An incredible journey that propelled Joe Biden to the highest elected office.

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Joe Biden visited his childhood home in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on the morning of Election Day and wrote this message on a wall: “From this house to the White House with the grace of God.” In the election, Biden’s opponent was the incumbent who enjoyed broad support among Republican voters, had all the perks of the presidency at his disposal, and a win was not a guarantee. Against all odds, he beat Donald Trump by a wide margin of over 7 million votes and an electoral college majority of 73 (306 to 232).

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was born into an Irish-Catholic family in 1942. He was the first of five children. From the humble beginnings, growing up in a working-class Irish-Catholic household, at the age of 78, he will take the oath of office as the 46th president of the United States at noon on January 20, 2021. Biden will be the 45th person to serve as president because President Grover Cleveland won two non-consecutive terms. No other president in the Republic’s history has such an impressive résumé. Biden graduated from the University of Delaware and earned a law degree from Syracuse University. He became the youngest ever senator at age 30, served in the Senate for 36 years and another eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president. …


The damage inflicted on Government institutions by this megalomaniac will be lasting

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On Wednesday, January 13, 2020, House Resolution 24 to impeach the president passed with bipartisan support in the House of Representatives. Donald J. Trump earned the dubious distinction of being the first president impeached twice by Congress. In the Republic’s history, the House of Representatives passed just four resolutions to impeach a president, and half of them were against the current one. The impeachment resolution consisted of only one article citing “incitement of insurrection.”

Trump’s presidency started with a lie: “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.” Sean Spicer, the press secretary, spoke at his first press briefing. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker database has documented over 30,000 false or misleading claims that the president has made. His biggest lies so far were about the election that he lost. “The election was rigged.” “We won this election, and we won it by a landslide,” he insisted. “The lie of the year is that Joe Biden won!” Trump has been feeding the same falsehood repeatedly through numerous tweets and public pronouncements. Right-wing media personalities like Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones, Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Jeanine Pirro repeated them on airwaves. Rudy Giuliani, GOP Congressmen, and Senators joined the chorus. …


A coalition of minorities brought together by a Black woman made it all happen.

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Mitch McConnell, who represents Kentucky, has been the Senate Majority Leader since 2015. McConnell’s blunt statement in an interview with the National Journal in October 2010 is remarkable. “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” His spokesperson, Robert Steurer, later clarified the statement by adding that, “Ending the Obama administration’s liberal agenda as soon as possible is Sen. McConnell’s top political priority,” Obama won reelection in 2012 and served two full terms. McConnell succeeded in slowing down much of the Obama-Biden agenda in the last two years. In an interview on Fox News, when Sean Hannity asked why President Obama left so many judicial vacancies, Mitch McConnell answered, “I’ll tell you why. I was in charge of what we did in the last two years of the Obama administration.” He also prevented Obama from filling a vacancy in the Supreme Court by holding up hearings for over eight months. …


Trump and his enablers accomplished what the brave passengers and crew prevented on 9/11

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Photo illustration by the author. Image: Flight 93 on the background via the History Channel; Senators: NBC News and ABC News

September 11, 2001, was like any other Tuesday. Passengers bound for California boarded flights, originating from Boston’s Logan International Airport, Dulles Airport, and a United 93 flight from Newark’s International Airport. Onboard four flights were 19 Al Qaeda terrorists. Two planes crashed around 9:00 A.M. into the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York, 17 minutes apart. Forty minutes later, the hijackers crashed the third plane on the Pentagon.

Meanwhile, the departure of the fourth plane, United Flight 93 from Newark, was delayed. Because of the delay, passengers on board learned of events in New York and Washington via cell phone calls and messages. After about 45 minutes of the flight, over Cleveland, Ohio, the four hijackers overtook the cockpit and turned the plane toward Washington, D.C. Based on recovered evidence, the National Park Service reports that the terrorists’ intended target was most likely the U.S. …


Police and armed National Guards present at Lafayette Square in June were nowhere to be found at Capitol Hill.

