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Mac students help make Carter mayor
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Mac students help make Carter mayor

With the support of a number of Macalester students, staff and faculty, 38-year-old Melvin Carter III was elected the first African American mayor in the history of St. Paul on Tuesday night. Carter won what was expected to be a close race by a resounding margin. Nearly 51 percent of St. Paul voters ranked Carter…

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The Democratic party lost its soul, then lost America

The modern Democratic Party died as it lived, oblivious to the signs of trouble around it. The majority of Democrats supported Hillary Clinton’s nomination, the embodiment of the establishment, despite ominous signs of her unpopularity and a rising populist tide. A bevy of self-assured strategists and operatives dismissed tightening poll numbers. David Plouffe, the brilliant…

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Election blurbs

Two weeks ago Tuesday, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. The following day was a fairly extraordinary one for this school. Trump’s victory was for many, though certainly not everyone, a devastating, heartbreaking event. Below are several personal stories from Mac Weekly staff members in the aftermath of the election. Abe Asher…

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How liberals led Trump to victory

Nineteen months ago, in April 2015, I drove up to New England College, a local university back in my home state of New Hampshire, to attend one of Donald Trump’s first rallies. I went for two reasons: half to cover the event as a reporter for the local newspaper, half to see the spectacle of…

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The 2016 election: I caught the cold

On November 9th, 2016, America woke up to the aftermath of one of the most historic and unbelieveable elections in its political history. Donald J. Trump, assuming he did sleep for at least a few hours, woke up with a sense of relief and pride. And I, an international student majoring in Political Science and…

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Elephant in the room: No one’s fault but her own

“It was in Spain that my generation learned that one can be right and yet be beaten, that force can vanquish spirit, that there are times when courage is not its own recompense. It is this, doubtless, which explains why so many, the world over, feel the Spanish drama as a personal tragedy.” -Albert Camus…

Madeleine Albright talks national security at roundtable event
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Madeleine Albright talks national security at roundtable event

The John B. Davis (JBD) Lecture Hall hosted a roundtable discussion on national security with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Tuesday, October 18. Joining the Secretary were Eric Schwartz, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, and Representative Betty McCollum. Prior to the event, a line of students, alumni and community members…

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A necessary improvement to our democracy

I recently read a Mac Weekly opinion piece by Connor Valenti, entitled “Simply voting third party won’t change our democracy.” In it, Connor highlighted flaws in the United States’ electoral system that destroy the viability of third parties in elections, thwarting democracy by preventing a significant number of voices from being represented. In his closing…

Mac students show lackluster turnout in previous elections
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Mac students show lackluster turnout in previous elections

Macalester is proud of its identity as a politically active campus. Mac students are vocal about their ideas in class, Café Mac and online. But when it comes to voting, Mac falls drastically short of its civic duties. The NSLVE Campus Report showed that in the 2012 National Election, only 45.5 percent of eligible students…

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