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The Palace Mouse and the Country Mouse

The Trump administration is in chaos. The Trump administration is doing a fairly good job. Can both of these statements be true, depending on where you sit? Right-leaning people, pick your narrative: 1) The Trump administration is in chaos. The press office/spokespeople merry-go-round, the failed attempts at passing health care…

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Politics By Mosquito Bite

How do you have serious discussions about important issues, when all you can see are snarky comebacks, comical memes, and one-line zingers? So much of my feed is ‘politics by mosquito bite’ now; zingers that sting for a moment, then fade, and then occur again somewhere else, accomplishing nothing but…

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The (Latest) Push to End Gerrymandering

Democrats have finally noticed how many seats the Republicans have won in the past few elections, and are laying the blame squarely on gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is back in the news again. Just like the weather, it’s one of those topics everyone mentions, but nobody does anything about. After the changes…

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Real News, Fake Message

Images and memes are often created to leave a particular impression, whether true or false. It’s important to ask who might be trying to manipulate us. I’m fascinated by how information spreads online, which is how I have ended up spending so much time arguing about, and writing about, how…

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No More Mr. Nice Guy

People across the political spectrum are losing their patience with politeness in trying to direct outcomes they desire, without considering the consequences.  I’ve been thinking about rudeness, civility, and political causes. There are some thoughts making their way (back) to the forefront in public life that I’m not so sure we…