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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The U.S. has the sixth-highest inequality in the OECD, while Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Denmark have the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh-lowest respectively. (Photo: Illustrated | Wikimedia Commons, Apple) Views
Thursday, March 21, 2019
What America Can Learn From the World's Happiest Countries
Item: The life expectancy of the United States was recently found to have declined for the third straight year , something typically associated with all-out war, economic crises, or political collapse. According to the CIA , as of 2017 the U.S. ranks 42nd among nations for life expectancy, behind...
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If the scientists are right, "isn't Pelosi's incrementalist approach to climate absurdly inadequate?" he writes. "Isn't it, in fact, like trying to put out a forest fire with a plant mister?"(Photo: Illustrated | Mark Wilson/Getty Images, JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
The Big Problem With Climate 'Realism'
limate change has vaulted to the top of the political discourse, with the rollout of the Green New Deal policy framework and the subsequent discussion of what policies it should contain. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), for instance, recently announced he is running for president with a platform...
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One likely problem is Trump's bone-deep ignorance and total lack of curiosity about anything other than himself. (Photo: Illustrated | MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images, ApoevAndrey/iStock) Views
Friday, March 01, 2019
Donald Trump Is the Worst Presidential Negotiator in History
President Trump's self-image is that of the master negotiator. "Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully or write poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals," he wrote in 2014. But like the image itself, which is more the product of ghostwriters and reality TV producers than it...
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Thursday, February 07, 2019
2020 Moderates Have a Credibility Problem
Moderate Democrats, both at the presidential level and below, are facing a quandary. All the activist energy and ideas are on the left, with policies like Medicare-for-all, a Green New Deal, a child allowance, and so on. In the main, most moderates or former moderates — like Cory Booker, Kirsten...
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American voters don't have enough choice.(Photo: Illustrated | Chipmunk131/Shutterstock, Wikimedia Commons) Views
Tuesday, February 05, 2019
The Real Problem With an Independent Run for President
Green Party radicals and dopey coffee magnate Howard Schultz agree: American voters don't have enough choice. If you don't like the options put forth by the Republican or Democratic parties, with rare exceptions you can either cast a largely symbolic protest vote or go pound sand. The result is...
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Most people do not have well-formed, ideologically consistent views, and have vague at best notions about policy details. (Photo: Illustrated | Wikimedia Commons, Digital Vision ii/Alamy Stock Photo) Views
Thursday, January 31, 2019
This Is How We Get Terrible Health Care
ow that the presidential race has started (God help us), candidates have started discussing policies — and because the health care system very obviously needs another round of reform, Medicare-for-all is a hot topic. At a town hall, Kamala Harris was asked whether she would support getting rid of...
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The United States is on the seventh day of a government shutdown sparked by Trump demanding $5 billion for The Wall. (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Views
Friday, December 28, 2018
The Comical Incompetence of President Trump
President Trump is spending the last few days of 2018 in signature fashion, with a series of unforced errors and comical pratfalls around the world, any one of which would have been a multi-week scandal for any previous president. The government is shut down over total nonsense, and Trump's attempt...
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Incidentally, that is a good insight into how moderate Democrats actually feel about AOC and the rest of the left, when they aren't desperately trying to appropriate some of her celebrity. (Photo: Illustrated | REUTERS/Carlos Barria) Views
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Gets It
Over the next decade at most, if the United States is going to do its part in the international effort to combat the existential risk posed by climate change, it must conduct an all-out crash decarbonization program. The biggest obstacle to that objective is the Republican Party. But the second-...
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The human carnage inflicted by this bloody quagmire of corruption and waste is nigh unimaginable. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, December 14, 2018
The Impossibility of Bipartisan Healthcare Compromise
If there's one thing political centrists claim to value, it's compromise. It's "the way Washington is supposed to work," writes Third Way's Bill Schneider. "Centrists, or moderates, are really people who are willing to compromise," The Moderate Voice 's Robert Levine tells Vice . What does this...
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It's going to be a rough 18 months or so before someone comes out on top. (Illustrated | Alex Wong/Getty Images, Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo / Alamy Stock Photo, REUTERS/Mike Segar, John Sommers II/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Democrats' 2020 Battle Royale Is Going to Be Brutal, Dirty, and Totally Worthwhile
Jostling for position in the 2020 Democratic primary has started already, God help us. And there is probably no way around a bitter fight between liberals and leftists over who is going to be the nominee. However, it might be possible to head off some of the bitterness that resulted from the 2016...
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