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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Image: COVID-19 Vaccine Photo by Daniel Schludi via Unsplash

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. …


The Democrat’s mantra for the next week should be turnout, turnout, turnout.

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Image Courtesy: WABE, Atlanta. Rev. Raphael Warnock, Kelly Loeffler, David Perdue. & Jon Ossoff

One week from today, January 5, 2021, it would be runoff election day in the state of Georgia. Both the Georgia Senate seats are in contention. One of the contests is between incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue and his Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff. Sitting Senator Kelly Loeffler (R) is pitted against Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, in the other contest. There is a lot at stake in this runoff election to determine how the Biden-Harris agenda would be implemented. …


Consider a scenario of a President Pence refusing to pardon Trump.

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President Trump has issued 29 pardons and 16 commutations until December 21, including a full pardon for his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Roger Stone, whose sentence he commuted. Every person who has received clemency from the President is either known to him personally or has powerful connections lobbying on the person’s behalf.

According to a report on CNN, President Trump is considering pardons for more people. Trump is considering granting clemency to Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, who has come under scrutiny for his role in hush-money payments. …

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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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