In a continuation of their allegiance to former President Donald Trump, House Republicans voted Liz Cheney (R-WY), an outspoken critic of the former party leader, out of her post as the third-ranking Republican in the House.

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As one of ten Republicans to vote to impeach Donald Trump after the January 6th attack on the Capitol and to refuse Trump’s version of the falsified election last November, Liz Cheney hasn’t been afraid to stick it to the party leaders. …

Despite the United States’ sweeping vaccine distribution that has thus far inoculated over a quarter of all Americans, the Biden administration faces a cultural problem that is likely to hinder its ability to facilitate a return to normalcy: vaccine hesitancy.

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This past Saturday, I received my Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. I registered online just one day before, walked into CVS pharmacy, and came out with my vaccine card. Simple and easy.

While my situation, well inside upper middle-class suburbia, may not be representative of the broad population, it’s a sign: vaccines are becoming widely available. But before we can reach any…

Joe Biden, since coming into office, has maintained a relatively high approval rating, hovering just above fifty percent, not uncommon for a newly minted president. But we must remember that over the past six or so years, polling has vastly underestimated Republican representation in the electorate. What does that mean for a couple of years down the line?

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As we look forward to the major statewide elections in 2021, it looks as if Democrats are expecting minor challenges in the gubernatorial races in Virginia, New Jersey, and (likely) California. …

Since Donald Trump’s unsuccessful attempts to overcome last year’s election results, Republicans have made it their mission to improve the legitimacy of our democratic process. But it’s quite clear that Georgia’s new election voting laws do quite the opposite.

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Since before last year’s election, Republicans have been on a mission to limit voting by means of reducing access to mail-in ballots, decreasing the number of precincts (notably in low-income and minority areas), and making voter identification mandatory. Donald Trump’s attack on the legitimacy of our election process further invited Republicans to do just that, Georgia’s new legislation putting that mission into action.

Americans mostly remain opposed to voter restrictions. Probably for good reason, therefore, Governor Brian Kemp’s new legislation has drawn condemnation from Democrats and a number of large organizations, including Major League Baseball. …

As vaccines continue to rollout and nearly twenty percent of people of in the United States get at least their first shot, one question is on a lot of people’s minds: what can you do once you get the vaccine?

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The past year has been a crash course of public health terms and pandemic etiquette. Social Distancing. Masks. Vaccines. Safety and Efficacy. Pfizer. Moderna. Zoom. All these words were meaningless just last year. Now, they’re part of our daily vocabulary.

But as this decade-long period hopefully comes to an end, we have to look forward to how long it will…

Despite severe Democratic divisions, Joe Biden passed his first major legislation through the Senate, pushing almost two trillion in coronavirus aid with just party-line support to the House. But what will his next bill look like?

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Since the beginning of Biden’s term, his administration has touted its goal of bipartisanship that it campaigned on; however, Biden’s first legislation seems to violate that very ideal. …

This January, we saw the results of a leader trying to raise doubt in a free and fair election process. But even after he’s left office, we’re seeing the long-lasting effects of those doubts, which have now leaked into the GOP’s platform.

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In a speech on Friday, grandstanding Florida governor Ron DeSantis said that he wants to improve Florida’s election system by increasing transparency, strengthening election security, and improving voter confidence in the system. To do this, he proposed two measures: restricting access to ballot drop-off boxes and banning universal mail-in balloting. DeSantis said this in his speech on Friday:

“We want, obviously, everyone to vote. But we don’t want anyone to cheat. And we want to make sure that we strike that appropriate balance” — Ron DeSantis

Before I illustrate the irrationality of these measures, I’d like to make one thing…

Joe Biden’s coronavirus bill is ambitious. Apart from trying to garner the support of a number of Republicans, his administration faces the daunting task of finding almost two trillion dollars to spend in the middle of a recession. How does he plan to do that?

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Although the bill is by no means final and is likely to change given the President’s insistence on bipartisan consensus, at least to an extent, his coronavirus legislation, as it stands now, attempts to institute a fifteen dollar minimum wage for federal workers, send out relief aid to those in need, and help improve the…

Our congressional system is built for gridlock: bills have to pass through a million steps to get passed and lawmakers are constantly worrying about their chances at re-election. But what if they weren’t?

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I think one thing is clear by now: the togetherness that politicians touted after the Capitol riot is no longer. The idea that Republicans would’ve helped President Biden get his introductory bills passed was absurd in the first place. At this point, Democrats are looking for other ways to push their agenda through congress.

So, what exactly can Democrats do with their extremely slim trifecta? …

Despite the clear evidence of his insurrection of violence at the Capitol in early January, Donald Trump insists that his lawyers continue with the false allegation that the election was stolen from him. But why isn’t that enough to push his whole party away?

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On January 6th, it seemed that the president’s intents of overturning the election had met sufficient backlash; after the riot, a number of Republicans came out against the president in a brief flirtation of hope for many Democrats. …

Yash Rajpal

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