I’ve seen a saying passed around on social media lately. It started as a tweet from Mohamad Safa, but has been shared widely — I’ve seen it on multiple Instagram stories. In the tweet, Safa implies that we should vote like we’re “getting on the bus” instead of getting married. Mr. Safa tells us to get “closest to where you want to be.” This is a classic take, more boringly known as harm reduction. …


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I’m disgusted. Obviously I’m disgusted by the police forces that think they have free rein to kill Black people on a whim. And obviously I’m disgusted by the individual police officers (and others) who continue to murder Black people just for existing. The murder of Michael Brown was one of the formative moments of my political life; it happened when I was fourteen. From there, they continued with countless names until this year, when we have seen the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and, of course, George Floyd. …


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Grafitti depicting a priest chasing after two children, Portugal. Milliped, Wikimedia/CC License

I grew up in a religious household.

Ever since I was a baby, my parents took me and my brothers with them to church every week. A Catholic church, to be precise. It’s a small parish in a city known for its role as a retirement community. The congregation was not young, to be sure. Dozens of elderly couples and groups of older women sat with each other in the same pews without fail. …


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Candidates and moderators assembled for the CNN/New York Times debate

Tuesday night, we endured three hours of the newest edition of Democratic presidential debates, this time hosted by CNN and the New York Times. The usual suspects talked a lot, and the others, well, not so much .But even that much time didn’t really change my opinions of the candidates.

The thing that struck me the most was the complete irrelevance of the newcomer: Tom Steyer. The billionaire hedge fund manager infamously spent millions of dollars in ad money this summer to qualify for the debates (for a primary in which he originally said he wouldn’t run). Steyer has spent the last two years running online ads supporting the impeachment of Donald Trump, and has now turned his issue advocacy into an apparent vanity campaign for the presidency. When Steyer announced his candidacy in July, he committed to spending at least a hundred million dollars of his own money on his campaign and his aforementioned ad buy is by far the largest of any candidate so far this year at $1.4 …


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Ellen DeGeneres and former President George W. Bush together at the Dallas Cowboys game last Sunday

Last weekend, Ellen DeGeneres was in Texas to watch the Dallas Cowboys play against the Green Bay Packers. She was in attendance, apparently, at the invitation of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and was consequently seated in a luxury box. Next to her was none other than former President George W. Bush. In a vacuum, nothing seems to be wrong with two famous people watching a football game together, but the nature of their interaction sparked some backlash online, prompting DeGeneres to defend herself on her television show Tuesday afternoon.

Instead of taking the seemingly logical approach of disavowing Bush and attributing the situation to a coincidence, she leaned in hard, defending her supposed friendship with Bush and claiming that we should embrace camaraderie with people of different opinions. …


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Trump meets with Ukranian President Zelensky at the UN General Assembly (Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

This April, Special Counsel Robert Mueller released his final report detailing the findings of his investigation into President Trump’s possible (probable) connections to the Russian government and the ways in which they (probably) worked together to sway the results of the 2016 presidential election.

Democrats had been waiting on this for months. It was going to be the smoking gun. They would use it to successfully impeach the president with their newfound House majority. And then everyone read it. While it still detailed potential wrongdoing by the president, it left just enough grey area for the President to claim that it vindicated him (something that, coincidentally, it definitively did not do). …


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Katherine Johnson in 2008 (Sean Smith/NASA, Public Domain)

Sixth College isn’t new anymore. As of this year, it’s just as old as (if not older than) some of its new students starting classes this week. The college was founded in 2001 and enrolled its first students that same year. Like each of UC San Diego’s five other colleges, it started with a generic, numerical name. But unlike the rest of the colleges, it has retained that name for an unusually long time. Revelle received its name after just one year, Roosevelt after only six.

Now that Sixth College itself is a legal adult, it ought to have a legal name to go along with it. And it should be one that truly captures the College’s theme. …


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Newsom meeting Trump to tour Paradise, CA, after last fall’s wildfires. (Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

Since he started his campaign for California’s governorship last year, Gavin Newsom has taken square aim at President Donald Trump. One of his campaign ads from that gubernatorial race was a direct attack against Trump and his policies.

While the ad does successfully convey Newsom’s agenda, especially relating to issues of social equality, there’s one aspect that is noticeably…different from what might be expected. Newsom wasn’t running against Trump in the election. The Republican nominee opposite him on the ballot was San Diego businessman John Cox.

It’s easy to see what Newsom was trying to accomplish here. Trump lost the state of California by a thirty point margin in 2016, and at the time of the gubernatorial election, was 26 points underwater in approval among Californians. By positioning himself as the opposite of Trump (and implicitly aligning his opponent with the president) he could tap into some of that sentiment among the electorate. In one of the safer gubernatorial races of the cycle, emphasizing partisanship was probably a good way to shore up those last few votes while pretending like he still had to try to win the election. …


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Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren, the three polling leaders for the Democratic nomination

Since the qualification deadline for this week’s debate passed two weeks ago, everyone (myself included) had been looking forward to seeing Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren directly confront each other onstage. Biden, who has been the polling leader since before he announced his candidacy, is the embodiment of the centrist Democratic establishment. Warren represents the newfound progressive and leftist faction that emerged following Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign.

Biden’s been a mainstay in Democratic politics for decades and has a record to defend on nearly every issue. Warren is a relative newcomer to elected politics and has a plan and a way to communicate it for nearly every issue. It was shaping up to be a monumental night in the primary process, with the two of them, along with Senator Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Pete Buttigieg, the five polling frontrunners, all sharing the same stage for the first time this election. …


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Rep. Rashida Tlaib speaking in support of the impeachment of President Trump.

Nancy Pelosi does not like talking about impeachment.

For a while she had a cover-up — not a great one, but at least something she could point to: she wanted to wait to see the results of the Mueller Report. If there was evidence of impeachable offenses she said, she would consider going forward with it, but not before then.

I took issue with this stance on many fronts, the first being that Trump has committed a plethora of impeachable offenses outside the scope of Mueller’s investigation. …

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