Mitch McConnell and the Federalist Society got their wish with Amy Coney Barrett and their 6–3 supermajority. It is crucial that Biden expands SCOTUS, which is precisely the bold policy that his administration won’t pursue.

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With record unemployment and historic economic volatility exacerbating pre-existing issues in housing, health care and food insufficiency, Mitch McConnell and his majority-Republican Senate spent the last weeks leading up to recess confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S Supreme Court, rather than passing a much-needed coronavirus relief package for the American people. Barrett’s nomination as the ideological replacement to the late Justice Antonin Scalia solidifies a sustained effort by the President and his allies in the Senate as well as the Freedom Caucus to stack the Judiciary with ultra-conservative, pro-life, “originalist” judges who seem intent on overturning Roe v. Wade…


Since its inception, the death penalty has been a failure in the American legal body, and state-sanctioned murder is unethical behavior from an ostensible champion of justice in the United States.

“The useless profusion of punishments, which has never made men better, induces me to inquire, whether the punishment of death be really just or useful in a well-governed state? What right, I ask, have men to cut the throats of their fellow-creatures?”

-Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishments

In the middle of the night on January 15, 2021, Dustin Higgs was executed at the Terre Haute Federal Prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, making him the 13th and final person to be put to death under Donald Trump’s Administration. …


Often lauded as the chief-actualizer of the Democratic policy agenda, Pelosi’s losing battle against the GOP for coronavirus relief is only her latest failure. It’s time for new congressional leadership.

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Slated for re-election as House Speaker in 2021, Biden’s Administration will mark the third straight president in which Pelosi will be at the helm of the House of Representatives. Now 80 years of age, older than the current and incoming presidents, Pelosi has cemented a reputation in D.C that is primarily defined by her apparent ability to keep her ducks in a row, to surgically maintain and manufacture the party’s votes in her chamber so as to advance the Democratic establishment’s agenda. Pelosi’s demonstrable success with respect to policy during her first years as Speaker, such as gaining party support…

Zach Salcido

Thoughts on different things. College student studying political science and law.

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