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Politics

Does Electability Matter?

I recently came across a very interesting post on YouGov, a polling data site, that analyzed whether electability makes a difference in Republican voters’ candidate preferences. Political scientists usually agree that in a two party system, there’s a sophisticated pattern of strategic decision-making that happens when people vote, whether consciously or unconsciously. The prevailing idea […]

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You Complete Me Internet

You Complete Me Internet: Fighting the Winter Blahs Edition

On today’s journey into the deep recesses of the Internet, we’ll be looking for links that put a smile on the face, or otherwise make Monday afternoon go a bit faster. 

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Politics

Everything Old is Newt Again

Let’s talk about Newt Gingrich for a minute. Growing up in the 1980s and 90s, Gingrich was at the height of his career right around when I started to pay attention to politics and the world around me. He was everywhere you turned in the newspaper and on television. It seemed that he loomed practically […]

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Monday’s Republican Tea Party Debates on CNN: Did You Watch?

On Monday night we had yet another Republican presidential debate. CNN wanted their own debate, so they called it the “Tea Party Republican Debate” to drum up viewers who usually leave the TV set on Fox News.

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Civil Vandalism: A Manifesto

There are many ways in which I could be a better person. I could drop my laundry quarters into the coffee cups of the panhandlers outside my office. I could work to suppress my nervous reaction to sad or uncomfortable news, which is to giggle uncontrollably.