The Higher Voter Turnout Benefited All of Us

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How did Joe Biden do it? What put him over the top? He won by a comfortable margin in Michigan and Pennsylvania and a thinner margin in Wisconsin, Arizona, and Georgia. He ended up with 306 electoral college votes plus 51.1 percent of the popular vote, representing 80 million people, the largest popular vote turnout for any president in US history. Donald Trump got 232 electoral votes plus 47.2 percent of the popular vote, or 73.8 million votes.

Biden’s victory is commonly attributed to the strong turnout by Black voters, particularly Black…


Mitch McConnell Votes to Acquit but Agrees that Trump is Guilty

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Photo of the House Managers by ABC News

Former President Donald J. Trump’s acquittal in his second impeachment trial by a vote of 57–43 was disappointing but predictable. Seven Republicans voted guilty along with all the Democrats, making this “the most bipartisan impeachment event in the history of this country,” Lead House Manager Jamie Raskin (D-Md) said. Faced with overwhelming evidence that Trump incited a direct assault on US democracy, the remaining Republicans simply turned their backs on justice.

But the most unexpected turn of events came in a speech by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at…


McConnell Forges Ahead with Plan to Declare Trial Unconstitutional

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After Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment for inciting insurrection against his own country, then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell argued to delay the Senate impeachment trial. Apparently, he had one unstated objective in mind. Scheduling the trial to be held after President Joe Biden’s inauguration would ensure that Donald Trump would no longer be in office. The Republicans could then argue that a president no longer in office should not be subject to an impeachment trial.

The Republicans carried out McConnell’s plan Jan. 26, when Sen. Rand Paul took a procedural vote in the Senate on a motion to “declare…


The Inauguration

Kamala Harris Makes History as 1st Black, Female VP

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Evan Vucci, Associated Press

After four long years of the most divisive presidency in American history, Donald Trump — the first president to skip the inauguration of his successor — retreated to Mar-a-Lago while Joe Biden called for unity and healing in his inaugural address as the 46th president of the United States. And for the first time in recent history, a president used his inaugural address to target systemic racism.

Biden’s call for unity — while optimistic — did not sugarcoat the difficulty of bringing a nation together that is so divided along racial, class, and political lines. …


House Impeaches President a Second Time to “Save America”

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Photo by Alex Brandon, AP

Hubris is a dangerous cocktail of overconfidence, overambition, arrogance and pride fueled by power and success. When found alongside contempt for the advice and criticism of others, hubris causes leaders to significantly overreach themselves, taking risky and reckless decisions with harmful, sometimes catastrophic consequences for themselves, their organizations, institutions, and even for society. Eugene Sadler-Smith, Jan. 20, 2017

Hubris. In the end, that is what brought about the downfall of President Donald J. Trump. History will forever judge the Trump presidency as a catastrophe. He will be remembered as the only…


Mike Pompeo Puts Cuba Back on the State Sponsor of Terrorism List

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As President Donald J. Trump faces a second impeachment and prepares to leave the White House in disgrace, apparently he wanted to leave something behind — perhaps a consolation prize — for his loyal Cuban-American supporters in Miami. Why not lash out at Cuba, always an easy target for the right-wing?

Accordingly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “designated Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism…in a last-minute foreign policy stroke that will complicate the incoming Biden administration’s plans to restore friendlier relations with Havana,” the New York Times reported.

The charge is that Cuba supports “international terrorism.” As usual, the Trump…


Without Checks on the Executive Branch, This Could Happen Again

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Photo by Kenny Holston for the New York Times

For those of us who have made the D.C. metro area our home and consider ourselves to be “Washingtonians,” the national news has always dominated the headlines and shaped our perspectives. Political events literally form the backdrop of our lives. As a Washingtonian with a long memory, I’ve observed everything, from the assassinations of political figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the routine murders of Black people by police that prompted the Black Lives Matter movement. Nevertheless, I sat in shock as I watched live coverage of a pro-Trump mob violently forcing its way into the U.S…


She Recalls Women’s Struggle for Equal Rights

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Photo: Joe Biden and his Daughter Ashley on Nov. 7, MSNBC

In his first address as President-elect Nov. 7, Joe Biden promised to serve the country with humility and compassion and unify the nation following one of the most divisive periods of American history. “Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end — here and now,” Biden said.

Biden called on Democrats and Republicans in the electorate and in Congress to set aside their differences, see each other as fellow Americans — not enemies — and agree to cooperate. That’s a tall order after four years of Donald Trump, who expertly exploited our divisions — based on race…


Joe Biden wins as some white voters abandon Trump and Black voters turn out in large numbers

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Arguably the worst president in modern American history, Donald Trump has finally become what he hates the most — a loser. Joe Biden became the President elect by a slim margin as alienated white Trump supporters abandoned him, and Black voters turned out for in large numbers. After the media announced the victory on Jan. 7, an emotional Van Jones on CNN said, “This is vindication for a lot of people!”

The Longest Vote Count in History?

As the hours turned into days that felt like weeks, poll workers counted the votes. The massive numbers of votes that arrived by mail meant an agonizing wait for…


He Continues to Shape the Future of the Democratic Party

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Photo by Author: Bernie Sanders at SEIU Campaign Event in DC 11/14/19

Despite the best efforts of some mainstream Democrats to sideline Sen. Bernie Sanders, he continues to make his mark on the Democratic Party and the 2020 presidential election. Since he left the race, Bernie has kept his promise to campaign continually for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris while encouraging young people to vote. He understands clearly what’s at stake. On Sept. 24, Bernie told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC that he was seriously concerned that President Trump might claim a false victory and seize office.

“This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy,” Bernie said, “and democracy must win!”

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Victoria Baldassano

Freelance Writer, PT English Prof, President MC PT Faculty Union (SEIU Loc 500), Political Activist, Democrat/Socialist, follow me on Twitter @VictoriaBaldas2

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