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Americans often ask what a President’s “legacy” will be. Donald Trump revealed a great and terrible truth: who America “really” is. Now, America’s a lot of things. And yet in the end, too, things reach a kind of balance, and in that balance we can say that the truth of things is revealed at last. Let me explain what I mean.

There’s a dynamic that happens these days that goes like this. A white person, especially a white liberal, will cry, shaking their head at events like, for example, the coup at the Capitol: “this isn’t who America is!” And…


I’m sick of lists of habits that are unrealistic for the majority of people. Even worse is when someone says to wake up at 5 am or run 10 kilometers every day and calls it a micro-habit.

This is not one of those lists.

Each micro-habit here takes one minute at most each day or uses a task most people do anyway. None of them will transform or revolutionize your life but they can help you live a little bit better every day and this adds up over time.

I draw on the research by BJ Fogg in “Tiny Habits”…


Today, The New York Times reports that Senator Mitch McConnell was “pleased” Democrats were taking steps to impeach Donald Trump for a second time. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and John Katko (R-NY) followed this, announcing their support of Trump’s impeachment. Next was the statement from Adam Kinzinger (IL). This posture is in stark contrast to other Republican leaders who have been silent in condemning the President’s actions and have instead urged healing and calm rather than Trump’s removal from office.

On Monday, Republicans blocked a resolution floated by Democrats calling for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment after…


I’ve Been in Venture Capital for Two Months. Here’s What Still Makes No Sense

People often ask me how I got into VC. It’s a difficult question to answer because the truth isn’t sexy or fun. Getting hired in VC was a winding, frustrating, and often draining process during which I repeatedly convinced myself this wasn’t the path I wanted to take, then reignited interest. I’m happy to share the nitty gritty with anyone who asks. While I was lucky to have a few investors believe in me, more often than not, interview processes left me exhausted and underwhelmed.

When…


The Problem with the Right Wing and Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine are a staple in modern American music. At this point in our country’s history, they’ve risen above being a symbol of the 90s alternative scene and become one of the most distinguished and recognizable names in the last 40 years. They’re an enigma because of that. How did such a politically polarizing and heavy rap metal band climb so high in the world of rock music?

I suppose you could say it was the timing. They came about during the Bush era, that’s the first…


People who work for President Donald Trump typically meet one of two fates. They fail to show the unthinking loyalty he demands and get fired. Or, maybe worse, they don’t get fired — they endure the tantrums and turmoil and survive another day, binding themselves even closer to perhaps history’s most divisive president.

Anyone who went to work for Trump inside or outside the government surely knew the terms of the bargain. They’d be answering to an untested and impulsive president. They weren’t getting Dwight Eisenhower as a boss — they were getting Dwight Schrute.

Was it worth it? I…


Itstarted with an old vacuum. Less-than-perfect, but otherwise fully functioning, I needed to get rid of it. In the past, I would’ve defaulted to selling it on Craigslist or apps like OfferUp for whatever few dollars it was worth. But having been blessed with a new, state-of-the-art vacuum for free, I was eager to pay it forward by gifting it to someone.

I turned to my Buy Nothing (San Francisco) group on Facebook, an unofficial local chapter of the official Buy Nothing Project. Founded in 2013 by Rebecca Rockefeller and Liesl Clark, the Buy Nothing Project began as an experimental…


The other night, I left my house to find our cat before the coyotes did and found my brand new neighbor standing in our driveway, instead. Without any preamble, she gestured to the three cords of wood we had meticulously split, seasoned, and stacked throughout the summer. Could she have some wood?

I blinked dumbly at my neighbor, waiting for the punchline. It is an unspoken pact in these here hills: eggs, milk, and sugar’s for the taking, but you don’t touch someone’s wood. The kind of firewood you order in the country, when you order it, how you stack…


Halfway through her freshman year, Elizabeth Olshanetsky had a road map for her life that stretched all the way to 2023: The self-described “traditionalist” would continue her education at Yale University, squeeze in a few venture capital internships, get a degree, then land a job. Then, Covid-19 hit and upended the entire world. The 19-year-old found herself back in her childhood bedroom in New Jersey, completing her first year of college through a computer screen, away from the life she had just started to build for herself.

The experience was fine — she wasn’t sick, and her immediate material needs…


On Monday, Trump announced the resignation of his Attorney General, Bill Barr, via a tweet that included an image of Barr’s resignation letter.

In most administrations, this would be no big deal. It’s a very big deal in the Trump administration because most of the officials that have left have been fired by tweet rather than allowed to resign. Most only found out about their firing when they saw Trump’s tweet.

So what is different about Bill Barr? Why was he allowed the dignity of gracefully resigning?

He knows where all the bodies are buried.

Trump, who has no understanding…

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