• On “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
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    With December comes an onslaught of Christmas music. To the exception of intentionally political Christmas songs—like Billy Joel’s “Christmas in Fallujah” or John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over)”—holiday music tends to be uncontroversial. Because most Christmas songs explore agreeable topics (wintery weather, romance, and Santa, to name a few), they have largely avoided conflict. […]

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  • The Curious Case of Richard Nixon
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    Upon accepting the Republican nomination for president at the RNC in 1968, Richard Nixon dedicated his victory to the “non-shouters” and “non-demonstrators” of America. Nixon called these voters his Silent Majority. Weary of the Civil Rights Movement and anti-Vietnam War protesters, the Silent Majority sought solace in Richard Nixon, who made it clear that he […]

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  • Michael Avenatti’s Foray into Politics
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    Celebrity attorney and bona fide TV personality Michael Avenatti was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault last week. The career and political future of the man who entered the limelight—and has refused to leave it—by representing Stormy Daniels now hangs in the balance. Though a benign narcissist at first, Avenatti fell out of favor with […]

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  • The Ballad of Jeff Sessions
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    It’s quite ironic that one of the first members of Congress to endorse Trump—former Attorney General Jeff Sessions—became one of his bitter foes. And it’s even more surprising that Democrats became some of the most outspoken defenders of the chief architect of family separation policy. Donald Trump’s demagoguery has surely created some strange bedfellows. From […]

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  • The Elusive Weezer
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    Anxious Weezer fans can finally rest assured: the Black Album is coming. With last week’s release of “Can’t Knock the Hustle”, a funky, Beck-inspired single, Weezer announced that its much anticipated Black Album will be released in 2019. Disillusioned by the band’s obvious attempts for pop stardom—think “Beverly Hills” and “Happy Hour”—Weezer purists who long […]

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  • “Night of the Long Knives”
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    Self-proclaimed “weird band from Phoenix”, AJJ (known formerly as Andrew Jackson Jihad until, shrewdly, the band decided to change its name) has released a Bandcamp-only single, “Night of the Long Knives”. For listeners (myself included) who are not well-versed on German history, AJJ generously summarizes exactly what the Night of the Long Knives is in […]

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  • Why Are Republicans So Hellbent on Preserving Kavanaugh?
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    Brett Kavanaugh is not fit for the Supreme Court. The mounting evidence that he likely did sexually assault three women on three different occasions should have been enough to disqualify him. But the 45-minute long, Trumpian tantrum he threw during his testimony on Thursday adds another important layer to Kavanaugh: he is an unabashed partisan […]

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  • Keep Kavanaugh off of the Bench
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    If you asked me one week ago if I believed that the Kavanaugh accusations were relevant, I would have responded with a firm no. It has been more than a year and a half since Trump first assumed office, and I, along with a sizable plurality of the country, have spent much of that time […]

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  • What Cynthia Nixon’s Loss Means for the Blue Wave
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    “This is not the end. This is the beginning,” Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez promised in her victory speech in June. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, after defeating Cynthia Nixon on Thursday, disagreed. The progressive wave that Ocasio-Cortez predicted was “not even a ripple”, according to Cuomo. Cuomo isn’t entirely wrong. Nixon lost by nearly 30 […]

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  • My Descent into the Abyss of Confusion
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    In the span of a few months, I transformed from an apathetic eighth grader into an impassioned leftist willing to spar with anyone. And in freshman year, as the 2016 election heated up, so did my fervor for politics and my willingness to debate. As I learned more about politics, read more political journalism, and […]

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