What happens when Democrats don’t deliver?

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Last night, President Elect Joe Biden laid out his administration’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief package which included an ambitious vaccine distribution plan of 50 million shots and the reopening of schools in his first 100 days, as well as another round of stimulus payments.

It is clear that Biden, rightfully so, sees the pandemic crisis and the economic crisis as inherently intertwined. Addressing the pandemic, also means addressing American’s financial health. …


As Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming votes for impeachment, her fellow Republican colleagues call for her removal from leadership.

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Representative Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is the №3 House Republican in Congress and a day before the impeachment vote in the House, became the highest ranking member to depart from her party and vote in favor of the impeachment of Donald Trump for incitement of insurrection.

She did not mince her words in releasing her statement. She directly attributed blame for the attack of the Capitol building to the President and called the incident what it was, a betrayal to the Constitution, and one worthy of impeachment.

“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. …


And that’s that on small government

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After President of the United States Donald Trump encouraged the once protestors turned insurrectionists at his Save America Rally that “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore,” his followers predictably took him seriously. They headed over to the Capitol building to take part in the first occupation of the Capitol building since 1814. Inside, they were violent, calling to “Hang Mike Pence” and had no regard for the revere of the building or the people in it, smashing glass, busting doors, and painting graffiti. …


Unfortunately, facts don’t work.

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As if there was not already mounting evidence that conspiracy theories were a growing threat to democracy, after the January 6th Capitol occupation led by Trump-inspired, white supremacist, QAnon believing, and anti-establishment terrorists, it is now undeniable that misinformation is rampant and dangerous.

It is probably likely that there is at least one person in your life who has found a way to defend these actions, or perhaps even supported them. …


Why putting the attack on the Capitol behind us will only put it ahead of us.

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In studying human rights law and conflict resolution, you would not be quick to come across a well defined and unchanging definition of “justice” in the literature. Instead, a recovering government looks to a series of goals to achieve. The four primary goals include: (1) taking steps to establish the truth of what happened following a conflict, (2) taking steps to reform internal state systems to ensure that the conflict cannot rear its head again, (3) providing victims with reparations for harms suffered, and (4) punishing perpetrators for their abuses. …


The people and institutions who not only enabled, but profited, from Trumpism

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On January 6, 2021, Trump-supporting insurrectionists from across the United States stormed the Capitol building, creating Confederate flag gleaming chaos throughout the People’s House. Throughout the day, the insurrectionists inched closer and closer to the Capitol. Watching, I thought they surely would be pushed back once they set foot on the steps. I myself was asked to stand back by Capitol police when taking graduation pictures near the Capitol building. But met with little resistance by the police, hundreds of thousands of them found themselves not only on the steps, but roaming the halls of Capitol where every sitting senator and congressperson was located, along with the current vice president of the United States. All on the same day the votes were being counted to ensure a peaceful, democratic transition of presidential power and two new Democratic senators were elected in Georgia. Outside, others scaled the building, hanging Trump flags in triumph. …


In 1898, white supremacists invaded Wilmington, North Carolina, successfully ousting government officials and terrorizing the Black community. Two days prior, Wilmington voters elected a biracial government.

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While there is much to say about the events on Capitol Hill yesterday, one word that continues to be thrown around to describe them is “unprecedented.”

Yesterday, in what many thought could never happen on American soil, Trump supporting insurrectionists breached the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. as Congress was ceremonially counting the already certified votes from the November 2020 election, making Joe Biden and Kamala Harris President and Vice President of the United States. Their goal, to delay the peaceful transition of power and keep their leader, Donald Trump, as President of the United States.

Free, fair, and peaceful elections are a core tenet of a functioning democracy. Lose the legitimate recognition of the voices of the people, and a democracy can be considered a failure. The people attacking the Capitol wanted democracy to fail yesterday. …


Queen Elizabeth II, the protofeminist.

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Late to the royal affair, I recently started Netflix’s ‘The Crown,’ season one due to the insistence of almost every person I know. I am now well into season two but stuck thinking about the gender complexities of season one.

In season one, Her Royal Highness, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor becomes Elizabeth Regina, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and of her other realms and territories of the Commonwealth, at the age of 25 years old and the first woman to hold the position in half a century.

In that role, Queen Elizabeth, played by Claire Foy, adopts a second, dueling, identity. One in which she is an entirely neutral, emotionless, defender of the realm with only one focus to preserve the monarchy. The other is Elizabeth the woman, the wife, the sister, the human, with opinions and a desire to please. Before her coronation, Elizabeth’s mother writes her a letter mourning what has to be the death of Elizabeth, the human, and welcoming the birth of Queen Elizabeth expressing the absolute necessity of preserving and furthering the monarchy. …


According to Hilaria Baldwin, yes.

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If you have not already heard, Hilaria Baldwin was recently outed for being a Boston native, with no Spanish accent or ethnicity despite having advertised herself as a Spanish dancer, yoga instructor, author, and mother for years.

Until at least 2009, Hilaria Baldwin was known as Hillary Hayward-Thomas, the daughter to David L. Thomas Jr., a real estate lawyer and Dr. Kathryn Hayward, an internal medical specialist and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and sister to her brother, Jeremy. …


Just like with testing, President Donald Trump is defending the federal government’s record on Covid vaccine distribution, instead blaming the states for the bleak projections on distribution and administration.

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This pandemic has been a low point in global history and has created what to many has been an insufferable year. However, the end of the year brought a rare piece of good news — a vaccine to Covid-19. The availability of a vaccine brought the beginning of the end to what has been a somber 10 months of a global pandemic. Across the globe, billions of people will patiently wait for their turn to receive the vaccine and return to some sense of normalcy.

The return to normalcy however may be farther off than we’d hope. Under the Trump administration and Operation Warp Speed, a goal of 100 million distributed vaccinations by the end 2020 was promised. However, on December 20, 2020, only 2.1 …

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Law student re-discovering the joy of writing for fun. A little personal, a little political.

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