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On June 1, 2020, President Trump along with former Attorney General William Barr, NSC Chief, Robert O’Brien, Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, General Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, walked from the White House to the nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church. There he was pictured holding a Bible. The Black Lives Matter movement has been holding protests daily since May 25, 2020, when George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, MN. There was heavy security in the Lafayette Park area surrounding the White House even though the protests were peaceful. USA Today chronicled events that led to the Washington Church photo-op in an article published on June 11, 2020. …


Alex Trebek — the host of Jeopardy!, who passed away in November. The last episode he hosted airs today.

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The penultimate episode of Jeopardy! hosted by Alex Trebek originally scheduled to air on December 24, aired yesterday. As usual, Alex begins with a monologue, this time stating that today is Christmas eve, and then makes a wisecrack about online shopping. The contestants were three smart women who responded to almost all clues, except one clue about the NFL.

I will watch the final episode at 7:30 P.M. tonight with a heavy heart and a sense of grief, knowing fully well that my favorite person on TV for the last 35 years is no longer with us. Unlike many fans of Alex Trebek, I did not grow up with him. I came to the U.S. as a graduate student from India when I was much older. After dinner, I will watch with my family, the evening news with Dan Rather on CBS, immediately followed by Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! My son and daughter were in elementary school at the time to understand any of the clues or responses. Later in life, they appreciated the value of good television. It was a novelty to watch a quiz show where instead of answering a question, one has to phrase the response in the form of a question. …


The vaccine will be a lifeline to India, with the second-highest number of COVID cases worldwide.

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India’s Drug Controller General granted restricted emergency use approval Sunday, January 3, 2020, to the Covishield vaccine based on the recommendation Friday of the Subject Expert Committee (SEC). The Serum Institute of India (SII) manufactured and tested the vaccine in collaboration with Oxford University and AstraZeneca This news comes when India has reported a total of 1,03,23,965 Coronavirus cases and 1,49435 fatalities on Sunday. The country of more than 1.3 billion people is undertaking an unprecedented immunization program to put a brake on the spreading Coronavirus pandemic. India aims to administer the vaccine to 300 million people in the first phase, and distribution could begin as early as Wednesday, and inoculation as early as next week. SII has conducted Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials on 1,600 participants in India on their Covishield vaccine. As reported by NDTV, India’s Drug Controller General V.G. Somani has stated that the vaccine is 70.42% …


The “dirty dozen” will join House Republicans in a last-ditch effort to keep Trump in office.

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A sycophant (syc·o·phant), according to the Oxford dictionary, is a person who acts obsequiously toward someone important to gain an advantage. Washington Post reports that more than two dozen House Republicans would join their Senate colleagues to challenge the electoral college results that would declare Joe Biden and Kamala Harris winners of the 2020 presidential election. All fifty states have certified the electoral college results after all court challenges by Trump and his election campaign have been dismissed by the local, federal, and the Supreme Court. …


The year will be remembered for a record number of COVID cases, high joblessness, and a booming stock market.

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The year 2020 began with reports from Wuhan, China, of a confirmed case of a hitherto unknown disease, which the scientists later named COVID-19. The novel-Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) was the cause of the disease. A 35-year old Washington state man who returned from Wuhan was the first confirmed case in the U.S. On December 31, the number of confirmed cases in the country crossed the 20 million mark. The U.S. has 4.25% of the world population, yet we have 23.8% of the COVID-19 case.


He could be investigated by the Department of Justice for obstruction of justice.

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Name a person that President Obama pardoned. I can’t name one; can you? President Obama granted clemency to over 1900 individuals. Most of them were Blacks and Latinos who were convicted of nonviolent crimes under strict drug laws. They had received lengthy, sometimes mandatory sentences at the height of the war on drugs of the 1970s, ’80s, and the three-strikes law.

Let’s try another former president. Can you name one person that President George W. Bush pardoned? Well, I can sort of name one Scooter Libby. He was Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, who was indicted and sentenced for obstruction of justice and perjury connected with the Valerie Plame incident. Libby was the official who disclosed Plame’s CIA undercover status to reporters. Despite intense lobbying by Cheney, Bush did not pardon him, only commuted his 30-months sentence. President Trump pardoned Scooter Libby in 2018. …

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Dr. Zach Zachariah

Ph.D. with an M.B.A. | Writes on taxes | science | public interest topics | American politics | Indian-Americans | COVID-19

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