Charlie Beckerman writes lots of different things, including fiction, non-fiction and podcasts. He has lived in San Francisco, New York City, France, Florida, the U.K., and now is living in Los Angeles. He's seriously thinking about getting a dog.

This George H.W. Bush Speech From 1991 Is A Must-Watch To Remember His Optimism

At 94, President George Herbert Walker Bush was the oldest living former U.S. president when he died. And to remember the 41st president of the United States, it's important to take a moment to remember one of his finest speeches: George H.W. Bush's…
By Charlie Beckerman

This DACA Recipient Was A Guest At Trump's Speech

"I'll never forget the day I heard the news about DACA," said Yuriana Aguilar, a scientist who is one of hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to America as children and were granted work permits under Barack Obama's Deferred…
By Charlie Beckerman

Sessions' Voter ID Crusade Is On

When Donald Trump nominated Jeff Sessions to take the reins at the Department of Justice, supporters of voting rights had good reason to be scared. Sessions has a checkered past when it came to voting access, so much so that it arguably helped cost…
By Charlie Beckerman

Chelsea Clinton's Tweets Raise Political Buzz

“America. 2017. Now we have to show our IDs to board and get off? To gate agents then ICE officers? Just want to be clear (at least for today).” This pithy rejoinder to a story about passengers on a domestic flight getting their IDs checked by…
By Charlie Beckerman

Trump's Defense Spending Hike Is His Most Reckless

It’s kind of impressive how Donald Trump can be so shocking while still being fairly unsurprising. Over the weekend and continuing Monday morning, Trump and his aides started laying the groundwork for the budget he will propose to Congress in the…
By Charlie Beckerman

"Transilient" Shows Art Can Destigmatize

Last summer, as the presidential election was fulminating into its full form, two activists took to the road with a mission of giving a voice to transgender people people from all corners of the country. Basil Vaughn Soper and Johanna C. Case's…
By Charlie Beckerman

Ivanka & Jared Aren't Going To Save Us

Throughout the 2016 campaign, one of Donald Trump's most important surrogates was his daughter, Ivanka. She delivered a well-received speech at the Republican National Convention, balancing out the doom-and-gloom diatribe her father delivered on the…
By Charlie Beckerman

Giffords Hit Back At Town Hall-Avoiding Republican

In an attempt to explain why he was avoiding town hall meetings with his constituents, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert cited the 2011 shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, the former representative of Arizona who has become a leading gun control advocate, as…
By Charlie Beckerman

Pope Francis Takes A Veiled Swipe At Trump

Donald Trump has no shortage of critics, but there’s one apparent detractor who is harder to brush off than the rest. You might know him as “His Holiness" or "El Papa." And now, Pope Francis appears to have made another Trump jab. Pope Francis has…
By Charlie Beckerman

SCOTUS Could Have Saved Trans Students In 2015

Despite the fact that there had been rumors it was coming for weeks, Donald Trump’s withdrawal of federal protections for trans students in public schools who want to use the bathroom of their gender identity set the internet aflame on Wednesday.…
By Charlie Beckerman

Betsy DeVos Is Not An LGBTQ Activist

Despite an early executive order from Donald Trump vowing to protect LGBTQ rights for federal workers, reports surfaced Tuesday that the president plans to roll back Obama-era guidelines on transgender students’ bathroom use in schools. But…
By Charlie Beckerman

The Best Trolling Of Town Hall-Ditching Politician

Sure, the life of a congressional representative in 2017 sounds grand — The title! The Washington D.C. offices! Getting sworn in by Joe Biden! — but being a Republican in the age of Trump is no easy feat. As Congress broke for its February recess,…
By Charlie Beckerman

The Fading DAPL Protests At Standing Rock

Wednesday marked the deadline for Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to leave the site. According to reports, the majority of protesters have left the camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota after receiving an order to evacuate from the Army Corps of…
By Charlie Beckerman

The Silver Lining Of Trump's Memos

Donald Trump ran for president spewing fearmongering claims about immigrants and foreigners. Barely a month into his presidency, he appears to be turning that rhetoric into action. Following an executive order targeting visitors and refugees from…
By Charlie Beckerman

How To Hold Reps Ditching Town Halls Accountable

We are at a crucial moment in our democracy. As Donald Trump pushes forward on plans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act — a move which will likely affect every American, regardless of how they get their healthcare — Congressional representatives…
By Charlie Beckerman

Anti-Semitism Hit Close To Home For Me This Week

Most of the time, when people ask me where I’m from, I tell them San Francisco, where I lived from the age of eight to 18. The complete story is that I was born and lived for eight years in and around St. Louis, mostly in the suburb of Clayton,…
By Charlie Beckerman

Don't Take Your Eye Off Of Congress For One Second

I would never stoop so low as to compare Donald Trump’s fourth week in office to, say, a large refuse receptacle that has somehow caught on fire, but it’s been hard to look away from the non-stop flare-ups coming from 1600 Pennsylvania avenue all…
By Charlie Beckerman

Scott Pruitt Confirmed To Lead EPA

On Friday, Donald Trump's controversial nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, was confirmed by the Senate. Pruitt was confirmed after a vote to delay his confirmation until emails ordered released by a judge could be…
By Charlie Beckerman

What The Leaks Say About The White House Sentiment

I almost — almost, but not quite — feel bad for the Donald Trump administration: the steady flow of leaks coming out of the government has caused trouble for Trump nearly every day this week. Beginning with Michael Flynn resigning as National…
By Charlie Beckerman

TIME's Trump Cover Raises Serious Questions

Throughout the 2016 campaign, there were little touchstones that (ultimately incorrectly) made me believe that there was no way, there was no way that Donald Trump could win the election. Among these were the minimalist TIME magazine covers of…
By Charlie Beckerman