General Commentary

Ten Most Important Tweets of 2017

Ten Most Important Tweets of 2017

2017 became the year of the Twitter Presidency – but it wasn’t all about @RealDonaldTrump. From social movements to political movements, causes to humor, here are the 10 tweets that we feel carried the most weight this year. 10. "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm

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Hollow Populism

Hollow Populism

McKean County, Pennsylvania: I’ve been visiting this place since I was a kid. It’s quiet, with good hunting. Next to the Allegheny River, near the northern border of the state, it’s removed from pretty much everything. There’s a college town about 25 miles away, but in the winter, the mountain roads are often impassable. As a young boy, I found

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The Top 10 Immigration Developments of 2017

The Top 10 Immigration Developments of 2017

That 2017 has been a tumultuous year for immigration in the United States is not exactly a revelation. President Trump campaigned on this issue and has sought to deliver on many of his campaign promises. If you’re pro-immigration, there are not many positives to report this year except that public opinion remains strongly pro-immigration and resistance to the President’s immigration

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Game On?

Game On?

There’s a game being played somewhere in Donald Trump’s mind. No one is quite sure of what the game is or what the rules are, or even what the objective is. None-the-less, yesterday afternoon Trump declared, “America is in the game and America is going to win.” While 325 million people scratched their collective heads on Monday, Trump apparently had

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Women are equal. Period.

Women are equal. Period.

You’ve heard the statistics: 40% of women are the primary breadwinners of their home, if women got paid equally as men the US economy would double, etc. These statistics are irrelevant. Women don’t deserve equal opportunity because “it’s good for our economy” or “good for their children” or “good for their family.” A woman’s value isn’t dependent on her relationship

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How to Write a College Application Essay

How to Write a College Application Essay

Putting together a college application can feel like an impossible task. After all, this is your future we’re talking about. There’s a lot at stake here. But here’s the good news: you’re more prepared than you may think. All of those writing assignments you completed throughout high school have provided you with the experience and skills needed to write a

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WHAT MAKES A VIRGINIAN FIGHT?

WHAT MAKES A VIRGINIAN FIGHT?

Growing up in Virginia gives one a unique perspective.  We Virginians spend our formative years immersed in history, and almost daily we’re reminded of the role our state played in the forging of America.  We’ve been on both sides of history, and our pride is tempered with a healthy dose of humility.  When Massachusetts started a fight it couldn’t win

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POLITICAL CARTOON

POLITICAL CARTOON

Cokes the Self-Preservation Out Differing from presidents of the past, President Trump appears to execute the typical day in favor of personal interests. Each day the president engages in excessive social media use and cable television. President Trump continues to challenge normative presidential behavior. Appearing in the New York Times, Inside Trump's Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation states, "For other presidents, every day is a

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#KeepTellingPeople

#KeepTellingPeople

From the office, to the dorm room, to everyday life - sexual harassment, assault, and rape are an epidemic. The time for change is NOW. With every new voice that speaks up, another person is empowered to tell their story. Another person calls out harassment. Another person becomes an ally in the fight against assault. We will speak up. We

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Creative Coalition urges victims of sexual assault and harassment to #KeepTellingPeople

Creative Coalition urges victims of sexual assault and harassment to #KeepTellingPeople

  The Creative Coalition launched a PSA campaign to encourage people who have experienced sexual harassment and assault to keep talking and fight back. The Creative Coalition Tim Daly, Cheryl Hines, Alyssa Milano and Wanda Sykes want you to #KeepTellingPeople. In a PSA out Tuesday, the actors lead a team from The Creative Coalition to shine a spotlight on the wave of allegations

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ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY LEADERS UNANIMOUSLY FORM AND FUND COMMISSION FOR ELIMINATING SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ADVANCING EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY LEADERS UNANIMOUSLY FORM AND FUND COMMISSION FOR ELIMINATING SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ADVANCING EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE

Anita Hill named Commission Chair   LOS ANGELES – December 15, 2017 – Following widespread revelations of pervasive sexual harassment and assault in the media and entertainment industries, executives, independent experts and advisors have come together in a unanimous effort to tackle the broad culture of abuse and power disparity by forming and funding the Commission on Sexual Harassment and

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The Daily Dog: A Web of Greed

The Daily Dog: A Web of Greed

The Trump regime took another goose-step down the yellow-brick road of fascism on Thursday as the FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality rules. The rules, another Obama-era accomplishment and clear target of Little Donnie Dotard’s ego, protected America’s free use of the internet as an extension of freedoms of speech, expression, and information. With the repeal vote, there could be

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Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue

The dust had barely settled on Alabama’s election, when the Trump regime kicked into full gear again to ram through its sham of a tax reform bill. On Wednesday, White House lapdog and sometimes Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell demanded that a vote be held on the tax bill…before Doug Jones is sworn in as Alabama’s new senator. Trump, McConnell,

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Why the Masses Vote to Make the Rich Richer

