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Trump's Strongman Aspirations - CNN 

The last time someone used the Oval Office to execute a personal vendetta, it was dubbed the Saturday Night Massacre.

No one actually died in the scandal over Richard Nixon's firing of the special prosecutor looking into the Watergate recordings, but the blow to our concept of American democracy was devastating. Nixon's behavior challenged our sense of self as a nation committed to the rule of law, shook our belief in political leaders, and tarnished the global image of the United States as a model democracy. Read More

Why Ivanka Trump's New Role Is Actually A Problem - Refinery 29

I used to be a fan of Ivanka Trump. In a town where the masses live in loose fitting, dark-colored suits, I chose to wear pumps by her label when running between meetings across federal agencies in D.C. I appreciated Ivanka’s combination of clean style, savvy marketing, and business acumen. And during the course of a bitter campaign, I came to respect the trust her tycoon father placed in her. Read More

Birthing My Half-Black, Half-Pakistani, Full-Muslim Son in the Era of Trump - The Root

I went into labor 30 minutes after Donald Trump’s election night speech. I have the worries that any new mother would have about raising a child in the era of Trump, where ugliness is out in the open and civility no longer exists. 

My son was born pink. Not mocha, like his daddy. I really wanted to birth a mini version of my husband so that I could project all the love and hugs I feel for the stoic man onto his son. Read More

Trump's Shocking Victory: What It Means - CNN

In his acceptance speech, President-elect Trump pledged to be "President for all Americans" and asked for people like me, who did not support his campaign, for our "guidance and help so we can work together and unify our great country." Read More

Travel Warning: Beware U.S. Gun Violence and Police - Huffington Post

We landed in Honduras with trepidation and curiosity about the murder capital of the world. San Pedro Sula offered us a quick, cheap vacation combiningeco-tourism with the chance to swim with the  elusive whale shark. But family members, even my boss at the State Department, all questioned our judgment. My own organization had recently issued the U.S. government’s 12 paragraph travel warning about Honduras being a place where “criminals operate with a high degree of impunity” and “kidnappings and extortion are common.” Read More