Revisiting For Emma, Forever Ago

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It’s impossible to know the exact moment that your life has hit rock bottom. When it occurs, we can’t tell if our failed relationship, layoff at work or denied credit card is another one of life’s cruel trials or if we’ve truly reached the rocky end. The nadir, the absolute end upon which we’ll build our new life. It’s only when we look back that we can assign a certain time as the lowest point in our life.

In 2000, a friend invited Barack Obama to the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. At the…


Politics is a game of power and leverage. In a country like the United States, it’s near impossible for a single person or institution to wield absolute power. Each actor is balanced in a delicate web of alternating parts. This multi-variable concoction ensures both that power is distributed through a network of different groups, and, that leaders are often reliant upon webs of alliances.

One of the most common alliances is between the nation’s politicians and business community. This relationship is usually visible from the start. Typically, one of the first calls that a candidate makes after announcing a candidacy…


On Sunday June 2nd, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was invited onto a Fox News town hall to express her views and opinions as she seeks to garner support in the upcoming Democratic primaries. One of this election’s unexpected surprises has been the emergence of Fox News town halls as a legitimate barometer of success for Democratic candidates. After a surprisingly well-received performance by Senator Bernie Sanders, other candidates such as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg have also used the venue as a platform to bolster their credentials.

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While Fox News will always be enemy territory for Democrats, the forums…


The 2018 Midterm Elections

What This Means for 2020

The 2018 midterm elections are finally over. After two years of protests, predictions and political prophecies, we have our results. While there are still contested races at the time of this piece’s publishing, the general outcome of the races is clear enough to make some observations, as well as future predictions.

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Both parties claimed victory from Tuesday night. Perhaps it is fitting that in today’s post-truth media landscape, that who won the midterms is dependent upon who you ask. As both sides have things to cheer, and things to mourn; it’s…

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