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Friday News Bites: #IStandWithAhmed, GOP Debate + More:

Greetings and Happy Friday, everyone. We’ve got a little bit about the 2016 U.S. elections, a talented student, plus the usual bits of entertainment news. Let’s get started:

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Humor

Bipartisan Nostalgia

In this hyper-partisan era, many writers wax nostalgic for a time politics were more civil, when Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan could work together despite their differences, when people disagreed politely.  That’s the great thing about nostalgia — you only have to remember the good parts (like how I love 1930s clothes and music but wouldn’t want […]

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Humor

The Sky Is Falling! No, Really! No, I Mean It This Time!

Over-reaction is becoming so common on the political scene these days, things have to go pretty far before they qualify as genuinely surprising over-reaction. But the furor over last week’s primary defeat of Eric Cantor definitely qualifies.

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Humor

How to Appeal to Women 101

No, this isn’t dating advice. (Although if the title piqued your interest, at least maybe you’ll read the article; much along the same lines as my advice to a friend writing a dissertation she hoped she’d eventually publish as a book, to whom I suggested the title “Heroic Themes In 18th Century French Literature, or […]

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Politics

“But They’re Cousins, Identical Cousins . . . ”

It’s always astounding when two closely related things turn out to be complete opposites.  Like siblings who have totally different body types, books with matching bindings but one is Jane Austen and the other is Judith Krantz, or the time my father took his first bite into an avocado slice, not knowing what it was […]

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Humor

Partisanship Run Amok

I’ve always prided myself on both keeping an open mind and having strong opinions — sure, it’s a tough balance, but as a former high school debater, I still remember the skills we developed having to argue on both sides of any issue. And while I believe I’m in the right about most things, I have […]

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Humor

GOP Men And Our “Lady Parts”

I thought the GOP hit bottom with women voters in 2012, thanks to “legitimate rape,” “binders full of women,” etc., and I was looking forward to the “new and improved” party after its public autopsy and rebranding.

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News

News Appetizers: Tons of Pun

Welcome to the news! There’s a few choice puns in there, so read carefully!

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News

News Appetizers are Mellow

Actually, today’s news is pretty darn positive. Weed is legal in one state, gay marraige is a thing in Washington, DeMint is out, and Apple will be bringing a handful of manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. – this week didn’t suck in terms of news! Read on to learn more and find out if cats […]

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Politics

Much Drama About Obama: Far-Right Conservatives React to the Election

[TW for racism and hate speech.] I like to read the comments sections of conservative blogs to find out how people with very different viewpoints from my own are thinking and feeling. And after a day like last November 6, people are doing a lot of thinking and feeling.

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Op Ed

Takedown: Press 1 for English

This week’s crapdate is a sleeper hit. I have seen the sentiment floating around for, well, probably for as long as there have been Internet memes. It’s the ol’ “I hate pressing buttons” problem.

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News in Haiku Love You

There’s always a little schadenfreude in the news haikus.

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News Appetizers in Haiku for You

War crimes convicted Is Google monopoly? Smuggler bribe screeners

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News Appetizers are Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

It’s Friday, y’all! Time to pay attention to the world one last time before you go into the cave that is catching up on your DVR, watching Netflix, reading a book, and maybe, if you’re lucky enough to live someplace sunny, go outside and have some fun. Today’s news starts with a downer but ends […]

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Politics

Holy Matrimony: Catholic Institutions and The Fight For Birth Control Coverage

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, backed by the Obama Administration, announced that all health insurance providers were required to include prescription birth control in their preventive health coverage. Kathleen Sebelius, who was still suffering major criticism for her December Plan B decision, decreed that all health insurance providers must […]