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Thirty years after the congresswoman’s statehood bill failed, she’s seeing a light at the end of the tunnel

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton at a hearing on the District of Columbia statehood bill. Photo: Carlos Barria/Pool/Getty Images

On Monday, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing to discuss H.R. 51, the bill to give the District of Columbia statehood. Under the legislation, the federal city would change its name to Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, keeping the same D.C. initials but now honoring famed resident and abolitionist Frederick Douglass…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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. …

Trump Corruption Index

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

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…

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