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We’ve gotten to the point where it wouldn’t be 21st Century America without a new political scandal splashed across the headlines of every major print media outlet and TV network. Since 2016, it’s felt as though it can’t truly be a scandal of American politics unless it centers around a coverup of some sort.

This week, headlines have been rocked by the news that New York City Mayor Andrew Cuomo, a bona fide hero of the Covid-19 pandemic, had allegedly hidden some data regarding the severity of the pandemic in his city, specifically regarding the number of nursing home residents…


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Donald Trump no longer has the megaphone long provided by social media. The Fox News feedback loop that came to define the political media during his time in office has stopped, at least for now. In a world where Trump is unable to constantly comment on every Democratic Senator tweet and Breitbart conspiracy theory, room has been made for speculation regarding the future of both our former president and his entire party. …


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$1,400 stimulus checks. $160 billion for vaccines and testing. $350 billion for states and cities. That’s the bullet point summary of Joe Biden’s proposed stimulus plan, a policy shift that our new president seems determined to pass, regardless of support of the GOP. That’s a wise decision, given how unlikely the party of Donald Trump is to support any policy that helps America’s poorest and unemployed.

Conservatives, though, aren’t the only party taking issue with Biden’s plan. Larry Summers, the former Secretary of Treasury under President Bill Clinton, recently reappeared in headlines for penning an op-ed in the Washington Post…


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I’m one of the many 20-somethings who used to watch Fox News clips to laugh at them. In college my friends and I did the same thing with Alex Jones and Ben Shapiro, applauding the efforts of liberal comedians like Stephen Colbert and John Oliver who satirized them. In the months leading up to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential victory, we laughed at Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson’s childlike embrace of him as the new face of the Republican party — convinced like the rest of the country that he couldn’t possibly win. …


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We’re not quite a week into Joe Biden’s presidency and most of America seems to be breathing easier. While Democrats are busy photoshopping Bernie Sanders’ inauguration photo onto every possible background, Trump’s base seems to be keeping busy with their favorite pastime — sharing conspiracy theories.

Even as Biden and Vice-President Harris surround themselves with smart, qualified people and promise a slow but steady return to normalcy, it is clear that distrust and polarization continue to reign supreme over America’s political landscape. Never are these attributes more prominently displayed than through the types of news shared by people in different…


America Needs a New Walter Cronkite

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We’re not quite a week into Joe Biden’s presidency and most of America seems to be breathing easier. While Democrats are busy photoshopping Bernie Sanders’ inauguration photo onto every possible background, Trump’s base seems to be keeping busy with their favorite pastime — sharing conspiracy theories.

Even as Biden and Vice-President Harris surround themselves with smart, qualified people and promise a slow but steady return to normalcy, it is clear that distrust and polarization continue to reign supreme over America’s political landscape. Never are these attributes more prominently displayed than through the types of…


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Tomorrow, in about 12 hours, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as President and Vice-President of the United States. Donald Trump will depart Washington, DC and if there is a God, he will never again set foot in the White House. In the days to come, Biden and Harris will step into action repairing the damage caused by Trump’s disastrous policies. The sun has quite literally already set on the Trump administration and will rise tomorrow on the era of Joe Biden.

Even though things are about to change, the tragic and dangerous phenomenon known as ‘Trumpism’…


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Free speech was the first political issue that I felt passionate about.

I’ve always tried to maintain the principles that everyone should be allowed to voice an opinion so long as it doesn’t include hate speech targeting marginalized communities or incite violence. Until Donald Trump took office, that was never really a problem. In the years leading up to it, I watched Republican politicians such as John McCain and Mitt Romney maintain a level of professionalism both during rallies and on the debate stage. While I didn’t agree with much of what they were saying, they also weren’t making blatantly…


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As a college senior, I attended a talk given by Professor Jeremi Suri who holds the title of Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs, of the University of Texas at Austin, during which he stated, “We don’t study history to be Monday morning quarterback.” In my years since, as a student of history and politics, I’ve tried to abide by that, but today as I watch disturbing reports of the siege of Capitol Hill by legions of armed supporters of Donald Trump, I am left with one thought above all — this was predictable.

That’s not to…


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As we near the end of 2020, the list of people who have acknowledged Joe Biden’s victory has grown to include both Mitch McConnell and Kellyanne Conway. The editorial board of the conservative New York Post, likely President Trump’s most loyal media ally aside from Breitbart, has urged him to give up his quest to see the election results overturned.

Even with some of his top loyalists turning against him, Trump can still boast an alarming following of dedicated voters who refuse to acknowledge that their leader is anything less than the savior of humanity. These aren’t just the suit-wearing…

Samuel O'Brient

Economic policy analyst for U.S. RESIST NEWS and founder of political and economic commentary blog My Side of the Aisle. Contact me at sc.obrient@gmail.com.

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