Majority Leader Harry Reid should do everything in his power to keep forcing the issue.
Ruth Conniff is the Editor of the Progressive Magazine. A native of Madison, WIsconsin, she first joined the magazine when she was hired as a summer intern by the late Erwin Knoll after her sophomore year at Yale. Shortly after graduating from college in 1990, she came to work as Associate Editor for the Progressive, becoming Washington Editor and opening the Progressive's Washington, DC, office in 1997. During the 1990s, Conniff covered welfare reform in Wisconsin and around the country, as well as the drug war in Colombia, and other topics, including women's sports (an avid runner, Conniff coached her old high school track and cross-country teams at Madison East High School for many years).
In Washington, Conniff became a regular on TV pundit shows on CNN, Fox News, and PBS. She still appears frequently on PBS's To The Contrary and on the Ed Schultz Show on MSNBC.
Conniff was the recipient of an "Editor's Choice" award from Madison Magazine for her coverage of the Wisconsin Uprising in 2011. Her Progressive Magazine feature story on school privatization is a chapter in the book "It Happened in Wisconsin" recently published by Verso.
Today Conniff lives in Madison with her husband and three daughters, who marched on the Capitol with their teachers from the Madison Public Schools.
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“The problem for me with the other candidates is I don’t know what it is that drives them. What is it they really believe in that makes them get up in the morning and want to do this?”
The problem with Hillary is the same as the problem with other recent Democratic frontrunners. She is the establishment candidate, with neither the fire nor the freshness of the "fringe" candidates who are not afraid to stand for something.
Our political leaders talk a lot about protecting America from terrorist attacks. Meanwhile, we are increasingly vulnerable to the effects of lax regulation and unfettered free trade.
Now that No Confidence is over, why not try another tack: impeachment?
During the debate, it was Kucinich who called his fellow Democrats to account on funding for the war.
In her speech to the group Wisconsin Women in Politics, Edwards made an interesting comment that could be interpreted as a sidelong swipe at Hillary.
This is a rhetorical battle the Democrats were winning. It is a shame to see them give up so soon.
My favorite candidate of the night was Ron Paul. In the only bracingly honest moment of the debate, Paul told his party they've completely blown the War on Terror, and made things worse with the misguided adventure in Iraq.
Spending a lot of time caring for your children hardly makes people into more narrow, self-interested citizens.
May 1, 2007
The story was so compelling, I sat in the driveway listening to it, hand hovering over the ignition, for almost half an hour. It turned out to be an update of This American Life's Peabody-Award-winning 2006 piece "Habeas Schmabeas".
Something creepy is happening in our culture, when younger and
younger children are spending more and more time marinating in a stew
of violent, misogynist, and just generally anti-human images.
Within hours of the shooting at Virginia Tech, Obama threw away his stump speech and talked about the tragic events.
Dinosaurs like Imus are constantly putting women down to reinforce their feeling of membership in a superior boys' club.
Instead of focusing on the rather modest results of a study that shows the difference between kids in child care and those not in it, the media would do well to focus on the extreme scarcity of quality care, and what a huge difference there is between the good and bad places for parents to leave their children.