Time will tell if the Puerto Rican flag becomes the 51st state flag (Getty Images).

There was a time when Republicans supported Puerto Rican statehood. Reagan, Ford, and Bush Sr. all championed the right for Puerto Rico to gain statehood and Bob Dole even introduced a bill to let Puerto Ricans vote on whether a 51st star should be added to the U.S. flag for them. But as polarization has gnawed its way into every facet of our politics recently, the Democrats have become the party of Puerto Rican statehood, while Republicans have firmly staked out a position across the aisle as the anti-statehood party. As disgusting as it is that our two parties can’t…


Voters in the U.S. love to complain about our rigid, two-party system. When election season rolls around, we feel constricted by the “two evils” that are the Democratic and Republican parties and we desire more options. Of course, there are more options: the Libertarian, Green, Constitution, Reform, Socialist Workers, and Prohibition Party will all gladly have your vote. However, barring the occasional surprise, America’s third parties never actually get elected to office. But maybe that’s about to change. Since Donald Trump’s chaotic election loss in 2020, his shaky relationship with the Republican establishment seems headed towards full-on divorce. Rumor is…


Militias supporting Trump are prepared to defend him from an election loss.

During tonight’s presidential debate, Trump was asked once again whether he would honor the results of the election, regardless of whether voters granted him another term in office. He juggled a stilted response to this question before defaulting to his unproven belief that the 2020 elections will be riddled with fraud. But it’s what he said next that should terrify every American. He urged his supporters to get out and “watch the polls,” calling on his heavily militarized fanbase to supervise the schools, community centers, and gymnasiums where Americans vote. At face value, Trump’s call to action may not seem…


In the Old Fourth Ward, an Atlanta neighborhood where civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. was born and raised, Helene Mills, 90, has had her life pushed to the brink. She has lived in her yellow bungalow in the historically black and low income neighborhood since 2003, but recent luxury development in the area has caused her home’s value to nearly double since she bought it. As a senior living on fixed income, Mills has been forced to make major sacrifices in order to afford her skyrocketing property taxes. Even as she cuts back on food and clothing, she…

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