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Vote like your whole planet depended on it

Even a cursory examination of recent news regarding the environment reveals that our planet is in dire straits. This year, Earth experienced the hottest August documented in history, its sixteenth consecutive record-warm month. The past few decades have seen an increase in extreme weather events, including heat waves, coastal flooding and droughts, which scientists believe…

First presidential debate screening draws excited crowd
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First presidential debate screening draws excited crowd

John B. Davis Lecture Hall (JBD) was packed full on Monday September 28, where MacDems hosted a screening for the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump with a discussion afterwards led by Macalester political science professors Michael Zis and Patrick Schmidt. The crowd was full of people excited for the debate. “All…

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Confronting the deplorable: A look at media sensationalism

A political firestorm was ignited last Friday night. At an LGBT fundraiser in New York City, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton remarked that “half of Trump’s supporters” could be put “into what I call the basket of deplorables.” These people, she asserted, are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, and Islamophobic” and she excoriated Donald Trump, the…

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Simply voting third party won’t change our democracy

We have one candidate running for president in this election with a surprising lack of foreign policy expertise and another who could be arrested. No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Last week, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received a question during a television interview about the situation in the city of Aleppo,…

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Democalypse 2016: You can’t always get what you want

With November 8 fast approaching and the 2016 election kicking into high gear, you can sense the excitement not only on campus but across the country. Two candidates have been selected in a fiercely fought primary season and voters have never been posed with such visionary options. Democratic nominee Bernie Sanders of Vermont promises a…

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Elephant in the room: In defense of the third party candidate

There are only two good flavors of Goldfish: Original and Flavor Blasted. Yet when I entered a gas station this summer in search of a nice, fish-shaped cheddar cracker, I found neither of the acceptable varieties of my favorite snack were available. Instead, the shelves were lined with flavors that, frankly, were disgusting. “Xplosive Pizza”…

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Democalypse 2016: The Ides of March and the coming conventions

March 15, the Ides of March, was a turning point in world history, marking the transition from the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire following the assassination of Julius Caesar. In 2016, a different transition will occur in the United States as this seemingly never-ending election cycle nears its conclusion. Five states will hold their…

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Democalypse 2016: Final Thoughts

Political bias is alive and well and is one of the many reasons that drove me to write in The Mac Weekly from a conservative viewpoint. A few weeks ago at the second democratic debate I heard two comments that were absolutely astounding. One was a misleading comment that received low levels of scrutiny and…

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