anyway), the rank-and-file rebelled and started...
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"Of course, Obama's bait-and-switch on telecom immunity was only the first step in his civil liberties record. As the Snowden documents showed, as president he embraced and in some ways expanded the Bush spying machine." (Photo: Getty) Views
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Democrats' Bewildering Decision to Hand President Trump More Surveillance Powers
Back in 2005, The New York Times reported that President Bush had been lying through his teeth about a warrantless wiretapping program his administration had set up under the NSA. The baldly illegal program required participation from telecom companies, who were thus exposed to millions of lawsuits...
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Thursday, December 07, 2017
Let's Take Stock of all the Horrible Stuff Trump and the GOP Have Been Up to Lately
The problem with the Republican Party is that it's a loathsome institution whose entire leadership class is rotten to the bone. In May, I took stock of one abysmal month of Republican governance. Now is a good time to revisit the subject, and round up the latest big-ticket items on the Republicans...
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Monday, November 27, 2017
Save the Internet!
The Trump administration has a brand-new corporate giveaway: the internet! President Trump's chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, announced last week that his agency was going to repeal the Obama-era rules on "net neutrality," which govern the basic structure of the internet...
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Friday, October 13, 2017
It's Time for Democrats to Stop Being Such Gormless Chumps
One of the most marked characteristics of 21st century political history is the one-sided application of political norms. Democrats have done things like abolish earmarks, adopt "PAYGO" budgeting (in which the long-term stability of the national debt is written into the budget process), and respect...
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
Why Bernie Sanders' Single-Payer Push Is Great Policy and Even Better Politics
Bernie Sanders unveiled his latest version of a Medicare-for-all plan on Wednesday, to a highly unusual level of media attention and support within the Democratic Party. A third of the party's Senate caucus have come out as co-sponsors — although, unsurprisingly, neither Chuck Schumer nor Nancy...
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
How Harvey Exposes America's Dangerously Dilapidated Infrastructure
Hurricane Harvey is wreaking devastation on Houston and other parts of southern Texas. Rebuilding will cost many tens or perhaps even hundreds of billions of dollars. But what then? Climate disasters like Harvey illustrate an undeniable fact: American infrastructure is living on borrowed time. We...
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Friday, July 28, 2017
This Is the Most Clueless, Incompetent, and Self-Defeating Administration in American History
The continual meltdown of the Trump administration has reached, unbelievably, an even higher pitch over the last few days, with the hiring of financier Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House communications director. And yet, the endless juicy personal drama surrounding President Trump is in some...
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