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Preparing for the worst-case scenario

This looks like a ray of hope: a group of lawyers who helped Obama with the ethics part of the job has formed a group to resist the wannabe dictator.

Top lawyers who helped the Obama White House craft and hold to rules of conduct believe President Donald Trump and his staff will break ethics norms meant to guard against politicization of the government — and they’ve formed a new group to prepare, and fight.

United to Protect Democracy, which draws its name from a line in President Barack Obama’s farewell address that urged his supporters to pick up where he was leaving off, has already raised a $1.5 million operating budget, hired five staffers and has plans to

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Violently Ideating About Punching Nazis
By Anonymous, February 2, 2017 Take the urge to make punching Nazis a categorical, universal good, for reasons undefined, and couple it with the ability to be equivocal about who is and is not a Nazi, or fascist, or sympathizer, and you basically have a recipe for “punch whoever the fuck I want”. Consider the use of that rubric in the hands of folks who are hungry for violence, or fantasy, or power, or who are just too damn confused about what they want in order to defy groupthink.
Gender Equality and Misogynistic Islam in Nigeria
By Leo Igwe, January 15, 2017 The Sultan of Sokoto should stop using the name of Allah to sanction gender inequity and injustice. He should desist from employing the idiom of Allah to legitimize his misogynistic viewpoints and then use such oppressive Islamic formation to undermine a bill that would empower women, and guarantee liberty and justice for all.
Tomb Raiders Ride Again: National Geographic’s Breaking News
By R. Joseph Hoffmann, November 21, 2016 In a time when critical thinking was never more talked about and less practiced, sensations like this make the careful separation of fact and fiction that much more difficult for those of us who prefer fact.
Donald Trump faces the Chinese Century
By R. Joseph Hoffmann, November 14, 2016 From blues to the electric lightbulb, from passenger jets to the moon, this is where America used to be great. None of this greatness had anything to do with a national social agenda, religiously driven righteousness, or its private culture wars.
African Woman but Not Religious
By Leo Igwe, October 31, 2016 After watching a BBC report on witchcraft-related abuse of children by Christian churches in Africa, the scales of transcendental illusion fell from her eyes.
Stopping Olukoya and Witch hunting in UK Black Communities Stopping Olukoya and Witch hunting in UK Black Communities
By Leo Igwe, September 6, 2016 Vulnerable members of the African migrant communities in the UK, particularly children, are at risk of being tortured and murdered by relatives who accuse them of witchcraft.
Hajj Controversy and the Imperative of a Secular Nigeria
By Leo Igwe, August 11, 2016 By subsidizing the pilgrimages of Christians and Muslims, the state has invariably adopted Islam and Christianity as state religions.

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