The Election Becomes a Referendum on Gun Violence
Aug12

The Election Becomes a Referendum on Gun Violence

In stark contrast to recent Presidential elections, the issue of gun violence has taken center stage in this year’s race. Five years ago, in May 2011, The Washington Post ran an article titled, “NRA tries to keep gun issues alive in 2012 presidential race.” “On the convention floor,” reporter Rosalind S. Heiderman wrote, “amid dozens of stalls exhibiting hunting gear, high-powered binoculars and guns of every size and shape, NRA...

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“Get on the Boat, People”: The Left Is Winning. We Can’t Stop Now.
Aug08

“Get on the Boat, People”: The Left Is Winning. We Can’t Stop Now.

Over a week since the Democratic National Convention ended, I am still hearing ambivalence about it from friends who identify as progressive and left. Writer Maisha Z. Johnson posted on Facebook about her emotional whiplash during the DNC, which resonated so well that it went viral. To a certain extent, I can relate. Like Elizabeth Warren, I have lingering concerns about transparency and accountability within the DNC process, and I...

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ICYMI: The Most Moving Speeches from the First Two Days of the DNC

Days here at the DNC are long. Caucus sessions happen at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the morning, then the action moves over to the Wells Fargo Center in the afternoon. Speeches begin at 4 p.m. and last until about 11 p.m. Most reactions to speeches I’ve seen on social media respond to the headliners: Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Michelle Obama. But tucked in between party luminaries are smaller...

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Tales of Two Parties: the RNC and the DNC, and Democrats Divided
Jul26

Tales of Two Parties: the RNC and the DNC, and Democrats Divided

The first day of the Democratic National Convention opened under clouds of rain and controversy. Wikileaks’ revelations that yes, in fact, the Democratic National Committee had been biased against the Bernie Sanders campaign brought the discontentment of the Sanders supporters to a head. As the Convention got underway, demonstrators sporting Bernie campaign t-shirts marched through the streets and besieged the entrance to the...

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Elizabeth Warren Takes Her Fight to the People
May15

Elizabeth Warren Takes Her Fight to the People

Senator Elizabeth Warren has a populist vision for America. But can she take this message to the streets?

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