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In an effort to combat domestic violent extremism, the Biden administration unveiled a National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism. The administration’s commitment to confronting, defusing and countering homegrown terror is a welcome change from the last administration’s approval and encouragement of conspiracy and hate-fueled extremist groups.

Serving as the first national strategy to combat domestic terrorism, it signals a shift in the focus of counterterrorism efforts, going from fighting foreign terrorists to zeroing in on domestic violent extremists.

The strategy coordinates a government-wide approach and outlines four priorities: improving information sharing among law enforcement agencies, preventing recruitment by extremists groups…

Since Obama left the White House in 2016, Democrats have suffered an identity crisis as their partisan counterparts have abandoned principles and values for shock jock-like candidates and vitriolic rhetoric.

As the Republicans have honed their message and embraced Trumpism, the Democrats are still working to find their footing after peaking with Obama’s presidency. Aside from the Democrats’ problem of not grooming notable candidates to fill the Obama-size hole left in the party, they also have a messaging problem.

Over the past few election cycles, Democrats have failed to create messaging that resonates with voters while at the same time…

On Tuesday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried launched her gubernatorial campaign. In recent months, Fried has made waves in taking DeSantis to task over his handling of the pandemic and his record as governor. While Commissioner Fried has polled in a dead heat in a matchup against Governor DeSantis, she is not the only Democrat looking to unseat DeSantis. Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist is also running as a Democrat for governor.

The primary race between Fried and Crist is sure to be an interesting race. …

It has been seven years since the last major conflict between Israel and Palestine. The 2014 Gaza war lasted 50 days, and in its wake left the highest civilian death toll since the Six-Day war in 1967, with Palestinian civilians accounting for a majority of fatalities in the West Bank.

For the past week, the world has watched as violence has escalated between Israel and Palestine. The recent conflict was triggered by a land dispute and the eviction of six Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem. Since the 1950s Palestinian families have been living…

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It has been over 120 days since Trump was de-platformed and last Wednesday’s ruling by Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld the social media company’s ban on Donald Trump from its platforms. The Board found “Mr. Trump created an environment where a serious risk of violence was possible.” This finding justified the banning but found fault with Facebook for their hasty decision without clear criteria. The decision to uphold Trump’s ban will be reevaluated in six months. …

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Since the 2020 election, there have been many articles written about the demise of the Republican Party and the problems the party and the country face as Trumpism lives on through supporters and elected officials such as Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, and Ron DeSantis. While these assessments may be true, the biggest problem facing isn’t the Republican Party. It’s the way we elect our leaders.

The Republicans have not only mastered the primary election game; they are exploiting it. When running for office in America, if the candidate wants to have a chance at winning, they must choose between…

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For the past year, many Americans came together to lockdown in order to flatten the curve. Calls to “stay home, stay safe” reverberated through the country as diligent people did their parts to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The world has watched in real time as their elected officials, experts, and leaders learned about COVID-19 and the impact it would have on our community, economy, and future generations. …

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…

Mary Anna Mancuso

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