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    • The Rising Backlash to Paul Ryan’s Conservatism

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    In the days since House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) announced that he will not seek reelection this year, much of the commentary has focused on his failures. Barring a sudden bout of legislative productivity, Ryan will relinquish the speaker’s gavel with a deficit-exploding tax cut for corporations and the rich as his only significant achievement. Fortunately, his career-defining goals of privatizing Social Security, converting Medicare into a voucher system and dismantling the safety net remain unfulfilled. And then, of course, there is his humiliating failure, dating back to the 2016 campaign, to stand up to President Trump.

    "The Rising Backlash to Paul Ryan’s Conservatism" is from the April 17, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Edward Snowden Is the Perfect Candidate for a Presidential Pardon

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    Edward Snowden is the former National Security Agency contractor who risked his job, his prestige and his freedom to expose the NSA’s secret mass surveillance programs that trampled the privacy rights of Americans. For that, he has earned the gratitude of millions of Americans and the loathing of the security state.

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    • The Economic Numbers Are Cheery, but Don’t Believe the Hype

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    President Trump was so delighted by the May jobs report that he tipped off investors by tweeting while the information was still embargoed. The news — more than 220,000 new jobs, unemployment down to 3.8 percent, the lowest in 18 years — was undoubtedly strong. The Economic Policy Institute hailed “the economy’s steady march towards full employment,” noting that most of the drop in unemployment came from workers finding new jobs and only about one-third from workers leaving the workforce. Wages are finally beginning to budge, though the growth rates still don’t keep up with the rising cost of basics such as health care and education. The last time the U.S. economy enjoyed across the board wage growth was in 2000, when the economy also neared full employment levels.

    "The Economic Numbers Are Cheery, but Don’t Believe the Hype" is from the June 05, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Trump Spectacle Is Overshadowing the More Urgent Scandals of This Administration

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    Breaking news: President Trump tweeted. He’s feuding with a foreign leader — or a football team. Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is investigating the administration.

    "The Trump Spectacle Is Overshadowing the More Urgent Scandals of This Administration" is from the June 12, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • On Private Federal Prisons, a Victory for Independent Journalism

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    "On Private Federal Prisons, a Victory for Independent Journalism" is from the August 23, 2016 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • The Democratic Wave Won’t Crest Without Progressive Insurgents

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Progressive populist candidates are surging in Democratic primaries across the country. Potential contenders for the 2020 Democratic Party’s presidential nomination are embracing many of the signature ideas that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) drove into the debate — Medicare for All, tuition-free college, a $15 minimum wage and more. Record numbers of female candidates — a surge fed by reaction to the election of Donald Trump and the rise of the #MeToo movement — are running, most for the first time.

    "The Democratic Wave Won’t Crest Without Progressive Insurgents" is from the May 22, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Phony Populism of Donald Trump

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    "The Phony Populism of Donald Trump" is from the August 16, 2016 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • What If the Next Presidential Debate Actually Covered Critical Issues?

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    As the grotesquerie masquerading as a presidential campaign slouches toward its end, a final spectacle - a “debate” - is slated for Wednesday. It is hard to imagine a worse circumstance. Trump, more at ease with insults than ideas, is in the midst of a mortifying public self-immolation. The Clinton campaign has heated itself into a faux Cold War lather over WikiLeaks’ release of hacked campaign emails. And as a final measure, the “moderator,” Chris Wallace, is supplied by Fox News, a virtual guarantee that the scandalous will supplant the substantial.

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    • The Emerging Unholy Alliance Between Hawkish Democrats and Neoconservatives

    • By: Katrina Vanden Heuvel 
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    President Trump’s gibes about the failure of our foreign policy establishment and his call for a still rudimentary “America first” policy have led hawkish Republican neoconservatives to close ranks with “indispensable nation” Democrats. A remarkably unrepentant establishment has moved to resistance. If the United States is to avoid the limited choice between the delusional and the disastrous, a new progressive stance on foreign policy is utterly imperative.

    "The Emerging Unholy Alliance Between Hawkish Democrats and Neoconservatives" is from the August 08, 2017 Opinions section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina Vanden Heuvel  and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Myth of Paul Ryan

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    "The Myth of Paul Ryan" is from the July 05, 2016, Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Bernie Sanders Is the Realist We Should Elect

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    "Bernie Sanders Is the Realist We Should Elect" is from the Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The 'Four Freedoms' under Assault

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    "The 'Four Freedoms' under Assault" is from the Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Trump’s Most Dangerous Betrayal Yet

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    With the appointment of John Bolton as national security adviser, President Trump has put the finishing touches on his war Cabinet, with bellicose Mike Pompeo heading the State Department and Gina Haspel, who ran a torture site under President George W. Bush, heading the CIA. With Bolton’s appointment, Trump has broken another campaign promise — and it is surely his most dangerous betrayal yet. The candidate who promised to get us out of stupid wars is now loading up for war. With Congress having surrendered its national security responsibilities, the United States, already mired in endless wars across the broad Middle East, seems on the verge of even greater military catastrophe.

    "Trump’s Most Dangerous Betrayal Yet" is from the March 27, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Putin Didn't Undermine the Election. We Did.

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    Three weeks after Election Day, allegations of Russian interference in the contest continue to appear. Adm. Michael S. Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, stated that there was a “conscious effort by a nation-state to achieve a specific end.”

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    • Why Hillary Clinton Is the Right Choice for Progressives

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    This skepticism is understandable, especially after a hard-fought primary battle that left many feeling alienated from Clinton and the Democratic establishment.

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    • We Need Bernie Sanders to Redefine Our Politics — Just Like Ronald Reagan Did

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    "We Need Bernie Sanders to Redefine Our Politics — Just Like Ronald Reagan Did" is from the Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The ‘People’s Pulitzers’ Salute Those Who Give Voice to the Powerless

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    American journalism is in crisis, under assault and literally disappearing in a growing number of news deserts across the country. The Justice Department has even eliminated a section on the “need for [a] free press” from its U.S. Attorneys’ Manual. So, naturally, much of the Washington media establishment has rallied since the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner this weekend to condemn what it sees as a pressing problem: a comedian.

    "The ‘People’s Pulitzers’ Salute Those Who Give Voice to the Powerless" is from the May 01, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Gina Haspel’s Role in the Torture Era Demands Attention

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    Fifteen years ago, President George W. Bush launched the invasion of Iraq, initiating one of the longest military engagements in U.S. history. In an address to the nation, Bush declared, “America faces an enemy who has no regard for conventions of war or rules of morality.” He added, “The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder.”

    "Gina Haspel’s Role in the Torture Era Demands Attention" is from the March 20, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Democratic Party Establishment, It’s Time to Respect Insurgent Progressives

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    The midterm elections kick into gear today as Texas voters head to the polls for the first statewide primaries of 2018. In years past, today’s races would have mattered little to a national Democratic Party that consistently fails to compete in the state. But this year feels different because, in many ways, the dynamics at play in Texas are emblematic of what is happening — for better and for worse — all over the country.

    "Democratic Party Establishment, It’s Time to Respect Insurgent Progressives" is from the March 06, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Why Trump’s Con Can’t Last Forever

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    From the start of his short, truculent and unabashedly populist inaugural address, President Trump called out the Washington establishment: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.”

    "Why Trump’s Con Can’t Last Forever" is from the January 24, 2017 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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