The youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history read “The Hill We Climb,” which she finished after the riot at the Capitol. “I’m not going to in any way gloss over what we’ve seen,” she says.

Mr. President, Dr. Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr. Emhoff, Americans, and the world…

(0:12) When day comes we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. We’ve braved the belly of the beast. We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace. In the norms and notions of what just is isn’t always justice. And yet, the dawn is ours before we knew it.

Somehow we do it. Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished. We, the successors of a country and a time…

My message to my fellow Americans and friends around the world following this week’s attack on the Capitol.

Here is his speech in full:

“I would like to say a few words to my fellow Americans and to our friends around the world about the events of recent days.

“I grew up up in Austria. I’m very aware of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass. It was a night of rampage against the Jews carried out in 1938 by the equivalent of the Proud Boys.

“Wednesday was the Day of Broken Glass right here in the United States. The broken glass was in the windows of the United States Capitol. …

He has said that he doesn’t love the idea. There is no reason not to believe him. Relatively few people love the idea.

by Habib Fanny
— October 17, 2020

What it means to ‘pack’ the Supreme Court? More in WaPo

He has said that he doesn’t love the idea. There is no reason not to believe him. Relatively few people love the idea. If you had asked Democrats in 2009 when they controlled Congress and the White House, if they were in favor of adding seats to the Supreme Court, they would have unequivocally said no. They had the power. But constitutional though this would have been, it would have rightly been perceived as a violation of norms.

But times have changed. Republicans defended their actions in 2016 and 2020 by pointing to…

It has come to my attention that many young progressives are angry at the Democratic party in general — and its choice of Joe Biden in particular — and that they’re considering either voting for a third party or not voting at all.

by Andy Edelstein

Is this you? If so, my two sons — both concerned progressives in their twenties — have asked me to talk to you. Both want me to urge you to reconsider, for the sake of the things we — they, you, and I — all want.

I’ll start by saying that we’ve come to a unique moment. That the virus has changed everything, including the prospects for change.

It’s a moment that presents more opportunity for progressive causes than we’re likely to see again for many years.

Expanded healthcare. Livable minimum wage. Criminal justice reform. Action on…

“In my culture, death is not the end. it’s more of a stepping off point.” — Chadwick Boseman Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Representation matters. RIP in eternal peace Chadwick Boseman 💔. — THE ROOT

Answer to “How important is it for comic book fans to see an African superhero and for all people to see a non-stereotypical person of color on the big screen?” by Chadwick Boseman, Actor, Writer, Director; Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, on Quora:

Seeing an African American superhero is not on the same level as seeing President Obama, let me put it that way. But it’s a similar experience for a young black boy or girl to see an African superhero, it makes them not have any boundaries in their mind about that what they can do.

“The most objectionable feature of the conservative attitude is its
propensity to reject well-substantiated new knowledge because it dislikes some of the consequences which seem to follow from it — or, to put it bluntly, its obscurantism.”

By Nobel laureate Friedrich. A. Hayek

We publish here the full text of Hayek’s 1960 essay, not as an uncritical praise of his ideas, and observations, but as a reference to discuss the state of the current day “conservatism” in the USA.

Willful “obscurantism” mentioned by Hayek 60 years ago has become the trademark of the Republican Party, under the leadership of Donald J. Trump. 20 years after Hayek, one of the foremost writers of science-fiction, Isaac Asimov, wrote an opinion piece in the January 21st, 1980 issue of Newsweek entitled “The cult of ignorance”. This article is perhaps one…

The oligarch agenda has always been straightforward: lower taxes and eliminate regulation.

Read: “A Republican tax plan built for plutocrats” in the Financial Times

by Andy Edelstein

Fifty years of Republicanism has brought us to this.

A pandemic so out of control, the world sees us as a slow-motion car crash they can’t look away from.

An economic nosedive, steeper and faster than any before it, with no chance of recovery as long as the virus stays rampant.

An unemployment catastrophe, with sixteen million people out of work, with their health insurance likely cut off, with massive evictions looming, and their government lifeline severed.

These are all directly attributable, yes to Trump, but even more to the Republican party, which has been working its way down to this moment for fifty years. Long…

Alex Denethorn

Can I be 100% blunt here? It won’t.

There’ll be a little bit of a honeymoon from President Biden taking office — the international community have been waiting for an adult to step in, and deal with a State Department that actually wants to negotiate in good faith, instead of having Ivanka Trump turning up to important meetings with world leaders. Biden’s much more respected by the international community, and he’ll presumably impanel a Secretary of State that actually knows what they’re doing.

…the greatest harm perpetrated by the Trump Administration is a gradual dumbing-down of the Federal agencies under his purview…

That observed…the damage has…

1.) Voter suppression, 2.) Personal choice, 3.) Obstacles to access, 4.) Lack of rights

By Andrew Joseph Pegoda

At least 40% to 90% of American voters stay home during elections, evidence that low voter turnout for both national and local elections is a serious problem throughout the United States.

With the 2020 presidential election approaching, directives for people to “get out and vote” will be firing up again.

Some people might be indifferent or simply not care, but many who forgo voting have legitimate reasons.

Over the past decade, through my extensive research on civil rights and oppression, through my observations of social media comments and through my conversations with hundreds of college students…

41 years ago, on July 15, 1979, President Jimmy Carter went on national television to share with America his diagnosis of a nation in crisis. Donald Trump’s presidency is the crowning of this ongoing crisis. It’s time to recognize Carter’s prophetic wisdom, and apologize for not paying attention.

“All the legislation in the world,” Jimmy Carter proclaimed, “can’t fix what’s wrong with America.” He went on to call upon American citizens to reflect on the meaning and purpose of their lives together.

At the time, many Americans thought it was weak and uninspiring, and revealed a leader that did not know how to lead.

Today I think it’s possibly the most honest speech made by a U.S. president since Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address.

In this July 15, 1979 Speech, Jimmy Carter has a heart to heart with the American people on issues such as energy, greed and…

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