Why the Masses Vote to Make the Rich Richer

Many explanations have been offered for the current political situation. How do Republicans control Congress when more votes are cast for Democratic congresspersons? Gerrymandering and vote suppression. How did Trump win so much support despite disadvantages that would have disqualified any previous candidate? White, working-class, tribalist anger over minority progress, stoked by Russian fake news. But how do the rich,

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The Real War on Christmas

The Real War on Christmas

For years the GOP has stated that there is a war on Christmas. I have never quite understood this war, but if there is a war, Christmas is winning. Just take a look around. Since as early as September, many retailers had already started playing Christmas music, and selling Christmas trees and ornaments. For all intents and purposes, I do

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A Need for Guardians

A Need for Guardians

The famed question Quis custodiet ipsos custodes, or, “Who will guard the guards?” is best known from Plato’s Republic.  Plato argued that the just are so because righteousness is imposed upon them.  When one could get away with being unjust, Plato argued, he would do so. Our country’s founders attempted to prevent injustice by developing a tripartite government in which

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Not Fair

Not Fair

When I was about six years old, I was visiting with my grandmother.  She was driving one of her out of proportionally large Cadillacs.  Miles away, in the front passenger seat, sinking in the overly plush leather upholstery, I gazed out the window.  I don't recall whether a conversation or something I saw outside prompted me, but I was protesting,

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Onward. Forward.

Onward. Forward.

So, Democrats it's election night 2016, I’m excited I’m feeling confident going into the polls. I’m excited about voting for our next president Hillary Clinton. I, and so many others thought for sure we would have this election wrapped up a little after 8 PM. We were so wrong and I do wish to apologize I should have done more

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Being the Change

Being the Change

Every family has traditions.  In the Pransky house, we have several, especially around the holidays.  The tree goes up on Thanksgiving day, after the meal.  Presents are wrapped all at once, on Christmas Eve after the kids are asleep; no one sees the full stack until Christmas morning.  There’s an elf on our shelf.  In the past, we used to

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Black Eye Economics

Black Eye Economics

Black Friday…that wonderful American tradition when we show the rest of the world how prosperous our nation is by diving down shopping aisles, rioting in malls, and fighting over one available television to save money. When the Soviets did it for bread in the 70s and 80s, our nation ridiculed them, but since we do it for consumer electronics it

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DISSENT – THE MOST AMERICAN BEHAVIOR

DISSENT – THE MOST AMERICAN BEHAVIOR

“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…” – The Declaration of Independence Consider the mood of the Constitutional Convention of 1787.  Certainly there was joy – the joy of

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Embrace Your Voice. And Raise It.

Embrace Your Voice. And Raise It.

It has never been more important to take action in defense of American democracy. It may seem harder than usual this holiday season to find things to be thankful for. If you’re a rational human being who is paying attention, our physically and politically overheated world seems headed straight toward hell in a Trump-branded handbasket. But the first amendment still

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The FCC Should Not Give Broadband Providers the Keys to Your Internet Freedom

The FCC Should Not Give Broadband Providers the Keys to Your Internet Freedom

By FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn This week, millions of Americans returned to work after spending time with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday. Amidst the travel and meal preparations, many may have missed the “Pre-Holiday News Dump” last Wednesday when Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai released his 200 plus page proposal to dismantle the agency’s open internet

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GOP: Pro-birth, Anti-Life.

GOP: Pro-birth, Anti-Life.

GOP: Because the Right to Life Beings at Conception, but Ends at Birth          We have all seen the placards at rallies: “Abortion is murder.”  We have seen the State and Federal laws seeking to restrict or even eliminate access to abortions.  We have seen laws stripping insurance coverage for birth control, passed, ostensibly, to protect religious objections to the

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WTF!

WTF!

If Friday was black, Monday was blacker for the Trump regime as inane and self-aggrandizing policymaking began clogging the swamp’s drainpipe. The federal government is beginning to appear more like a three-branch circus than an established democratic institution. At the center of the debacle is a greedy little pig leading the elephants off the high wire — without a net.

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Am I Changing or Is the World?

Am I Changing or Is the World?

Most of us have heard the saying, “if you’re not a liberal by twenty, you have no heart; but if you’re not a conservative by thirty you have no brain.”  The context that I’ve most often heard is one person condescending to a younger person, with the presumption that his or her opinion is superior because of age. I have

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No One Gets A Pass — Not Even Bill Clinton

No One Gets A Pass — Not Even Bill Clinton

As the recent flurry of sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful men continues to snowball, conservatives have relished in reminding liberals that our beloved Bill Clinton is likewise an accused predator. As much as it pains me to admit this—as a Democrat, a Hillary supporter and a fan of the former president’s politics—they are absolutely right. While the image

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The #GOPTaxPlan is a #BadDealForWomen

The #GOPTaxPlan is a #BadDealForWomen

As the GOP tax bill vote looms ahead in the Senate—they could vote as early as Thursday or Friday—it’s imperative to understand which groups the proposed plan protects and which ones it would hurt, and how. In short, the tax plan would benefit corporations and the wealthiest Americans, while devastating our most vulnerable populations: low-income families, women, children, the disabled

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