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…

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. …

Trump isn’t just complicit, he’s culpable

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In perhaps what will be one of the most memorable lines in history, Donald Trump told the hate group the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” at the first presidential debate on September 29, 2020. Four months later, they would attempt to overthrow the government. For some context, Canada has declared the Proud Boys a terrorist group, where they joined the ranks of al-Qaeda, ISIS, and al-Shabab. It was this group of people that Trump ordered to “stand back and stand by” and it was, as we are finding out, some of these same people who attacked the…

There’s a much larger story here

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If you’ve watched the harrowing New York Times documentary on Hulu called “Framing Britney,” you probably came away being feeling sad, disturbed, and angry. The thing about “Framing Britney,” is that beyond just being about a famous celebrity, it tells a larger story about the treatment of women in public life. The way that Justin Timberlake was treated in contrast to Britney Spears by the media is infuriating to say the least. The documentary made perfectly clear the two separate worlds that women and men navigate in the public eye.

Much like Britney Spears, another woman in public life has…

Subjected to it for decades, she saw what was coming, and warned us

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Hillary Rodham Clinton has had one of the most extraordinary lives in the history of American politics. From the Chicago suburbs, to Wellesley College and Yale Law School, her distinguished career as a young lawyer from going undercover in Alabama in the 1970’s to expose civil rights violations, to being one of the youngest lawyers to serve on the congressional Nixon impeachment investigation, she had always been destined for extraordinary things. Indeed, she rose to prominence before her husband Bill Clinton, when her Wellesley College commencement address in 1969 was featured in Life Magazine, where she notoriously called for people…

Yes, elections actually do matter

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Rather than working through confirming conservative judges to the bench, or expeditiously ramming an unpopular Supreme Court nominee through the Senate, the government is actually getting to work for the people.

Vice President Harris cast the tie-breaking vote in the early hours of Friday morning to advance the budget resolution for President Biden’s COVID-19 relief plan. Included in the plan, among other things, are $1,400 stimulus payments to Americans, funds for the distribution and production of vaccines, extended unemployment insurance, as well as rental assistance, re-opening of schools and increased testing.

Legislation like this seemed almost unimaginable after the 2020…

It didn’t just start with Trump

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The lead up to Donald Trump’s denial of the 2020 election results already had some precedent in Bernie Sanders’ own claims. Donald Trump’s denial of election results was undeniably and demonstrably worse by several orders of magnitude. But Bernie’s candidacy and the baseless questioning of the primary election results, by not only him but his high-profile surrogates which he promoted and had campaign for him — including some of his own staff — helped set a precedent that Donald Trump capitalized on and took advantage of. …

Gas prices fell under Obama, but not because of him

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A common political misconception on both sides of the aisle is that the president of the United States has considerable influence on gas prices. The fact of the matter is that they don’t.

Gas prices aren’t insulated from the typical boom and bust, supply and demand economics that encompass virtually every commodity and resource. For example, the price of gas typically rises in the summer as a result of more people driving and traveling, increasing the demand for gasoline and driving up the prices. For similar reasons, the price of gas tends to be lower in the winter, when people…

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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