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    The Case for Impeachment

      Impeachment is on the mind of every engaged American. And thoughts about it are naturally issuing from the keyboards of every journalist and pundit, now that Bob Mueller's report has seen the light of day.  Like many, I have read at least a dozen articles and opinion pieces this past week-end about the topic.  I have also tried to sit quietly and think about what the decision whether or not to impeach will mean for the country, for our values, for the rule of law, and for the politics of the 2020 Election. To the extent that Democrats are hesitating — I won’t call it hand-wringing — about whether to impeach Donald Trump, Bill Clinton is primarily to blame. More precisely: If the Clinton impeachment had never happened, I am thoroughly convinced that Articles of Impeachment would certainly already have been drafted against Trump and, if they had not been introduced shortly after the Democrats had retaken the House, they would be forthcoming this week, at the very latest.
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    Congressman Malinowski-Making His Constituents a Priority

      “He stood up to dictators; he will stand up for us.”  At last, NJ07 has a representative who is both standing up to Donald Trump, and his Republican enablers, and aggressively pursuing the needs of our constituents.  Tom Malinowski is using his two House committee assignments - Foreign Affairs, and Transportation and Infrastructure - asplatforms to address many of the issues that were neglected under the previous incumbent.  Let’s start with infrastructure. The very first Bill that Malinowski introduced was an Act that would allow states to count federal transportation loans towards their share of jointly funded large-scale projects like Gateway. And, mercifully, the bipartisan spending bill that averted a second government shutdown contained $650 million in funding that could be used for Gateway projects.  It is a start on something that represents a true emergency rather than the faux emergency at the southern border (Malinowski spoke out about that too. A tunnel failure and its impact on one fifth of the national economy would plunge us into instant recession.  A second topic close to the heart of many constituents is gun safety.  Tom supported the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, the first significant gun control bill to clear the chamber in a quarter of a century.  The Senate and the White House will stonewall on this, but at last we have a Congressman who is offering more than “thoughts and prayers.”  On Foreign Affairs, Tom has aggressively confronted the supine posturing and amoral equivocation of the Trump administration. When Trump shrugged off the torture of Otto Warmbier, Malinowski tweeted he would introduce a bipartisan resolution affirming that Congress holds Kim Jong Un responsible. Tom spoke out as we learned more of the overlay of Trump’s pro-Russia statements during the campaign with his business interests in a Trump Tower in Moscow. And while Trump equivocated, Tom called for sanctions on Mohammed bin Salmanfor ordering the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.  What a difference a year makes.  We have gone from a spineless Banana Republican to a to full throated, challenging Democrat looking after our interests. He deserves our equally full throated support.
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    Colorism - You’re pretty for a dark girl. (Part 2)

    [Click here to read Part 1] Messages from Media We cannot underestimate the tremendous power of advertising and media to influence our perceptions and standards of beauty, particularly images in magazines, music videos, TV shows, and movies. Not only is there power in advertising and media, there is also great thought given by people who study how to get consumers to respond to an image. Research has shown over time and from the testimonies of people I’ve worked with, most of the images seen on television hold lighter skinned people in higher esteem than darker skinned people. Because of this messaging, many people hold lighter skinned people in high esteem and aspire to be lighter. This aspiration manifests itself in skin bleaching. Globally, one of the most popular products is skin-bleaching cream. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on skin bleaching products every year all across the world because of the idea that lighter skin is to be preferred over darker skin.
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