The Saudi government’s sins present an opportunity to kick an atrocious monarchy to the curb.

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The U.S. officially acknowledged that crowned Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the murder of Jama Khashoggi on Friday. The report, now publicly available, throws a wrench into the controversial relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia. The report’s content is sure to put the Biden administration in an uncomfortable position politically, but it is a call to action for human rights activism.

So far, President Biden has not acted against Mohammed Bin Salman, the man responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s death. Instead, he has put travel restrictions on other Saudis who were involved in Khashoggi’s murder, as well as members…


The selfish arrogance of the anti-Mask movement is obscene, cruel and worthy of one thing: condemnation

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The United States officially lost 500,000 people to COVID-19, NPR reported on Monday, marking an untenable loss of life that could’ve been avoided. It is a dark moment in our country’s history, not unlike the death and destruction wrought by the 1918 Pandemic, which killed 675,000 Americans. However, the deaths haven’t stopped and will likely increase throughout the year, a tragic reality that many Americans feel helpless to stop. Despite those feelings, however, Americans are far from helpless and have the means to help stop this unnecessary and tragic wave of death. …


How so-called skeptics disregarded the testimony of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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It is a sad thing to witness a controversy in motion, more so when the controversy is manufactured. Even more so when the topic being raged over is sensitive in its nature. Such was the case with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s testimony from last week. And it was painfully predictable.

Last week, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez decided to reveal some of her personal experiences with the capitol riot in an hour-long video on her Instagram. The video was largely based on her memory and was off the cuff, trying to provide a general sense of the events that happened to her bit by bit. During the video, AOC explained that she heard a long bang throughout the hallway and heard someone screaming for her, something that she admits distressed her. In the end, she revealed that she realized the banging was coming from a capitol police officer who was looking to escort…


Republican conspiracism has been long in the making.

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I have recently had the great displeasure of talking about Marjorie Taylor Green and her allegation of Jewish Space Lasers creating the California wildfires on my podcast. It was rather difficult to discuss, as the post itself is beyond insane. It claims that the Rothschilds, a family of Jewish bankers, had a satellite to fire into California to destroy California’s forests. I could go on and on about how absurd such claims are or how they reveal a deep-seated problem with Rep. Greene specifically. But the more I think about it, the more this incident of blatant absurdity becomes almost…


Dr. King’s legacy must be shown in its fullest power

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Monday was Martin Luther King Jr., and we all know what that means. Millions of Americans begin praising his name, smiling at the thought of a preacher who “ended” racism in America. Channels like MSNBC will show movies such as Selma, praising the nonviolence of his struggle, and Americans will try to look fondly on their nation as if his struggle ever ended. And while remembrance is good, I can not help but notice just how far removed from Dr. King’s vision America truly is. Not to mention the fact that most Americans never really got to know Dr. …


The unoriginal victimhood rhetoric from Shapiro conceals legitimate criticism against him.

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Controversy struck Politico, on Thursday, when the firebrand and right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro was probed to write their famous daily newsletter, Playbook. In his addition to the acclaimed newsletter, Shapiro argued that the reason many Republicans refused to impeach Trump was a general and widespread belief that liberals and lefties more generally were out to destroy them politically. In reaction, many internal staffers at Politico criticized the decision, with one reporter from the news organization calling Shapiro a pundit with “a long history of bigoted and incendiary commentary…” Shapiro’s response was predictable, and he did not disappoint. For several, Shapiro…


A dishonest argument in the New York Post needs some correcting

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America is reeling. It is reeling from a horrid attempt to overthrow the United States Government and a constitutionally-mandated certification process. It is reeling because the United States President can not be trusted to avoid inciting a riot, much less indulging conspiracy theories that precipitated a said riot. America is reeling because 147 Republican members of the House of Representatives voted to overturn an election, legitimizing an insurrection that killed five people. One of those killed in the violence was Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick. Sicknick has become a symbol of the loss and pain of the violence on capitol…


Removing Mitch is the best way forward.

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For the last two days, I have been writing about how our society needs to change its thinking. Specifically, I have been focused on the way we think about government and its role in American society. Much of my recent commentary is focused on the role of America’s body politic, how it views itself, and how it views the people in power more generally. And while I stand by those recent writings, I can not deny that they are only part of the picture. In the recent two months, it has become increasingly…


The appeal of inexperience in politics must end.

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I have heard it said that all bad things have a lesson behind them. Maybe that’s true. Maybe not. But suppose any of us are going to recover from the now floundering Trump administration and its self-destructive legacy. In that case, we must learn from the administration and its effect on our body politic. There are many lessons that I, along with many other Americans, have been forced to learn. But the one that sticks out to me lies in the idea of the outsider politician. It was a noxious idea from the beginning, and it has proven to be…


America needs a new paradigm for governance

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Republican obstructionism continued on Tuesday, as Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell blocked yet another attempt by Democrats to provide $2,000 in stimulus to desperate Americans. The battle over the stimulus probably won’t end with that one vote and may carry on into next week, but Americans will continue to suffer in the meantime. Republicans in the Senate will likely argue that it is important not to add to the debt. And it is tempting to indulge that argument, to refute it with allegations of hypocrisy. Many would rightly point out that the Republicans have never taken the debt seriously during…

Conor Kelly

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