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Elizabeth Drew

Elizabeth Drew

Writing for PS since 2015
77 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Elizabeth Drew is a Washington-based journalist and the author, most recently, of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall.

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  1. How to Read the US Polls
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    How to Read the US Polls

    Oct 25, 2022 Elizabeth Drew considers the limitations of polling and the issues that are most likely to be decisive in the midterms.

  2. Joe Biden’s Springtime of Discontent
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    Joe Biden’s Springtime of Discontent

    Apr 15, 2022 Elizabeth Drew considers why there is such a large gap between the president's performance and approval rating.

  3. Can US Elections Be Made Safe from Mob Violence?
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    Can US Elections Be Made Safe from Mob Violence?

    Jan 5, 2022 Elizabeth Drew considers the implications of the House committee's fast-moving investigation into the January 6 insurrection.

  4. Why Isn't Washington Merry?
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    Why Isn't Washington Merry?

    Dec 7, 2021 Elizabeth Drew sees declining morale in the US capital, on both sides of the aisle.

  5. The Democrats' Debacle
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    The Democrats' Debacle

    Nov 7, 2021 Elizabeth Drew thinks two recent gubernatorial elections exemplify the challenges faced by the US Democratic Party.

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    A Hillbilly Elegy for Ukraine and the West

    Carl Bildt considers the disastrous implications of US vice-presidential nominee J.D. Vance’s worldview.
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    We Are All Biomass

    Slavoj Žižek sees our shared environmental predicament as a stronger basis for solidarity than appeals to compassion.
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    Mordecai Kurz on market power, Big Tech, antitrust, and more

    Mordecai Kurz explains how technology firms abuse patent law to establish and preserve monopolies, criticizes the US Supreme Court’s approach to market power, sheds light on the relationship between innovation and inequality, and more.
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    Biden Rejects the Drug of Power

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Joe Biden's decision to drop out of the presidential race reflects a humility that is far more likely to be found among democratic leaders than authoritarians. But as Donald Trump has shown – with his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and his vow to be a dictator “on day one” – such humility is never guaranteed.

    praises the US president for stepping aside to let a younger candidate take over.
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    Impunity for Authoritarians Fuels Political Violence

    Maciej Kisilowski explains why allowing corrupt leaders to evade justice can stoke public fear and discontent.
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    As Disinformation Thrives, Democracy Dies

    Nishant Lalwani, et al. argue that increased aid for independent media is necessary to defend press freedom in the developing world.
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    The Dead Hand of Neoliberalism Is Blocking Green Growth

    Laura Carvalho sees rich countries pursuing industrial strategies while poorer countries are prevented from following suit.
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    Will the Democrats Win After Biden’s Withdrawal?

    Richard Haass

    US President Joe Biden’s decision to drop out of the 2024 presidential race has revived the Democrats’ chances of victory. Given the profound differences between the two parties, it is difficult to exaggerate just how much is at stake when Americans vote this November.

    explains how the new Democratic nominee could get out from under the shadow of an unpopular president.
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    Middle East Peace and the US Election

    Bruce Ackerman sees the arrival of a moderate Iranian president as an electoral opportunity for the Democrats.

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