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Yesterday a coworker put the question to me: Did the election of Trump actually change your life at all, not just emotionally, but actually change anything about your life?

I found it difficult to answer. For the past 10 years my life has been anything but static, so it’s difficult to make out figures against a shifting background. With all the micro-decisions that have revolved around the pandemic and their cumulative effects, there is little doubt. With the utter disappointment I felt after the 2016 election, and the ways that this affected my relationships, very probably. …


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“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere”

On June 19th, 1865…


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As Russiagate limps on into the summer of 2020, CNN, the ire of Donald Trump, is about to celebrate its 40th birthday on June 1st. What Russiagate wants to be is Watergate, the 1972 investigation into Nixon that revealed a botched burglary, a massive cover up, and knocked Nixon and the Republican party off the presidential perch until 1980. While Russiagate has proved rather empty in comparison, if one were to compare the rises of Donald Trump and Richard Nixon instead of their falls, there are some striking similarities in the events which lead up to their ascent. …

Mike McCubbins

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