Recent revelations and news begin to paint a disturbing picture

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Disturbing reports are beginning to come out regarding the lead up to the attack at the Capitol. Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD), held a press conference and revealed some disconcerting information: the Department of Defense “repeatedly denied” his requests to send the National Guard to the U.S. Capitol under siege by an armed mob of Trump supporters. Only after pleading with them for over an hour, was the request finally approved. Why was there a delay? That’s the burning question, one we will likely get more answers to in the coming days and weeks.

Two days after losing the presidential election…

Those who predicted the worst were not being melodramatic

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New reporting about what was happening amid the timeline of the attempted insurrection by Trump supporters on January 6 is jaw-dropping while also unsurprising. Jaw-dropping because the extent to which top leaders in the military and US government were actually worried about an attempted coup is unprecedented in the modern history of US politics. Not surprising because while we reached this genuine breaking point, many people would not doubt that Donald Trump would do something so stupid and reckless.

Carol Leonnig and Phillip Rucker, distinguished reporters from The Washington Post, are coming out with a new book on Trump’s very…

Conservatives remain unfazed by evidence and facts

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If each year it seems that the weather is getting more severe, that wildfires are increasingly problematic and large, that temperatures are getting hotter and hotter, you are not alone. In the United States, firefighters are currently battling 48 fires across 12 states, which have consumed more than 500,000 acres of land. In Washington, Oregon, and Western Canada, visits to the emergency room are busier even than they were at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the blistering heat is taking a toll on people’s physical health. People on the other side of the country are preparing for Hurricane…

He wants money, and he wants Americans to give it to him

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When Donald Trump became president, he refused to divest from his businesses, creating an enormous conflict of interest that would come to haunt his presidency. It would also prove to be lucrative for him. Executives and foreign visitors who were seeking to curry favor with the president, not so coincidentally ended up staying at the Trump hotel in Washington, D.C. Blatantly and in the open, Donald Trump was using his position as president to enrich himself. How do we know? Because he refused to divest in his businesses, a conscious and deliberate decision that he made but just did not…

Kamala Harris inherits both the haters of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

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After Barack Obama’s historic election in 2008, a common refrain among some folks was how we were now living in a post-racial era of American politics. To many Americans, the first Black president meant that racism was effectively over. After serving two terms as president, Barack Obama has been out of office for nearly 5 years and yet some of the biggest debates in American politics revolve around race. The notion that electing the first Black president meant that racial issues were no longer prevalent was proven false. From the epidemic of fatal shootings of unarmed Black Americans, to an…

The history of this moment is still in the making

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The peaceful transition of power has been a hallmark of American democracy since the nation’s founding. Even the most bitter of rivals — John Adams and Thomas Jefferson — committed to the peaceful transition of power despite their differences, and set a precedent necessary for the survival of the American political system. We saw the first breakdown and flagrant rejection of this tradition with the presidency of Donald Trump. For the first time in our nation’s history, a president and his staunchest allies held a rally in which they encouraged and fanned the flames of an attack on the American…

From Israel to India, the Delta variant is a growing concern

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Enormous strides have been made in the fight against COVID-19 in recent months. According to Bloomberg’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker, more than 2.92 billion shots have been given worldwide, with the caveat that the wealthiest countries disproportionately have the most vaccinated populations. Despite the great progress that has been made, the virus is threatening to come back with a deadly vengeance, as the Delta variant continues to cause infections around the world.

The global danger posed by the Delta variant is concerning enough that more COVID-19 lockdowns are beginning to take place in Australia. This in addition to news that Israel…

Progress is winning, but hatred seeps through the cracks

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The year is 2021, same-sex marriage has been legal for six years. It’s Pride month and new Gallup polling shows that a record high number of 70% of Americans — including a majority of Republicans — now support same-sex marriage. From a historic perspective, it is fascinating to see how the tide has turned so quickly in favor of LGBTQ+ equality across virtually every demographic group across the country. Nevertheless, the idea that we still have to poll the support for same-sex marriage in the United States is irksome. It is awesome to see that so many people support basic…

“Partisanship” isn’t a justification, it’s a cop-out

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On Sunday, June 6, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced that he would be voting against the For the People Act, a voting rights bill, which among other things, would help put an end to gerrymandering and counter the increasing assault on voting rights after the 2020 election in GOP strongholds like Florida and Georgia. Republicans began a significant assault on voting rights across the country in response to the 2020 election, which delivered a blow to their party and position in the White House. …

Is hindsight 20/20?

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This week, NBC News donned a headline entitled “Joe Biden is proving progressives wrong. And they’re loving it.” It is true that with just 100 days in office Joe Biden has signed into law one of the most progressive, large, and sweeping bills in American history. The latest economic news reveals that the economy is recovering at a rapid pace, driven by increased consumer confidence and spending. The economy grew at a 6.4% GDP rate in the first quarter, signaling what many economists believe is just the beginning of the US recovery. …

Lawson Miller

Hi, I’m Lawson. BS in political science / MA in history from Arizona State University. Aspiring law student. Fighting to make the world a better place.

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