From best to worst!

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President Biden got to work quickly on Wednesday, signing 17 executive orders/memoranda just hours after being sworn-in.

Let’s rank these bad boys.

1–3) The Three Covid-19 Directives.

(In no particular order:)

Mandating mask wearing and social distancing at all federal buildings, while encouraging Americans to participate in a “100 day masking challenge.”

Rejoining the World Health Organization, which Trump left amid a global pandemic. Dr. Fauci will address the WHO tomorrow.

Creating the Covid-19 Response Coordinator position, which will coordinate the government’s actions in response to the pandemic. The newly created position will help install logistics in overseeing vaccine distribution.

The most important day one directives are of course about Covid-19, the yearlong scourge on the country. It’s the primary cause for the economic downturn, and the previous administration’s botched response to it is most likely why that administration is a previous administration. …

Inside the twilight of influence.

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Illustration by Peter Ramirez.

Given the last five years, it is difficult to imagine an other-than-Trump epicenter for political intrigue, power, and influence. But it is entirely possible that, with the Trump train careening off the tracks, a brave new world of Trump-less news awaits us.

The signs are everywhere. Reeling from a failed insurrection and a second impeachment, Trump’s approval rating has plummeted to levels never before seen — now just 29%, according to Pew. A full 76% of Americans rate Trump’s post election behavior as poor, and about seven in ten Americans do not want Trump to remain a major political figure in the future. …

Such comparison is intellectually dishonest

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“For months, our cities burned, police stations burned, our businesses were shattered. And they said nothing, or they cheered for it, and they fundraised for it, and they allowed it to happen in the greatest country in the world,” Congressman Matt Gaetz, the Republican from Florida, said during the second impeachment of President Trump.

“Well, some have cited the metaphor that the president ‘lit the flame.’ Well, they lit the actual flames, actual fires,” he added.

First of all, the notion that Biden did not speak out against violence this past summer is categorically false. …

The losses continue to pile up.

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Added illustration by Peter Ramirez.

On Wednesday, Trump became the first president to be impeached multiple times. The charge was incitement of insurrection. Ten Republicans joined the entire Democratic voting bloc, sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial.

The ten Republicans who voted to impeach Trump are noteworthy. During the first impeachment, not a single Republican voted against Trump. (Justin Amash, a former Republican turned Independent, did vote against Trump).

Additionally, there were some Democratic defections. Not this time, however.

Here are the ten Republicans who voted against Trump, and their districts voting results in the last presidential…

Imagine Trump’s anti democratic efforts being successful, and act accordingly.

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Illustration by Peter Ramirez.

We are all guilty.

Not of a crime, no. Of something else. Guilty of permitting an injustice in broad daylight. Blameworthy of allowing history’s dumbest and slowest-moving coup to drip downhill uninhibited.

We have given the president a pass because we know, at the end of the day, his efforts to steal the election will be futile. But the fact that Trump won’t be successful shouldn’t mean his actions are any less deplorable, reprehensible, and frankly, illegal.

What is the current state of the defense of American democracy from the hands of outgoing President Trump? Are we mobilizing, indicting, or protesting? Are we even angry? No. Instead, we collectively poke fun at the president squirming in delusion and drowning in conspiracy, as if we were watching a zoo animal flailing about from the safety of being behind the plexiglass. …

Trump didn’t learn. The remedy is clear.

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Oliver Contreras/Zuma.

I’m rarely surprised anymore, especially when it comes to the president. But even this is pretty brutal.

“I just want to find 11,780 votes,” President Trump told Georgia election officials in a taped conversation, released by The Washington Post. “So what are we going to do here, folks? I only need 11,000 votes. Fellas, I need 11,000 votes. Give me a break,” he later added.

Yes, “find” votes. And just how many votes? The precise amount of votes that would secure Trump’s victory in the state.

If that wasn’t flagrant enough, Trump doubles down by not-so-vaguely threatening Brad Raffensperger, the Georgian Secretary of State. …

This year was bad, but it wasn’t all bad.

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Mohamed Hassan, Pixabay.

There is an understandable rush to move on from the year 2020. Natural disasters, a global pandemic, economic ruin, and a high stakes political election created an uncomfortable year, to say the least. Good riddance.

Sure, I welcome 2021 and the potential return to normality just as much as the next guy. Who would have thought that even trivial activities and mild social interaction would be so missed?

But is it possible that we are moving on from 2020 too quickly? As the saying goes, when you lose, don’t lose the lesson. What if, in the mad dash to rid ourselves of this year, we are losing the lesson? What if there were valuable lessons learned the hard way from this past year’s debacle that might be squandered by the haste? …

Fourteen tips on political writing.

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I only committed myself to consistent writing a few months ago. Without an audience, I was able to grow my viewership from virtually nothing to tens of thousands of views in a short period of time.

I spent the last day thinking about what I’ve learned. Retrospection, if you will. How am I different know than when I started? What are some tips or tricks I would give myself a few months ago?

Here it is.

1. Know the soupe du jour.

The soup of the day is vital. What do people want to read about? Early in the coronavirus pandemic, I noticed any article I wrote that incorporated the virus saw huge viewership numbers. …

A few thoughts on Trump and self-victimization.

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI | Credit: AFP — Getty Images

“We’re all victims, everybody here, all these thousands of people here tonight,” a rambling President Trump told his supporters in Georgia recently. “They’re all victims, every one of you.”

Has there been a more accurate and concise breakdown of how Trump — and by extension, his supporters — view themselves?

The newspapers, the scientists, Hollywood, his own government, the media (both liberal outlets and recently even Fox News), the international community, the military…everyone is out to get Trump, all of the time, for any number of reasons. …

What’s really behind the Trump legal efforts to overturn the election.

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It has been true for most of the Trump era. Republicans and their sympathizers give Trump too much credit. They grant him the benefit of the doubt despite the president never earning it.

The latest installment in the trite series is assuming the president is pursuing the truth when he attempts to overturn the recent election. My Republican friends view this historically undemocratic effort as a noble quest, where the journey is righteous and the end goal is justice.

“There are legitimate concerns.” “He has a right to pursue all legal courses of action.” “You have to admit, some of this stuff doesn’t add up.” …


Peter Ramirez

political science researcher. former valedictorian. reader/writer. host of “Politics Mostly” podcast.

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