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Biden’s Foreign Policy Changes

US foreign policy is a complicated subject. It shifts with every president to reflect the new administration's needs and goals. Each president sets the overall tone, working closely with advisors and the Department of State. The State Department consists of the Secretary of State (currently Antony Blinken), the US Mission to the UN, and the … Continue reading Biden’s Foreign Policy Changes

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A 50-50 Senate: Why it’s Complicated

With the swearing in of Georgia’s two new Democratic Senators, the Senate is now split evenly between the two parties, with 50 senators of each party. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has formally become the majority leader.  Sen. Schumer's leadership isn't the same as when Sen. Mitch McConnel (R-KY) was majority leader, because Schumer doesn't hold … Continue reading A 50-50 Senate: Why it’s Complicated

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How to contact your Federal election officials:

Start by finding who they are, and what their contact information is. Luckily, you can do both using the links below: House of Representatives: Find your region's Representative at this link - here. You will be asked to enter your zip code, and possibly your street address if the zones overlap in your zip code. … Continue reading How to contact your Federal election officials:

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The Presidential Transition

The election has been called, and virtually every major news outlet has projected that the winner is former Vice President Joe Biden (now, President-elect Biden). But as Biden-Harris supporters danced in the streets, President Trump has vowed to fight the election results in the courts and has yet to concede.  And while there may be … Continue reading The Presidential Transition

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Addressing your worries: What happens when polls close, and is it safe to speculate on the timeline of results?

With election day underway, a big topic of conversation is whether we will find out the results today. In a typical election year, results for a large number of states come in right after polls close, and by the time California polls close, we have our confirmed winner.  However, this election is anything but normal. … Continue reading Addressing your worries: What happens when polls close, and is it safe to speculate on the timeline of results?

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The Infamous “Nuclear Option”

On Monday, October 26th, the U.S. Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett in a 52-48 deeply partisan split. With just 8 days until the election, the confirmation was the first in history where not a single vote to confirm came from the minority party. At this point, the confirmation process is over, but questions are still circulating over how such a partisan confirmation was even logistically possible.

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In-person Early Voting By State [Start Dates and Locations]

Below is a list of every state that has early voting (in person voting ahead of Election Day on 11/3). I have included when early voting starts, and a link to where you can find your early voting polling station.  Alaska Early voting starts 15 days before the election and ends the day before the … Continue reading In-person Early Voting By State [Start Dates and Locations]

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Supreme Court Nominations; What’s Going On?

Last week, Amy Coney Barrett’s hearing in front of the Judicial Committee came to a close. You may have tuned in, got highlights from the news, or stayed away altogether. Regardless, a lot of people are wondering what happens next. Some are fearful at what seems like an inevitable confirmation, while others are looking forward … Continue reading Supreme Court Nominations; What’s Going On?

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Voting in New York – Primary Edition

In the middle of a Pandemic, the last thing you may be thinking about is voting (or maybe, because of the Pandemic, you’ve been counting down the days). Regardless, the voting process is something that for decades has remained pretty constant. If you are in the county and state where you are registered to vote, … Continue reading Voting in New York – Primary Edition