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Defend the Dreamers

The good and bad news is that in our country executive power is fleeting. Presidents can issue executive orders that become law, but the following president can just as easily undo those orders. On Tuesday September 5th, 45 did just that...

Waiting for the Rain to Stop

We are weary. Beat down by months of one repulsive and impulsive tweet-turned-executive-order after another. And now, horrific Harvey, which officials estimate will send 30,000 Texas residents into shelters, not to mention many other displaced...

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Defend the Dreamers

The good and bad news is that in our country executive power is fleeting. Presidents can issue executive orders that become law, but the following president can just as easily undo those orders. On Tuesday September 5th, 45 did just that...

Waiting for the Rain to Stop

We are weary. Beat down by months of one repulsive and impulsive tweet-turned-executive-order after another. And now, horrific Harvey, which officials estimate will send 30,000 Texas residents into shelters, not to mention many other displaced...

My First Friend

Drowned. That’s how I liked to think of my parents. Ironic, as they were competitive swimmers. But this was how I imagined it. I am four years old. We are vacationing by the Caspian Sea. My grandparents are relaxing in their reclining chairs, their...

In the Dark Times

In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes, there will be singing. About the dark times. —Bertolt Brecht There will be prayer, too, but to a different god, and dread will lurk in the songs we sing. Doom in the timpani no matter what the tune...

The Media Megaphone

In his 2007 essay “The Braindead Megaphone,” George Saunders describes a gathering of average folks—discussing topics of interest to them with openness and intelligence—who are suddenly drowned out by a man with a megaphone. “He’s not the smartest...