Category: Stars, Stripes, and Surprises

Tsunami Watch: Blue Wave Coming?

All political eyes are turned to Wichita, KS.
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The ingredients for a rising wave were all there. The controversial Republican president’s approval rating sat at an abysmal 28%. As elections approached, a special election was declared for the early springtime in a district that had been Republican since the…

Unintelligent Intelligence

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Recently, Congressman Devin Nunes of California, chair of the Intelligence Committee, revealed that Donald Trump’s team was caught up in incidental surveillance conducted during the election cycle. While this development was reported as a seeming vindication of President Trump’s controversial…

Dear Andrew, Why Did My Bill Fail?

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Today, this satirical armchair pundit got a mysterious letter in the mail from a certain “Raul Pyan”, from Wisconsin. I curiously opened it, and read the letter: “Dear Andrew, Why did my bill fail? I did everything right, or so…

G(ouging)O(ur)P(oor)

Many activists are upset with the GOPs moves on healthcare and the budget.
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The 1956 Republican Party platform calls for “reductions in taxes with particular consideration for low and middle income families,” brags about Eisenhower’s minimum wage increases, and calls for the strengthening of programs like social security. The 1950s and 1960s were…

Distract, Deceive, Repeat

Current Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, a longtime Trump backer, communicated with the Russian government despite his denials.
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Last Saturday, President Donald Trump sent out perhaps one of the strangest tweets of his presidency thus far. He alleged (somehow misspelling “tap” in the process) that former President Obama had tapped the phones at Trump Tower to gain campaign…

After the Vote-A Unified DNC

Tom Perez, now DNC chair, addresses a crowd.
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From Saturday’s Democratic National Committee leadership vote, my favourite chair candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, emerged not as a victor in his race, but as a rising Democratic star with higher stock. The main two candidates, Tom Perez and Keith Ellison…

Mayor Pete for the DNC

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The much-heralded Democratic National Committee chairperson race comes to a close this weekend as national committee members vote for a new chair to replace Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who stepped down last year. A number of high-profile contenders are in the…

The Blue Tea Party

In 2009 and 2010, the right wing Tea Party movement quickly gained traction.
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In 2009, Rick Santelli’s epic CNBC rant on the floor of the Chicago stock exchange lambasting President Obama’s mortgage relief contained the legendary line “We’re thinking of having a Chicago tea party in July.” This single sentence precipitated a right-wing political…

How Not to Fight Trump

Protests turned violent at UC-Berkeley.
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A few days ago, I was scrolling through tweets and came across a number of references to this news story. Recently, a middle school student in St Louis was physically attacked on a bus by other students because he wore…