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First Lady Jill Biden Stuns Americans With Her White House “Gifts From The Heart” Christmas Decor

 On Monday, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden unveiled the White House’s 2021 Christmas decorations, highlighting first responders and frontline workers with the theme “gifts from the heart.” Comparisons to former First Lady Melania Trump’s holiday decorations poured in on Twitter, and we all know how she really felt about Christmas. Melania was caught on tape saying, “I’m working… my ass off on the Christmas stuff, that you know, who gives a f— about the Christmas stuff and decorations? But I need to do it, right?” Well, Dr. Biden doesn’t mind working her ass off.

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Remember the president before Donald Trump? History definitely will

Barack Obama (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP via Getty Images)

Claude A. Clegg III’s book ”The Black President: Hope and Fury in the age  of Obama” accomplishes various things. Foremost among them, it serves as an antidote to Donald Trump’s gaslighting. Clegg, a history professor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, first explores how Barack Obama’s presidency was experienced by the Black community, an issue central to any account of the Obama era. In addition, Clegg punctures many of the myths about Obama’s administration that have been endlessly repeated by Trump and his right-wing allies.

 

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The Republican Crazy Train: What if the Insurrectionists Were Black?

In the wake of recent widely publicized trial verdicts, I think it is instructive to consider how the response would have differed if the January 6 insurrectionists had been Black.

Suppose that, for instance, an African American candidate – such as Kamala Harris – narrowly lost a presidential election and questioned the validity of the results, after credible reports of voter suppression preventing large numbers of non-white voters from casting their ballots. Further suppose, however unlikely this might seem, that a large crowd of protestors, mostly African-American, showed up at the capital to object to the voter suppression tactics, which they feel flipped the outcome from what would have been a Kamala Harris victory, to a victory for the Republican candidate.

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