Kate Riga

Kate Riga is a news writer for Talking Points Memo based in New York City. Before joining TPM, Kate was the political reporter for The Southampton Press. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and a native of Philadelphia.

Articles by Kate

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the NSC official who is giving impeachment inquiry testimony damning to President Donald Trump’s cause Tuesday, has become the target of xenophobic attacks from the right-wing echo chamber due to his childhood emigration from Ukraine.

But in a film of Ken Burns’ 1985 “America” series, spotted by the eagle-eyed Philip Bump of the Washington Post, the Vindmans are revealed to have such a compelling and classic story as to be featured in “Statue of Liberty,” an ode to the immigrant’s American dream.

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The last time the American public learned that its government had carried out a top-secret, high-risk raid to execute a primary terrorist enemy, it was 2011. President Barack Obama was in the White House.

The night before the raid, Obama was out of the office delivering a soon-to-be infamous roast at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, pillorying a stone-faced Donald Trump who’d for months spearheaded the racist birtherism conspiracy theory.

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