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Month: April 2019


Reading Time: 4 minutesIn the past few years, I’ve realized this practice of repetitive self-flagellation isn’t really good for my wellbeing and it certainly hasn’t helped my mental health.  I have spent the majority of my time on this planet focused on what I could do better rather than what I’m already doing right. I think that’s kind of the American way. Or late capitalism, or some other lofty social concept or maybe it’s just how our brains are wired.  We use shame to motivate ourselves to do better, to be better. Always working towards some perfect iteration of human existence. One that unfortunately isn’t real, through social media would have you believe otherwise. But the fact remains, being hard on myself has only made me chronically stressed, sometimes miserable, and a lot of unhappy.

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New York Times: In a Functional Country, We Would Be on the Road to Impeachment

Reading Time: 5 minutesMost people aren’t going to read the nearly 500-page report. Republicans have already seized on Barr’s words — and on the lack of criminal charges in a document that was never going to contain criminal charges — to claim total vindication for Trump. The president’s manifest disloyalty to the country in trying to halt an investigation into a foreign attack on an American election is, to the right, of no account. Nor are the counterintelligence implications of Mueller’s findings, which aren’t part of the report. In the eyes of the president’s supporters, his campaign did not participate in the criminal conspiracy that helped elect him, so no more needs to be said.

The reaction to the report shows that between the minority of Americans who support Trump and the majority who do not, there may no longer be even the possibility of a shared sense of reality or national purpose. Even as exemplary a figure as Mueller cannot change that.

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3 Stories You Should Read 4/24/2019: Trump, Boy Scouts, Russian Election Interference

Reading Time: 2 minutesConfluence Daily is your daily news source for women in the know. In the category of:   Truth hurts. Don’t tell Donald Trump about Russia’s election interference! “But in a meeting this year, Mick Mulvaney, the White House chief of staff, made it clear that Mr. Trump still equated any public discussion of malign Russian election activity with questions about the legitimacy of his victory. According to one senior administration official, Mr. Mulvaney said it ‘wasn’t a great subject and should be kept below his level.'” So. The broad and deep attempt by Russia to influence our...

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Break News: Biden Will Announce His Plans to Join the 2020 Race on Thursday

Reading Time: 3 minutesABC News has confirmed that Joe Biden will announce he’s entering the 2020 race Thursday morning in a video. This will be the beginning of Biden’s third run for the presidency and he enters the crowded Democratic field in the top spot in several polls despite the recent #metoo related PR issues that have plagued his soon to be campaign for weeks.

Biden brings a long career in public service to his presidential bid, which began in 1972 when he was elected to the Senate in Delaware. Biden served in the Senate for nearly 40 years, where he served as chair of the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations committees, before becoming vice president in 2009. All of this makes him one of the most experienced candidates ever to run for the office of President. However, that kind of history in the public eye brings with it years of things to criticize. 

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