Alex Howard

Alex Howard


Dad, husband, writer, citizen, chef, cyclist, skeptical optimist, cereal dilettante | Editor @OpenGov + @ePluribusUnum | #CivicTech texts: https://t.co/bTfsHuC61N

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We are not free from want, nor hatred & injustice, but the moral arc of our nation’s history has been bent towards progress in our institutions and character by generations of Americans working together towards a more just union, where all humans are created equal under our laws.

The tall perimeter fence around the @WhiteHouse  & @USTreasury  is gone. Lafayette Park is still closed to the public. And north of the White House, an inaugural parade viewing platform is being built again — a physical reminder that change is coming to Washington.

Freedom of Speech Freedom of Worship Freedom from Want Freedom from Fear @POTUS  32 FDR

It was beautiful on this clear fall day, with gorgeous autumn foliage gracing the granite and stone civic spaces. I was struck again by how many sentiments and monuments to our history remain relevant today, and will long into the 21st Century, as long as this nation endures.

Our union is weakened by moral failures, as the most powerful nation in history allows children to go hungry at night, veterans to go unhoused, senior citizens to struggle to pay for housing & healthcare, & the sick to die because they cannot afford vital medication nor surgeries

In Washington, one principle around government has often been simple: “transparency for thee, but not for me.” Cf.: Lawmakers who wanted Trump’s tax returns but wouldn’t release their own, or support but won’t apply FOIA #opengovto  the legislative branch

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@elindburg  @MelissaJPeltierNo . Neither SCOTUS nor any justice of officially on Twitter, though Breyer said he created an account in 2010 & others may be listening.

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Congresswoman @Ocasio2018  is from @reppressleyoklyn '>Br @RepPressleyoklyn . from Chicago (born @RepRashidan  OH). is from @ilhanmntroit '>D @IlhanMNtroit . was a refugee from Somalia, before she won election to Congress in Minnesota. They're all Americans, leading a new generation representing their constituents in DC.

June 2020: @FoxNews runs faked news, producing digitally altered composite photos of Capitol Hill in Seattle: Fox retracted after contacted them. This @seattletimesgoes  beyond abysmal ethics. Fox made propaganda to support Trump’s lies about “terrorism.”

All along the northern edge of Lafayette Park, people are leaving signs & notes, & have woven in messages. It’s a striking, organic memorial, remaking the ugly new fencing as public art in a reclaimed space for passerby & protestors to honor remember the messages & people in them

Check, meet balance: a federal judge rejected an argument from President Trump that a sitting @POTUS  is immune from criminal investigations, allowing the Manhattan district attorney’s office to subpoena 8 years of Trump’s personal & corporate tax returns.

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@MayorRGiuliani  You were once a US Attorney i @SDNYnewsn  , but were never appointed US Attorney General nor served in that capacity. Why are you misrepresenting your public service?

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Barr’s memo prompted @TheJusticeDept  official who oversees investigations of voter fraud to resign in hours Barr’s authorization ignored policies intended to keep from affecting the ou @TheJusticeDepttcome  of an election. An abuse of power to keep power.

In 2014, @JonathanTurley  wrote it's a myth that an impeachable offense must involve a violation of criminal law: "While there’s a high bar for what constitutes grounds for impeachment, an offense does not have to be indictable." He was correct – then.

Hundreds of people are outside of the @uscapitol  at 9:30 PM. Men, women & children, standing & sharing

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