In 2016, McConnell refused to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. He was quoted saying this:
It seems clear President Obama made this nomination not, not with the intent of seeing the nominee confirmed, but in order to politicize it for purposes of the election.
I believe the overwhelming view of the Republican Conference in the Senate is that this nomination should not be filled, this vacancy should not be filled by this lame duck president.
In 2020, Justice Ginsburg passed on September 18. The next day, September 19, Mitch McConnell told the press he would do all he could to fill the vacancy before the election. Amy Coney Barrett was eventually nominated on October 26, without a single vote from the minority party (a first in American history). …
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This week, we’ll address the topic of dilution and fundraising round structure, from Angel/Seed up to Series-B.
💧 Expected dilution? 10–15%
⌚ How long to raise? A few weeks up to a few months.
🏃🏽 Runway? 12–18 months
💵 Who invests? FFFs, HNWIS, or Seed funds
📆 When? Early in the life of a company, from 0 to a few 00’000s ARR.
📜 Paperwork? Keep the contracts as simple as possible (KISS). This includes the investment contract and the Shareholder Agreement.
The election of Barack Obama to the presidency marked a turning point for the GOP. It was the party’s day of reckoning.
For decades, the Republicans had capitalised on white nationalist, evangelical voters, stoking their racism through a deceitful use of euphemisms designed to reinforce racial divisions in the country. Election cycle after election cycle, they abandoned their policy platform, knowing none if it would work (Americans are still waiting for all these tax cuts to trickle down), in favour of an electoral strategy focused on negative emotions and fear.
Obama’s accession to the presidency changed the face of America and forced the GOP into an inescapable…
This list was published in Psychology Today in a 2012 article title “Dangerous Cult Leaders.”
When I read it, I was immediately reminded of a certain stable genius and felt compelled to check each item individually, so here it is!
All the traits of a cult leader displayed by Donald Trump:
The Republican Party was born in 1854 as a reaction to the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Its founders opposed the expansion of slavery to the Western territories. They believed in “high tariffs to promote economic growth, high wages and high profits, [and] generous pensions for Union veterans.”
This Republican Party, the party of Lincoln, Grant, and Eisenhower, died on July 2, 1964; the day LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act.
Hearing President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory speech on Saturday, November 7th, 2020, the world was reminded of what it meant to have a compassionate, dedicated, and strong-willed civil servant as the President of the United States. After he was done talking, the whole Biden family came on stage, and the world was also reminded of how good it feels to look up to people who are capable of love and affection.
Here is the speech, in case you haven’t listened to it yet:
Since Donald Trump was elected President in 2016, there hasn’t been a single day where he wasn’t on the front page of every major news outlet in the country and, perhaps, the world. …
What they mean: “We really don’t like what’s happening now, so we’re going to pretend our eyes don’t see, our ears don’t listen, our noses don’t smell, and focus on what we believe inside our little hearts.”
Important note: was not invented by Trump but by Reagan who said:
A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions tell me that’s true, but the facts and evidence tell me it is not.
What they mean: “Now that we’ve given billionaires permission to spend as much as they want on campaign financing, we might as well flatter them with some fancy, military-sounding titles to fumble their egos and make them feel powerful.” …
Today is November 14th, 2020, and since the beginning of the year, more than 250,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. In face of such calamity, we must remember that beyond the statistics, each and every one of these lost lives was a mother, father, grandparent, sibling, friend, or colleague who is dearly missed and whose death may have been prevented.
Trump’s responsibility in the failure that has been the Federal response to the crisis is obvious to all (New York Times, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, WaPo, USA Today, Nature, Vox, The Guardian) but Trump himself. …
The chart hereunder was shared all over social media in the past few days. It represents the share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) “won” by each candidate when adding up all the counties that voted for them. Looking at the definition of GDP in an IMF publication, we read that
GDP measures the monetary value of final goods and services — that are bought by the final user — produced in a country in a given period of time.
It also commonly agreed amongst economists that “GDP serves as the key indicator of development and progress.”
The differences between the economic circumstances of those who voted for Biden or Trump are staggering. …
Let’s get it straight out of the way: the Electoral College is an anti-democratic institution created in the XVIIIth century by men who believed social class and skin colour determined one’s ability to think, act, and elect. As many have argued in the recent past, it should be abolished.
It should be noted that it was nearly abolished in 1970 when the amendment had bipartisan support, had it not been for a filibuster by Strom Thurmond and the Dixiecrats.
But it wasn’t, and for now, it is the process by which the US elects its President. As such, we must deal with its impracticalities and anachronisms, one of which being that the College is composed of 538 electors, an even number (it used to be 535 until DC got its 3 votes). …