Senior Editor, GEN by Medium. Previously: Pacific Standard, Wired

That’s how Alana Casanova-Burgess describes the new podcast La Brega, a limited-run series for WNYC. In a conversation with GEN’s Andrea González-Ramírez, Casanova-Burgess discusses the frustrations of having to constantly explain Puerto Rican issues for a non-boricua audience, and says her show is specifically geared toward Puerto Rican listeners.

“Even if you’re Puerto Rican, you’re going to learn something here!” Casanova-Burgess says. “Or maybe the way I should put that is, especially if you’re Puerto Rican, you’re going to learn something here.”


Kolby LaMarche was a star in the making, but he could no longer support a party pushing the politics of division

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Photo courtesy of Kolby LaMarche

Kolby LaMarche is in his first year at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, where he’s studying communications and law. He enjoys food, hiking, and playing with his cat — and until last week, he was the chair of the Burlington Republican Party.

LaMarche was elected to his role in January 2019, when he was 17, which (he’s pretty sure) makes him the youngest chair in state party history. But LaMarche grew concerned with the growing extremism within his party’s ranks, and posted on social media and wrote several op-eds for the local website VTDigger demanding party leaders distance themselves from…


Capitol Terrorists Exposers has been quietly supplying information to a number of major news outlets

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Men belonging to the Oath Keepers at the Capitol on January 6. Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

Over the past few days, a number of outlets, including the New York Times and the New Yorker, have published bombshell investigations identifying rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 as members of far-right factions, military veterans, and in some cases, former security detail for Trump ally Roger Stone. In those pieces, reporters cited the research done by Capitol Terrorists Exposers, an online group that monitors the far-right, as being instrumental in the identification process. …


Kurt Andersen, author and co-founder of Spy magazine, displayed an eerie knack for political prophecy over the course of his career. His 1999 novel Turn of the Century imagined a future where Trump is running for office, and his 2017 non-fiction book Fantasyland foresaw a further rise in conspiracy theories — and was published months before QAnon first surfaced.

The secret to his forecasting savvy? Looking not at what’s ahead, but rather at what’s in front of his eyes. …


Organized labor remains divided over the transition to clean energy, though there’s reason to be optimistic

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President Joe Biden signed an executive order pausing new oil and natural gas leases on public lands on Wednesday. Photo: Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images

In his first seven days in office, President Joe Biden has made clear that climate change is central to his administration’s agenda. Already, he has rejoined the Paris climate agreement, reinstated Obama-era fuel economy standards, restored national monuments like Bears Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante, canceled the Keystone XL pipeline permit, and, on Wednesday, issued a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal lands.

Yet all of these actions, significant as they may be, were delivered via executive order, meaning it would take just a few pen strokes from the next president to reverse them. None of them will…


Trump Corruption Index

Some acts were criminal, others impeachable. But it’s important to remember the little things.

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Last June, my editors tasked me with an interesting, if arduous, assignment — compile a weekly record of the graft and double-dealing of the Trump administration. The dishonesty had started on day one, so we were admittedly late to the game. (But GEN began in 2019, so cut us some slack!) By summer 2020, the corruption was everywhere; it was a part of everything and everyone. The idea was to create a weekly bulleted index aggregating all the stories and developments. We called it the “Trump Corruption Index.” And we never lacked for material.

Since then, the president has been…


The Senate could vote to bar him from ever running for office again

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Photo: Go Nakamura/Getty Images

Less than a week before President Trump’s term ends, the House has voted to impeach him for the second time. But the Senate is in recess until January 19, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday rejected the call for an emergency session for Trump’s impeachment trial. That means a trial wouldn’t take place until Trump is out of office.

Can you even impeach a former president?

The constitutionality of impeaching a former president is murky. While you obviously can’t remove someone from a position they don’t currently hold, senators can hold a separate vote to prevent that person from ever seeking public office again.

Some…


TRUMP CORRUPTION INDEX

Trump faces blowback after he incited a mob to storm the Capitol, and even loyalists doubt he can self-pardon his way out of this one

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Is there enough graft, double-dealing, and self-interested chicanery in the Trump administration to publish this column every week? Only time — and Trump — will tell. (But we feel pretty confident.) Presenting this week’s installment of the Trump Corruption Index.

Impeachment round 2

House Democrats are planning to vote on Wednesday to once again impeach President Trump, this time for his role in inciting an insurrection at the Capitol last week, where rioters killed a Capitol Police officer. Unlike the last go-round, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly quite pleased that Democrats are trying to impeach the president, telling colleagues he hopes…


Trump Corruption Index

Trump makes a last-gasp attempt to overturn the election results; Sidney Powell is threatened with a lawsuit

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Is there enough graft, double-dealing, and self-interested chicanery in the Trump administration to publish this column every week? Only time — and Trump — will tell. (But we feel pretty confident.) Presenting this week’s installment of the Trump Corruption Index.

Dialing up the corruption to 11

On Saturday, President Donald Trump held an hourlong call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to discuss his general election loss in the state to President-elect Joe Biden. During the call, which was recorded and shared with the Washington Post, Trump repeatedly pressured Raffensperger to reverse the election outcome, urging him at one point to simply “find” the votes…


Grassroots groups helped turn out a record number of voters

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A volunteer distributes voter care packages at a block party for Georgia Democratic Senate candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Growing up as a Vietnamese immigrant in Georgia, Quynh Nguyen saw firsthand the barriers that can prevent foreign-born Americans from participating in the electoral process. “My mom and dad speak English,” she says, “but not well enough to understand that there’s a website where they can check their voter registration status.”

Nguyen has devoted her career to helping members of her community navigate the voting system. …

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