Recent revelations about the Trump administration show that he was every bit the danger to the Republic as people thought he was

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Despite losing his Twitter account, the presidency, and all the power that comes with it, Donald Trump won’t go away. And his scandals, much like the man himself, keep coming back into the public’s eye. With every new revelation that comes out of the now-former Trump administration, the twisted nature of the last four years seems even darker.

On Thursday, the New York Times reported that the Justice Department, under the leadership of former Attorneys General Jeff Sessions and William Barr, seized the records of several Democrats in Congress, along with their family members. …


Lost Cause mythology remains strong, but it needs to be stomped out like the propaganda it is.

Confederate Flag of Fort Jackson via Wiki Commons

The debate over Confederate statutes was once again ignited last Monday after Charlottesville’s city council decided to remove two statues dedicated to Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. The decision was partially motivated by the violent arrival of white supremacists at the infamous ‘Unite the Right” rally of 2017, which resulted in the murder of Heather Heyer, a counter-protester. But with this decision, a clear disconnect has emerged with some right-wing pundits.

Reacting to the city’s decision, The Daily Wire’s Cabot Phillips wrote, “Good. I prefer monuments of people who fought for America, not against it.” …


The 1619 Project, while flawed, is critical to understanding the role of race in American history.

History is a finicky thing. Research methods are constantly evolving, and ways of studying that were once considered golden today are revealed to be flawed tomorrow. Previous understandings of the past sometimes fall apart or are revised upon finding new evidence. In many cases, researchers go in thinking one thing about a given subject only to come out of their project thinking something completely different. However, that process depends largely on the independence of the researcher and their ability to analyze the sources they’re using critically. However, recently, that independence has been under attack by members of the U.S …


The New York Hedge Fund owned by Randall Smith has obliterated an already struggling industry

Democracy is not self-maintaining, and freedom isn’t free. For years, Americans have been bombarded with these phrases, but very few fully comprehend the value of those words or the more subtle meanings behind them. Local news is on the decline within this day and age, and with it, an informed public. While there is no singular cause for said fall, one name stands out as a key accomplice in the death of local news: Alden Global Capital.

The decline of local news is not just some old tradition in decline. Since 2004, 2,000 American newspapers have gone out of business…


Speaker Pelosi’s decision to veto Republican choices to the committee on January 6th is a rare sign of backbone. Let’s hope it continues.

“I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee….” Those were the words of Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, as she rejected two Republican suggestions to sit on the commission to investigate January 6th. The move is sure to anger many Republicans, but that is inevitable these days. Despite what some have suggested, Pelosi’s decision is the best move she has made in a long time.

While some may howl and wail about bipartisanship, reality doesn’t support their complaints. Bipartisanship was never going to happen as long as the Republican party was tied to the…


Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro is at again. This time fighting with NPR, accusing the outlet of supporting censorship against his company, The Daily Wire.

The article, titled Outrage As A Business Model: How Ben Shapiro Is Using Facebook To Build An Empire, written by NPR’s Miles Parks,did not say what Shapiro alleged. Instead, the article examined The Wire’s business model and how it interacted with the Facebook algorithm, specifically how the Wire’ s reporting acts as a parasite on the body politic.

Describing the nature of Shapiro’s website, Miles writes that:

Daily Wire articles with headlines such as “BOOK REVIEW…


Seven months after he was banned from Twitter and Facebook, the former president is suing both social media companies. The suit, announced on Wednesday, alleges that social media companies amount to a state actor, meaning they are governments and are, therefore, subject to the 1st Amendment. Though the former president and his allies appear confident in their ability to win the suit, the chances of its success are slim and are more in line with a vain attempt to get attention.

Trump’s efforts to get back into the public eye have all been met with overwhelming failure. Since his ban…


Jeffrey Toobin’s recent re-hiring at CNN shows that sexist double standards still retain their power.

In the era of MeToo and supposed “cancel culture,” it is perhaps shocking that Jeffrey Toobin, the former New Yorker contributor who was fired for masturbating on a Zoom call, has returned to CNN. However, the awkward interview that came up with his return indicates the seriousness of Toobin’s firing and recognizes the inherent preference given to men in the public sphere.

The public has always struggled with the proper response to scandals, particularly involving sex. To this day, people are torn over the infamous scandal between Bill Clinton and Monika Lewinski. Lewinski, fate would have it, is also an…


On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted 285 to 120 to remove statues of several confederates and white supremacist figures from Capitol grounds, including former Chief Justice and Confederate Vice-President Jefferson Davis. 1 The vote, though still dependent upon approval from the Senate, is sure to invigorate the debate over the role of historical artifacts in the public square. But more than that, the partisan inclination of the vote reveals the changing perception and misconceptions surrounding the role of history.

While the vote is largely symbolic in nature, the significance of the decision can’t be understated. In this debate lies…


How an alt-right propagandist is trying to rebrand herself

Lauren Southern via Wiki Commons

In the age of online commentary, nothing can be erased. What goes on the internet stays on the internet, as the saying goes. Try as we might, there will always be posts that we regret, embarrassing things we said that we wish we could take back. Maybe you posted a picture on Facebook that you shouldn’t have, or perhaps you got into a fight with your friend over a misunderstanding. For most people, this is the extent of their online sins, but for others, their online commentary is far less innocent. In the case of Lauren Southern, that online persona…

Conor Kelly

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