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In one of his first official acts after the election, President-elect Donald Trump announced the appointment of a chief strategist even more bigoted and dangerous than he is: Steve Bannon. On Tuesday a number of Democratic senators decided they couldn't stand for that. Senators Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Ed Markey (Mass.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), and Senator-elect Chris Van Hollen (Md.) held a press conference making it very clear that they did not support the hiring of Bannon, calling him a racist demagogue, and demanding...
It was a dark, stormy night, or maybe a sunny afternoon in Kabul, when our casual conversation over chai and samosas drifted to a darker place. As we sat together with some of our dear Afghan friends, a few days before Halloween, the subject of the supernatural was a given topic of conversations. Everyone loves a good supernatural tale, and our Afghan hosts entertained us with some very intriguing tales of Djinns and mystics and the unexplained from the other side, intertwined with the vast history...
In the days since the election, President Obama has been incredibly polite and gracious while dealing with Donald J. Trump — the very man who started the conspiracy theory that Obama was secretly born in Kenya and who stands for everything Obama is against. Obama has to be polite to Trump in order to secure the peaceful transfer of power — but he’s subtly undermining Trump all the while. How? By acting like he expects the best of Trump — and talking about it. As reported by the...
Image via Etsy/SummerHolidayVintage Now is a more crucial time than ever to be heard by our representatives in Congress. But people may not know the most effective way to get their attention. Emily Ellsworth, a former Congressional staffer, explains on Twitter why you should be picking up the phone:  1. Staffers don't check social media. 2. Consider good old-fashioned snail mail... 3. ...but it's better to pick up the phone! 4. Staffers can't answer all letters personally, but they have to answer phone calls: 5. Encourage others to call too: 6. Consider...
Most of us couldn’t survive day-to-day without the internet and its host of benign distractions. But for many others, the internet is quite literally a survival tool — one that connects them with the rest of the world and gives them a voice to speak out against tyranny. And since the world now seems gripped by unprecedented political turmoil, it’s worth a look at how the internet — and social media specifically — has helped protests and political uprisings gain traction all across the world, from...
Curries are the secret champions of flexible comfort food: a richly aromatic base that’s not exactly a soup or a stew, but still packed with bangin’ flavor that screams, “Yes, add that random ingredient, it will still taste amazing!” Even fruit. Virtually any tropical fruit is a winner in curry, but the fantastically fatty queen of them all, avocado, creates a delicious velvety base in this classic Thai green curry. Like anything made with fresh avocado, this curry should be consumed immediately. Avocado Green Curry Serves 2...
After the election, I received a flurry of emails from my friends all over the country expressing their fear, anger, sadness, and shock regarding its outcome. But one voice was notably silent: my friend Sam, who also happens to be one of the most politically active of all of my friends. Finally, this evening we received an email from her that was several paragraphs long. Her email was full of pain — a pain caused by the guilt she felt over not having done enough for...
Wednesday night, I marched from Union Square to Trump Tower with thousands of other angry New Yorkers. We screamed for the world to hear that Donald Trump is “not my president,” and revived old classics like “the people, united, will never be defeated.” As we blocked traffic, the people whose commutes we were delaying honked their horns and cheered in support. It felt, for the first time since the election was called for Trump, like maybe we were going to be okay. It was my first...
Even after her devastating loss of the presidency, Hillary Clinton is still supporting her supporters. A Clinton supporter named Margot Gerster shared the above photo and the story of her chance encounter with the former Secretary of State on Facebook yesterday. Heartbroken after Trump’s win, Gerster decided to relax by taking a hike with her young daughters. She chose one of her favorite hiking places near Chappaqua, New York — where the Clintons live. It seems that Hillary Clinton consoles herself the same way. Gerster ran into Hillary,...

My text messages and phone conversations have had a certain theme over the last twelve hours: “I’m scared.” “I feel helpless.” “What do we do now?” “ I don’t know how to live. Or fight.” After 520 days when phone banking, donating, arguing with friends, attending benefit rock shows, and going door to door were the easy, viable options for many on the left to comfortably express their values, progressives across the spectrum are now left looking into a chasm. We need to protect communities...
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