Timothy Pate How to Contact Your Representatives

How to Contact Your Representatives

Since the election, I've seen a massive uptick in campaigns to get people to call their representatives. That's good, because contacting your representatives is one of the most direct ways you can play a role in shaping our democracy. Pressuring members of Congress will be critical in our efforts to oppose President Trump. I've been preaching … Continue reading How to Contact Your Representatives

Timothy Pate Trump

Kathleen Parker’s Confused Column Inconclusive on Validity of Conspiracy Theories

Kathleen Parker, the conservative Washington Post columnist, penned an article on January 6 with the eye-catching headline, "If Obama is a Muslim, is Trump a Russian spy?" As the piece starts, it appears to urge caution to liberals who are wont to imply or explicitly state that Trump is a tool of the Russians. After a brief "history refresher" … Continue reading Kathleen Parker’s Confused Column Inconclusive on Validity of Conspiracy Theories

Timothy Pate Russia Hacking

As leftists, we need to treat the CIA’s claims of Russian election manipulation skeptically.

The Washington Post published quite the humdinger last night. The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter. Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections … Continue reading As leftists, we need to treat the CIA’s claims of Russian election manipulation skeptically.

Timothy Pate High School Journalism

The Threat of High-School Journalism

This story came out of my hometown yesterday: Staff at the Palmer Ridge High School student newspaper expected “significant reaction” when they endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president, but they’ve been surprised by the vitriol they’ve received. “Some of the stuff we’ve seen on Facebook is quite disgusting,” said Evan Ochsner, a Palmer Ridge senior and co-editor-in-chief. “There … Continue reading The Threat of High-School Journalism

Like Father, Like Son

Donald Trump Jr., whose Twitter account is arguably more deplorable than his dear dad's, Tweeted this sweet meme today: This image says it all. Let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put America first. #trump2016 pic.twitter.com/9fHwog7ssN — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 19, 2016 The tweet is characteristically childish, but it's also more than … Continue reading Like Father, Like Son

More Bad News for Trump

Two great articles from The New York Times and Politico this weekend detailed the turmoil inside and surrounding the Trump campaign. On Saturday, The New York Times published an in-depth account of the futility of reigning in Donald Trump and keeping him on message: Advisers who once hoped a Pygmalion-like transformation would refashion a crudely effective political showman into a plausible … Continue reading More Bad News for Trump

Slow Motion Bias

Beth Mole covers a new study that shows that "slow motion might actually muddle" our perception of premeditation: To see if artificially lengthened footage can alter perceptions, the researchers showed 489 volunteers a similar five-second video clip of an armed robbery that ended with a robber shooting a sales clerk. Participants watched the clip at … Continue reading Slow Motion Bias

Obama’s Political Chessboard

Today, as Donald Trump continues his futile war of words with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, President Obama called on Republicans to withdraw their support of Trump: “The question they have to ask themselves is: If you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still … Continue reading Obama’s Political Chessboard

Warren Buffett’s Drive 2 Vote

I was already planning on taking Election Day off work to provide rides to polling locations, but I didn't really have a plan beyond that. I told my coworker that I was going to use chalk paint to advertise free rides, and then I was just going to drive around until I found someone in … Continue reading Warren Buffett’s Drive 2 Vote

Paulsen Wishy-Washy on Trump

In Minnesota, the Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, incumbent U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, is struggling to find the balance between not endorsing Trump and not outright disavowing him. It's proving a tough line to straddle: Fresh from a political convention where Republicans emerged in lockstep support of Donald Trump as the party’s presidential nominee, … Continue reading Paulsen Wishy-Washy on Trump