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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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    Debunking Solar Geoengineering

    Lili Fuhr argues that solar geoengineering is no substitute for phasing out fossil fuels.
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    What China’s Zero-COVID Drama Foreshadows

    Nancy Qian thinks the recent protests – and the government's response – point to a broader political challenge.
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    The Double Transformation

    Diane Coyle urges antitrust regulators to update their thinking to accommodate the net-zero transition.
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    Revitalizing the Struggle for Human Rights

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    Around the world, indicators of the strength of democracy and the protection of human rights have been falling, even in countries that have long championed such values. But while pessimists have the wind at their back, optimists still have the stronger argument.

    offers eight principles to guide advocates as they try to put progress back on track.
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    The Zero-COVID Revolution?

    After tens of thousands of Chinese took to the streets in cities throughout the country, China’s government has begun to loosen pandemic restrictions. But, while an exit from the controversial zero-COVID policy was long overdue, the path ahead is strewn with pitfalls, and hopes for a sustained wave of Chinese popular resistance are likely misplaced.

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    What US Leadership Can Do for Nature

    Russ Feingold shows how America can contribute to conservation despite its failure to ratify the biodiversity convention.
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    The Global Climate-Finance Challenge

    Vera Songwe, et al. show how to mobilize the funding developing countries will need to avert the worst effects of global warming.
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    All Pain and No Gain from Higher Interest Rates

    Joseph E. Stiglitz explains why the current demand-focused approach to taming inflation is all wrong.
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    Ending the Austerity Pandemic

    Isabel Ortiz & Matthew Cummins warn that governments are returning to the same failed belt-tightening policies of the past.

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