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Ruth Conniff

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A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Ruth joined the magazine as a summer intern working with the late Erwin Knoll and has been part of the team ever since. As Associate Editor for the Progressive, she opened The Progressive's Washington, D.C., office in 1997. She became a regular on TV pundit shows on CNN, Fox News, and PBS. She appears frequently on the Ed Schultz Show on MSNBC. Ruth received an "Editor's Choice" award from Madison Magazine for her coverage of the Wisconsin Uprising in 2011.

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Pete Souza

To get too caught up in Russian interference and the unfairness of the American electoral system is to overlook Trump’s power, and to risk not learning the lessons of his popularity. Read more

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Norman Stockwell

“I can understand why people voted for Trump based on what he said. For too long the political establishment did not listen to the needs of working families.” Read more

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Trump is the mean drunk at the family dinner, throwing his weight around, hurling insults and threats, while everyone cringes and hopes that his rage will subside, knowing that nothing good will come from a confrontation. Read more

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Can Democrats win with an economic justice platform? Read more

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The truth is less dramatic, but more sordid. Read more

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Biden’s not-very-progressive record is a huge mismatch for the current political moment. Read more

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2020 DNC to be held at a crossroads of racism, working class rage, and socialism. Read more

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The closing moments of the hearing seemed to serve as a therapy session for white men suffering from the uncomfortable feeling that their moral authority, as well as their power, is in decline. Read more

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Nick Solari

Sanders helped push the Democratic Party left and changed the course of American politics. But he’s missing part of the picture. Read more

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In the Lone Star State, a preview of the political battle to come. Read more

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Stacy Abrams delivered a smart, cogent, and energetic Democratic response. Read more

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Rural people are angry because all the attention is focused on the urban areas, and now they are getting negative attention. Categorizing rural people as Trump voters just feeds people’s anger. Read more

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Gage Skidmore

We need to check our impulse to see young white men as evil. Read more

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Midwestern farmers suffering from a long-term economic squeeze see the President as the “better evil.” Read more

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Nile Ostenso

“We’ve gotten away from who we are and the values that make Wisconsin great. Not Democratic or Republican values, but Wisconsin values: Kindness and respect, empathy and compassion and integrity and civility.” Read more

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Tim Pierce

Here’s a prediction: Political leaders who believe people are entitled to health care, food, and housing will see their stock rise in the coming year. Read more

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In one scenario, courts could affirm the gerrymandered map, extend the Republican legislature’s power grab, and allow it to lock itself in power for the foreseeable future. Read more

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Never underestimate Donald Trump’s willingness to pitch the country into chaos. Read more

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“It was Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus who transformed the politics of Wisconsin with racist dog-whistle messaging, and that laid the foundation for Donald Trump.” Read more

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