Designated Survivor Recap: Season 1, Episode 10, ‘The Oath’

December 15, 2016
Something terrible is about to happen to the fictional president. (Photo Credit: ABC/Ben Mark Holzberg)
Something terrible is about to happen to the fictional president. (Photo Credit: ABC/Ben Mark Holzberg)

By Guest Contributor: Lakshmi Gandhi (@LakshmiGandhi)

If I ever have to deal with an assassination attempt moments after uncovering major threats to American democracy, I can only hope to deal with it all as competently as Maggie Q’s Hannah Wells.

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BREAKING: Asian American Students File to Join Harvard Lawsuit and Defend Affirmative Action

December 13, 2016
Nicole Gon Ochi, Supervising Attorney of Advancing Justice - LA, speaks at a press conference on December 13, 2016. (Photo credit: Facebook / AAAJ-LA)
Nicole Gon Ochi, Supervising Attorney of Advancing Justice – LA, speaks at a press conference on December 13, 2016. (Photo credit: Facebook / AAAJ-LA)

Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (AAAJ-LA) held a press conference moments ago to announce that lawyers with the group will represent two Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) high school students who wish to present their support of race-conscious affirmative action admission before the Supreme Court if and when the justices hear arguments next year about an anti-affirmative action lawsuit filed against the school by Edward Blum, the architect behind Abigail Fisher’s earlier failed attempts to dismantle affirmative action before the Court.

The two AAPI high school students represented by AAAJ-LA are current applicants to Harvard University, and both believe that race-conscious affirmative action is beneficial; AAAJ-LA filed paperwork yesterday to help the students join an existing group of diverse students who will have “amicus plus” status to present their support for affirmative action in a pending anti-affirmative action case, Students for Fair Admissions, Inc v. President and Fellows of Harvard College.

In the Students for Fair Admissions case, lobbyist Edward Blum specifically recruited disgruntled Asian American students to serve as the next Abigail Fisher, in hopes of weaponizing a stereotyped, Model Minority Myth narrative of Asian Americans against other students of colour. Blum’s lawsuit alleging bias at Harvard was ultimately consolidated around the case of a still-unnamed Chinese American woman.

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Jennifer Lawrence Offers Crappy Non-Apology for Mocking Native Hawaiian Beliefs

December 12, 2016
Actress Jennifer Lawrence in a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show. (Photo credit: YouTube / Graham Norton Show)
Actress Jennifer Lawrence in a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show. (Photo credit: YouTube / Graham Norton Show)

Actress Jennifer Lawrence offered a tepid non-apology to “the internet” last Friday for an appearance on the Graham Norton Show earlier this month. In the appearance, Lawrence joked about defiling sacred Hawaiian stones during a film shoot, and then laughed about it while mocking Native Hawaiian beliefs (video after the jump).

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Congress Passes Bill To Provide Reparations to Guam World War II Survivors

December 12, 2016
The remnants of a World War II bunker on a beach in Guam. (Photo credit: ABC / Ben Bohane)
The remnants of a World War II bunker on a beach in Guam. (Photo credit: ABC / Ben Bohane)

Seventy five years after Imperial Japanese Army forces invaded the US-held territory of Guam on December 8, 1941 — leading to the rape, abuse, and killing of many of the island’s residents during the four years of its occupation by Japan — the US federal government is poised to provide reparations to Guam’s World War II survivors. Last week, Congress quietly included a measure to provide reparations to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which establishes military spending for the upcoming fiscal year.

The spending bill was passed by the House in May with bipartisan support, with the vast majority of Republicans and 40 Democrats voting in favour. It was introduced by Senator John McCain and passed the Senate with 92 votes last Thursday. The Act is now headed to the White House, where President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.

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‘Designated Survivor’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 9, ‘The Blueprint’

December 8, 2016
Things continue to get complicated inside the Kirkman White House. (Photo Credit: ABC/Ian Watson)
Things continue to get complicated inside the Kirkman White House. (Photo Credit: ABC/Ian Watson)

By Guest Contributor: Lakshmi Gandhi (@LakshmiGandhi)

Wait, the fictional Congress in Designated Survivor has 162 registered independents?

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