• What Does the Mueller Report Mean for Trump?
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    After almost two years of subpoenas, interviews, and fact-gathering, all amid both subtle and vocal attacks by Donald Trump and Fox News, the Mueller investigation has finally ended. In May of 2017, a week after Trump abruptly fired FBI director James Comey—thus ending his probe into potential collusion with the Russian government in the 2016 […]

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  • What A Bernie Sanders Nomination Will Mean for the Democrats
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    The years of intra-party unity that Donald Trump has brought about for the Democrats appears to be coming to an end. Alongside increasing support for Bernie Sanders’s (awesome, but farfetched) domestic agenda, there are Democrats who want more fiscal restraint. And despite scores of progressives embracing identity politics, some—most notably, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg—don’t […]

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  • A Brief Introduction to Weezer
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    Despite groans and snobbish pontification by the music criticism community, Weezer has finally released their fifth self-titled (and fourteenth overall) studio album: the Black Album. Weezer has endured a turbulent history, both with its fans, its former fans, and music listeners in general. Their debut album, Weezer (the Blue Album) received almost universal praise from […]

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  • The Politics of Condemnation
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    Now that voters can follow lawmakers on Twitter with the press of a button, members of Congress are expected to comment on everything that happens. Gone are the days when politicians could eschew discussing sensitive or difficult issues by dishing a mere “no comment” to probing reporters. Now, politicians are expected to take to Twitter […]

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  • Criminal Justice Reform Is Popular Now. That’s Cool!
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    “America is a Nation that believes in redemption,” declared Donald Trump at his State of the Union address last week when touting the passage of the First Step Act. It’s hard to believe that this statement was genuine—after all, the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy for illegal border crossings separated thousands of migrant families and locked countless […]

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  • Why the Democrats Do Not Need to Move to the Center
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    Ask any Democrat, and they will tell you that beating Trump at all costs—excluding enlisting the help of Michael Avenatti—should be the party’s priority. From November 9th, 2016 until today, pundits have been inundating op-ed sections with thinkpieces psychoanalyzing Midwestern Trump voters, thus popularizing the notion of “flyover country.” According to many pundits, the coastal, […]

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  • The Case for Climate Demaoguery
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    Pundits and political junkies (myself included) would have you believe that the voting behavior of ordinary citizens reflects their ideological predilections. Thus, 2016’s Republican sweep of the presidency, the House, and the Senate are evidence of a decisive turn to the right while 2018’s “Blue Wave” in the House demonstrates  burgeoning progressivism across the country. […]

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  • 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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