Ross Barkan, The Guardian

Ross Barkan

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Past articles by Ross:

John Fetterman’s TV debate was disastrous – but he can still beat Dr Oz

The Democrat, who had a stroke in May, struggled in the debate format. But on the merits, he’s better than his ineffectual Republican rival → Read More

Joe Biden is deeply unpopular. But can Democrats find an alternative for 2024?

For now, Biden is emboldened. No prominent Democrat will cross him and he will feel especially motivated if Trump is back on the campaign trail → Read More

New York has a chance to generate all its electricity from clean energy by 2030

If Democrats act, New Yorkers will begin to get the government they deserve. With climate cataclysms here, the political system can’t afford more delays → Read More

Eighteen-year-old Americans can’t drink. Why can they buy assault rifles?

The solution to mass shootings isn’t increased policing or an expanded surveillance state or runaway anti-terrorism legislation. It’s making it harder to buy a gun → Read More

A million have died of Covid-19 in America. How did this happen?

One million people should never have to die from another pandemic. Not in America, a country built to do so much better → Read More

Sports Moguls Carve Out Public Spoils

When Mayor Eric Adams announced that he would permit unvaccinated New York–based athletes and entertainers to perform in stadiums and arenas while keeping a private... → Read More

The New York subway attack is horrifying. But more police power is not the answer

New Yorkers deserve to feel safe – and not have their fears dismissed by progressives. But heavy-handed solutions won’t solve the problem → Read More

Why is New York City’s mayor blaming tenants for the deadliest fire in decades?

By focusing on personal responsibility over open doors, the mayor is ignoring the neglect that led to this tragedy → Read More

Joe Biden must use his presidential powers to deliver on his promises

It’s not good enough to blame Joe Manchin for failures when Biden isn’t using the full scope of presidential powers to help ordinary Americans → Read More

Why do teachers in the US have to beg for supplies like pencils and paper?

Teachers in Germany can out-earn an entry-level doctor or web developer. In America, too many have to work second jobs to make ends meet → Read More

Why doesn’t Biden mail free Covid tests to all Americans?

In the United States, testing varies widely by city, county and state. In the UK, tests are free and sent to your home, as it should be → Read More

Hurricane Ida drowned 11 New Yorkers in their own homes. The climate crisis is here

New York and other major cities will need to spend billions of dollars fortifying themselves for extreme weather. Even neighborhoods above sea level aren’t safe → Read More

Progressives See Opening as Andrew Cuomo Falls

Ten years ago, riding a tremendous wave of popularity, Andrew Cuomo made a singular declaration: “I am the government.” Cuomo was emboldened, having just engineered... → Read More

Why is a 108-year-old resorting to GoFundMe to pay for home care?

The predicament of Juliet Bernstein is just one more example of how America’s byzantine healthcare system fails so many → Read More

The Left Had Been Rising in NYC—Is Eric Adams About To Knock It Down?

This could be the city’s most pivotal contest in a generation; it’s certainly the most unsettled. → Read More

Barkan: Adams’ residency matters less than his real estate policies

Over the past week, much media attention has been focused on Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ residency, after a Politico story gathered a lot of → Read More

Barkan: Stringer should drop out and endorse Wiley

Now that New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has been twice accused of sexual assault, his path to victory in the Democratic primary for mayor is → Read More

Barkan: Kathryn Garcia is as moderate as Yang and Adams

As Kathryn Garcia, the former Sanitation commissioner, rises in the polls, there is hope among some establishment liberals that she can be the candidate who → Read More

Unquestioning support for Israel is no longer safe for NY Democrats

One of the most significant – and inevitable – shifts in New York Democratic politics over the last decade has come in how Israel is approached, discussed and → Read More

If ‘Cancel Culture’ Is Real, Why Aren’t the Cuomos Cancelled?

Chris, who used his CNN show to toss softballs to his brother the governor, was also advising him behind the scenes. If that’s not a violation of journalistic ethics, nothing is. → Read More