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This is probably how it’s gonna be for a while.

You probably heard about the Mr. Potato Head saga this week. Hasbro dropped the “Mr.” from the brand name in a move to be more gender-inclusive. This might mean something to you; it probably doesn’t. It is such a minor move that only the name on the box will change, not the characters themselves. I will never get back the three minutes it took me to find that information.

Why did you hear about it? It’s become the latest small-scale battlefield in a large-scale culture war that has overtaken American politics. No one will ever win this battle. But we…


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Marjorie Taylor Greene’s craziness is dangerously close to becoming the norm in the GOP.

After Joe Biden’s early flurry of executive actions, Republican leaders complained. That is to be expected; they are the opposition party, after all. But the way they complained, especially in the aftermath of all that has happened recently, signals that Republicans have no desire (or incentive) to become a healthy participant in democracy.

Most of the early complaints revolved around Biden’s supposed violation of “national unity” in pursuit of his “radical” agenda. There is all sorts of irony and blatant hypocrisy here, of course. …


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The attempted coup at the Capitol should make us realize some difficult truths.

In an attempt to overturn a free and fair election, supporters of Donald Trump invaded the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday. They walked through unimpeded, waving confederate flags and breaking windows. A woman was shot and killed. Trump put out a half-assed call for peace, then later expressed outright support for the domestic terrorists.

The country watched on live TV as the complicity of the police in the country’s ills was laid bare. …


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Trump’s voter fraud lies are only the most recent example of the alternate reality he’s creating.

Donald Trump and his supporters are in the process of contesting a decided election. Trump lost to Joe Biden, and will be removed from office on January 20. But the fact that he lost does not apparently apply to these people. Trump will cry voter fraud until the day he dies, and some 40 percent of the country will stand behind him. It is a sad state of affairs.

We knew it would go down like this. Trump has been preparing for months and years for this moment, and millions of people have been bamboozled enough to believe every word…


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What else did you expect?

Everything about this election was predictable. Bernie Sanders called it exactly. Donald Trump would appear ahead early on, with the first ballots counted being the ones from election day. And then, over time, the mail-in votes would flow in crucial states, and eventually states would flip to Joe Biden.

We knew that many mail-in votes would go to Biden. One of the biggest reasons for that trend is Trump’s established hatred for mail-in balloting. He advocated against his supporters using them. Not unrelated, most mail-in votes went to Biden and now Trump will most likely lose the election.

Thursday evening…


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A lot is riding on this election. Instability is almost guaranteed to follow.

You’ve probably heard a lot in recent weeks about how important this election is. It is contentious, polarizing, omnipresent and chaotic. The stakes are high.

For one: Donald Trump represents the most significant threat to the function of our democracy since perhaps the Civil War. His rhetoric indicating that he may not accept the election result is completely unprecedented. There are scary methods, including the courts, that he may use to retain power at all costs. He will have guaranteed support from an unflappable base and spineless Republicans.

The unrest that could be generated on and after election day is…


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You should actually ban fracking, though.

The most notable moments of the Vice Presidential debate came when Kamala Harris and Mike Pence sparred over fracking and packing the court. Harris denied that Joe Biden would ban fracking, and danced around the question of whether a Biden administration would try to add more judges to the Supreme Court. Pence pushed the issues hard, when he wasn’t telling you he was going to cut your taxes.

During the debate, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “Fracking is bad, actually.” Both candidates, the only two with a chance to take the White House, spent the debate evading each other, trying to appeal…


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If you’re tired of hearing about why Trump’s bad, here’s a synopsis of why Biden’s good.

I’ve written a lot of stories criticizing Donald Trump. While he clearly deserves the criticism, I thought it would be beneficial to look at some of the specific positives of Joe Biden’s campaign, and what exactly he offers.

Many people are prepared to “settle for Biden” — a slogan indicating that the necessity of beating Trump outweighs Biden’s lack of progressive bonafides. I’d count myself among those people.

I will, however, give a few examples in this article of promising policies that Biden offers:

He will aim for legitimate campaign finance reform

Biden is generally a moderate candidate, but he…


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Trump was on his worst behavior Tuesday night. We really have to say that about a president!

The first Trump-Biden debate probably won’t make a huge impact. Nothing matters anymore. It was a complete train wreck and everyone watching came away immensely frustrated.

One thing that shouldn’t be hard to remember: Donald Trump is the cause of this absolute calamity. If Joe Biden were on stage with some vanilla Republican who is only a covert racist, not an overt one, we wouldn’t be bemoaning the dire state of our country right now. Media coverage has focused on the “name-calling” and “turbulence” of the debate. Technically, they’re not inaccurate. …


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Democrats have to push harder than Republicans to shape the Supreme Court, even if it means drastic action.

When Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last week, anyone who remotely follows politics could have predicted that Mitch McConnell and Republican leadership would break every promise they made four years ago. In 2016, they blockaded President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, proclaiming that the next president should get to choose. Now, with a major court opening and less than two months until election day, McConnell and his squad of old white dudes have no issue rushing in a new conservative nominee.

The whole situation is objectively hypocritical. It’s worse, actually — McConnell was willing to let the court cook…

Harrison Hamm

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