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The Christian mom who cried to Vince Staples

Lately, the 11-minute rant by a fundamentalist Christian mother who was so offended by the song Norf Norf by rapper Vince Staples playing on the radio that she broke down in tears has been making rounds on the internet, acquiring, as expected, a fair amount of mockery. Vince Staples himself has come out defending the woman, saying, among other things, “No person needs to be attacked for their opinion on what they see to be appropriate for their children. They have a right to it.” I’m not sure I’m willing to buy that.

Joe Biden: Democratic nominee

Wait, what? You thought it was going to be Hillary, didn’t you? Well, in all likelihood, it probably will be. However, it appears that Hillary Clinton’s seemingly assured nomination is growing somewhat less certain. As you may know, Hillary Clinton is currently embroiled in an extraordinarily convoluted email scandal that I will make no attempt…

Peter Liang is free – what now?

On April 19th, a New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn sentenced former NYPD officer Peter Liang to five years of probation for the shooting of unarmed Black man Akai Gurley. Earlier this year, Liang’s conviction drew fierce backlash from New York’s Chinese-American community. The protests largely centered around two claims. First, that the death…

The conversation: voter representation

Once again, political columnists Ruairí Arrieta-Kenna and Terence Zhao have co-written a column as part of their series, The Conversation. This week, they discuss the roles voters and delegates play in the nominating process and whether or not the parties ought to follow the will of the largest group of voters. Ruairí: Hi, Terence. Happy…