January 8, 2021 
As Joe Biden said, "The words of a president matter, no matter how good or bad they are."

For the past four years, our president, Donald Trump, has been using words to divide this country, to encourage people to hate each other, and to sow distrust in government.

It all came to a screeching crescendo Wednesday afternoon when his thuggish supporters attacked the Capitol. Trump has been dangerously creeping towards this moment, along with his GOP colleagues, since he took office.

His words encouraged domestic terrorism. Earlier on Wednesday, he thanked his supporters when they chanted "fight for Trump." He told the crowd that they will never take back the country with weakness and they need to show strength and be strong. He even praised them saying he loved them and that they were special.

Many GOP members denounced the violence and called for Trump's removal from office. But their words are meaningless. Their silence for the past 1447 days is unconscionable. They only spoke out when the violence Trump personally endorsed touched them and forced them under benches and desks.

This dark moment in America will not be forgotten, nor will the bright moment that followed. Congress reconvened to confirm Joe Biden's win. Democracy prevails.

The Capitol will be repaired. The offices will be cleaned. Work will resume. But the scars on our democracy's heart will take longer to heal.

Unfortunately, this week's bedlam overshadowed our victory in Georgia. We hoped we left an ugly piece of the past behind when the Southern state elected its first Jewish Senator and its first black Senator. Mobs waving the confederate flags and wearing antisemitic slogans on shirts ransacking the Capitol reminded us that we haven't actually travelled very far.

It will soon be Joe Biden's task to lead us to a better place. It will take his strength and fortitude, along with that of Congress, to work to end the racism and bigotry that also forced its way into the Capitol.

If Democrats and Republicans can hide together while under attack, then they can work together to address the critical issues facing our country. 
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Violence at the Capitol Had Its Roots in Anti-Choice Violence
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The Democratic Sin of Congressional Chaplains
On the last day of 2020, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that for the first time in history a female minister would serve as the new chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives. As a Baptist minister who believes in gender equality in the pulpit, my concern is not with retired Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben as a minister. Rather, I remain opposed to government chaplains. Shattering the glass ceiling hardly seems like a celebratory moment when we use those shards to puncture the wall between church and state.
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Assault on Democracy: Sen. Josh Hawley Has Blood on His Hands in Capitol Coup Attempt 

No one other than President Donald Trump himself is more responsible for Wednesday's coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol than one Joshua David Hawley, the 41-year-old junior senator from Missouri, who put out a fundraising appeal while the siege was underway. Hawley was first to say that he would oppose the certification of Joe Biden's Electoral College win. That action, motivated by ambition, set off much that followed -- the rush of his fellow presidential aspirant Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and other members of the Sedition Caucus to put a show of loyalty to the president above all else.
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How Ossoff and Warnock's Georgia Senate Wins Will Impact the Climate

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The Last Word
"I will not be deterred from carrying out my sacred constitutional duty. I've survived an RPG for our democracy. Tin pot dictators and their mobs won't stop me from doing my job."

- Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
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