What is Birtherism and Why is it Important to Trump?

What is Birtherism and Why is it Important to Trump?

Current Events
  Getting to the bottom of Trump's comments on President Obama's birth certificate will lead you down many dark corridors, so let me spare you the trip. Birtherism is a movement that was started by political opponents of Barack Obama during his presidential run. The basic assertion and force of the movement was a claim that Obama was not born in the US, since there was no evidence of a "birth certificate." Since Birtherists assumed that this was true, the movement called for Barack Obama to quit the presidential race (and later the presidency) as an illegitimate candidate. Donald Trump jumped on the bandwagon sometime in 2011. He insisted that President Obama should step down or produce a "real" birth certificate, claiming that the certificate of live birth Obama┬áproduced in…
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Tiny Lessons in Fear

Tiny Lessons in Fear

Current Events, Everyday
He has a tottering walk. My two-year-old on the stairs is a wafting plume of possibility. Each step is a smelting furnace as panic stokes the coals to blue, "Ore is useful enough. Who needs iron?" But leaving the forge to work means a little boy descends the terrifying didn't-happen, and becomes a walker.
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Why Are We Afraid?

Why Are We Afraid?

Current Events
I watched the debate last night. Did you? What did you see? Maybe you saw the wrangling for influence or the shouting match or the occasional "point well taken." I saw fear. The candidates weren't necessarily fearful. Though there were a few moments I thought Secretary Clinton was a little startled by Mr. Trump's "winning personality." I saw fear being dispensed. It was absolutely free, though! If you were in the mood for fear, there was plenty...on the house! But I wasn't in the mood for fear. I, like Governor Johnson, was in the mood to be inspired. That never happened. There was a moment where it could have happened - where Secretary Clinton could have inspired me to see a way forward in the matter of race relations in…
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Current Events
Hate seems a searing, smoldering thing - an undying death of bearing and shouldering up. It's a puff of powder, a strobe of night, when snuffed by eternal delight in Almighty Love. If we only didn't have to travel through the unraveling of time to get there.
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Current Events
What would I pack,       if I only had moments? Each       instant a panoply of choices, laboring through nightmarish voices and priority schemes, could I arrive at what I need? Yes.      Them. But, God, would I even remember to take       water for my toddler? What comforts would I forsake for my son? What       curses would I utter in those       desperate, teflon seconds as the mystery of every       unforeseen heartbreak pressed in at the speed of terminal velocity? Less time than I have to read this: Run!
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