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Farewell, Paul Ryan

Ask your average American what they think of politicians, and you’ll hear expletive-laced exasperation, even contempt, in reply. I don’t share this sentiment. I admire good politicians. I have worked for a good politician. I respect politics as a vocation.…

March for Our Lives: The View from NYC

I don’t know quite how it happened, but something seems to have finally shifted in our national conversation about guns. Just a few years ago, the idea that hundreds of thousands of Americans would take to the streets to demand…

Fear and Fighting Like “A Real Man”

Three weeks ago, in New York City, as I rode the 4-5 train downtown, I was shoved, cursed at, and spun around by an angry young man. The altercation began when he moved my friend, a young woman new to…

Gun Violence and The Untapped Power We Have to Change It

In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas—the deadliest in modern American history—the obvious must be stated: this happens nowhere else. And even as we allow ourselves the time to reflect on the senseless loss of life, and…

Welcome Back Hillary: Why We Should Listen

Hillary Clinton has reemerged on the national scene to typically polarized reactions. For my part, I’ve been glad to see her. I have always thought she was brilliant, my criticisms of her notwithstanding. And since she’s begun her book tour,…

Enough is Enough: Republicans Begin to Disavow Trump

In recent weeks, there have been signs that some members of the Republican establishment are willing to hold our increasingly reckless and vindictive president in check. I am particularly thinking of the two senators from Arizona, for whom the president…

Trump, Arpaio, and a Politics of Cruelty

Shortly after Donald Trump was sworn in as the nation’s 45th president, I called my friend Billy Peard, who was working in western Massachusetts as an immigration attorney. Most of his clients were undocumented, and I wanted to get a…

White People Have Work to Do

To understand that white supremacy is as harmful to white Americans as it is to nonwhite Americans, you need look no further than the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past week. The white supremacists who descended upon the city, while…

Affirmative Action in Trump’s America

During the 2008 presidential election, I was a high school student with very high hopes for my country, and was deeply inspired by the candidacy of Senator Obama. I was also naïve about Obama’s potential to be a reconciling figure,…

A Miracle in the Senate

I spent most of last Thursday night at my friends’ apartment, recording an episode for their podcast. I left around 11 p.m., and immediately called my friend James, whom I rightly suspected had been refreshing his Twitter timeline for the…