Politics

Watch: Vampire Weekend, David Longstreth and Bernie Sanders Perform Together in Iowa

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As everyone braced themselves for the Iowa caucuses (voting begins tonight at 7 p.m.), candidates this weekend were making their final attempts at persuasion. Bernie Sanders’ last rally before the caucuses happened in Iowa City, where he brought out a series of big-name acts to support him, including a beloved band that recently made the news when one of its founded members quit: Vampire Weekend.
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The Enemy of My Enemy: Megyn Kelly Standing Up to Donald Trump Is No Act of Heroism

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The aphorism “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” is as old as time itself — or nearly, anyway. According to our good friend Wikipedia, its first recorded use was in a Sanskrit tome on statecraft from the 4th century BC, which means we’ve at least 2,500 years of political cynicism preceding the election campaign in which we’re currently embroiled. As far as political expediency goes, though, that particular nugget of wisdom is one that’s best regarded with suspicion — as the ongoing pitched battle between the camps of Donald Trump and Fox News demonstrates nicely.
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Beyond Hillary-bots and Bernie-bros: Why Democrats Need to Get Past Stereotypes and Ad Hominem Attacks

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A hard-fought election is always bound to bring animosity to the fore; it’s a very human and particularly American tendency to identify personally with a chosen candidate, so strongly that you might start to feel that you are the candidate. Thus, in 2016 we have a situation where a sociopathic demagogue candidate can boast of his ability to shoot people without losing his followers’ loyalty. And on the opposing side, the vitriol between two candidates’ followers has reached a decibel level that is so high, even Bernie Sanders’ team has asked his supporters to tone it down.
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You Can Agree with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Still Vote for Bernie Sanders

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Last week, Ta-Nehisi Coates reminded us that a rejection of reparations for slavery and other crimes against black Americans is tantamount to intellectual unseriousness and a deficient version of political radicalism. That his piece on the subject singled out Democratic political candidate Bernie Sanders, who had recently told the Iowa Brown and Black Forum that he doesn’t support reparations, nearly burst the left consensusphere on Twitter and elsewhere.
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Where Is the Rage? Late Night’s New Outrage Deficit

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Election season relies on a news cycle that rises and falls in the course of a day or two. It’s now commonly believed to be 24-7, with reporting covering such crucial topics as “Who has made what gaffe?”, “Whose surrogate said what on CNN?”, “What does the latest round of polling suggest?”, and “What crazy occurrence went down at which Iowa rally?”
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The Media’s Election 2016 Gender-Role Sideshow Has Begun. Let’s Ignore It.

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This weekend Maureen Dowd wrote a typically spirited column about Sarah Palin that ended up being a sly sideways dig at Hillary Clinton. “Sarah Palin Saves Feminism” is a title that’s sure to provoke, and the column did: Sarah Palin is such a mess, Dowd’s thesis went, that she negates all the hype around Clinton’s chance for a historic victory, a first female president.
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