With Trump out of the White House and President Biden sworn in, far-right extremists have pivoted from their “Stop the Steal” messaging to take aim at the COVID vaccine. Joining ranks with the anti-vaxxer movement, far-right extremists are weaponizing public concern over the vaccine to undermine the government’s efforts to help end the pandemic and save lives.

The lack of leadership from the White House, botched messaging on the pandemic beginning in March 2020, and access to social media, created a breeding ground for a slow drip campaign allowing anti-vaxxers to sow doubt about COVID vaccines in advance. Lies exploited…

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For years lawmakers have grappled with gun reform and it has been a hot button topic for both parties. While a majority of people favor background checks, the partisan divide emerges when Democrats call for a ban on assault style weapons and Republicans push back against restricting gun ownership. Earlier in March, the House passed two bills that would bring the country closer to universal background checks for gun sales, but the possibility of it passing the Senate is not likely even in the wake of two mass shootings within a week. …

It seems the Republican party has forgotten how to govern. During the 2016 presidential campaign, the GOP realized its ticket to winning the White House was by sowing division and stoking anger among the electorate by embracing culture wars. Once securing a win, the Republican party doubled down on culture wars to distract people from their inability to govern.

Culture wars deliver “symbolic victories for some groups of voters rather than others.” Recently, Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head have found themselves unlikely heroes in the Republicans burgeoning culture war.

America remains in the grips of a pandemic while simultaneously…

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Ten years after the Arab Spring, Syria is still in the midst of a civil war and shows no signs of slowing down. During the Arab Spring, a series of pro-democracy uprisings across several Arabic-speaking countries, governments across North Africa and the Middle East collapsed and saw regime change. Citizens in Syria became emboldened and sought democratic accountability of their president, Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian protestors called for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but he refused to relinquish power. Instead, Syrian troops opened fire on peaceful protestors, leading to the outbreak of a full-blown civil war. …

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President Biden’s foreign policy is beginning to take shape, and it is looking vastly different from Trump’s and more traditional than Obama’s. The Middle East has been a cumbersome region for most presidents to navigate. Trump’s foreign policy was America First, and overturned decades of U.S. policy in the Middle East from brokering of the Abraham Accords to ushering in troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. Meanwhile, predecessor Barack Obama took a more diplomatic approach and worked to reduce America’s commitments abroad in the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For many, there was an expectation that Biden’s foreign policy would be…

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America saw record voter turnout in 2020, and now the Republican Party is working overtime to ensure that never happens again. The GOP is cashing in on their decades long disinformation campaign of false claims of ballot harvesting and election fraud to justify the need for tighter voting restrictions.

According to the Brennan Center, Republican lawmakers in 45 states have proposed at least 253 new laws to make voting harder. The proposed bills take aim at mail-in voting, seek to remove automatic and election day-voter registration, limit early voting, and in some cases remove weekend voting. …

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On February 21, Virginia lawmakers voted in favor of eliminating the death penalty. Governor Ralph Northam is expected to sign the bill into law. This move to end the death penalty by the Commonwealth of Virginia is historic, and once signed by the Governor, Virginia will be the first southern state to outlaw capital punishment.

Dating back to colonial Jamestown in 1608, Virginia has one of the oldest death penalties on record and has executed roughly 14,000 people, which is more than any other state with a history of using capital punishment. While Virginia has not imposed a death sentence…

With the 2020 election barely in the rearview, Florida is already looking ahead to the 2022 election, and Democrats are eyeing the Governor’s mansion.

Trump won Florida both in 2016 and 2020 and Republicans won the voter turnout game in 2020. This has Republicans declaring Florida Trump Country, but Democrats are saying not so fast.

When it comes to unseating Trump’s favorite Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, Florida Democrats have their work cutout for them. DeSantis rode into his Governorship with high hopes and showed a lot of promise with his ability and desire to work across the aisle. Then the…

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This weekend, as people celebrate Valentine’s Day with candy hearts, cards, and flowers, the Parkland community will mourn the third anniversary of the tragic Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting, which claimed the lives of 17 people and injured 17 more.

To prevent another Parkland from happening again, Florida Representative Dan Daley, who is a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, filed HB-951, the Parents Need to Know Act. This Act would require schools to notify parents and staff within 24 hours when a threat or incident has taken place on campus and to include what actions were taken in…

One week after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the House of Representatives voted with bipartisan support 232–197 in favor of H.Res 24, impeaching President Donald John Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors. The House charged Trump with “incitement of insurrection” on January 6th and included language declaring Trump unfit to run for public office in the future. This marked the first time in American history a president has been impeached twice by the House.

On January 25th, the House delivered the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate. The impeachment trial will begin in the…

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