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Everything Old Is New Again

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Inauguration Nation

Again we wait. We wait for four years, for policies, for wars and peaces. A country celebrates things staying the same.

It’s not the same the second time, of course. It could never be. Nothing ever is. The magic is gone, replaced by reality of politics and economics and the existence of violence both interpersonal and international. Things are hard. The luster has been gone for a long time.

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January 22, 2013 at 7:04 am

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Your Favorite Politician’s Favorite Rapper

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio likes hip hop. Well, he likes pop music, he says, and hip hop is pop music now. Here’s what he said in an interview recently:

Hip Hop’s 30 years old now and it’s crossed over and sort of become indistinguishable from pop music in general. You know, many people say Nicki Minaj is a rapper, but she’s also a singer. Kanye’s another guy who’s also a rapper, but his songs aren’t pure rap anymore. There’s also all these collaborations going on, which confuses everything. You know you’ve got the guy from Miami, Pitbull, who’s on TV selling a car and then he’s advertising for Dr. Pepper.

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November 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

A Brief History Of Severe Weather In The 2012 Presidential Election

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August 27
The Republican National Committee effectively cancels the first day of its convention in Tampa, Fla., due to concerns about the impact of Hurricane Isaac and damage it may cause to delegates, attendees and infrastructure in the convention’s host city. The storm eventually heads to the west, coming ashore in southern Louisiana. At least nine are killed.

September 6
The Democratic National Committee changes the venue for the final night of its party convention in Charlotte, N.C., from the outdoor Bank of America Stadium to the indoor Time Warner Cable Arena out of a fear of thunderstorms. The arena was host to the first two nights of the convention, but organizers had planned to move events on the final night, including President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech, to a much larger outdoor venue to increase the drama and majesty of the optics. The indoor speech held a smaller crowd. Obama’s speech is largely panned.

October 29
A week before the presidential election a “frankenstorm” of a hurricane meeting a northern front and picks up strength makes landfall on the eastern seaboard, around New Jersey. Power goes out across much of Manhattan and vast stretches of the coast. Cities and towns around the region are flooded. The destruction and panic in New York City is compared to September 11, 2001. Both candidates cancel political events and President Obama returns to Washington to monitor emergency relief efforts. At least 16 people are killed.

October
Throughout three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate the words “climate change” are not uttered once.

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October 30, 2012 at 11:09 am

Nobody Knows Where Anything Is But They All Want To Check Your Credentials: Convening With Politicians, Pt. 2

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The boarding gate at the airport for this convention is different from the last one. Not everyone is as white, and for a moment I’m not as sure that everyone on the flight is going where I’m going for the reason I am. Maybe there are other reasons to be in Charlotte, though I can’t imagine what they would be, or maybe they’re just passing through. Some of them are professionally dressed, in open collar suits or dress shirts and skirts, but there are also jeans and polos and tanned middle aged men with sunglasses casually reading books in shorts. These aren’t the political operatives I’d come to see.

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September 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Convening With Politicians, Pt. I

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My flight is early. 6 am. Most people flying to Tampa for the convention are likely coming from Washington, so the flights are sold out and by the time I book I’m stuck with the early in the morning or out of Baltimore. It’s supposed to be a hurricane when we get there and on the shuttle from the economy parking lot I overhear others who mention traveling into the storm. I know them already. I think I see a newspaper columnist I admire but it’s too early; I assume he would get a better flight.

The early flight gives me confidence. It makes me feel that, even if the storm comes and cancels this whole thing at least I will have landed in time to be safely in town. As long as I’m not stuck watching from afar.

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September 3, 2012 at 11:58 am

Politics Isn’t Totally Dumb

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The month of July has not been especially kind to Mitt Romney. He has, over the last few weeks, had to deal with charges that he, in order: left his job at the private equity firm Bain Capital after the date he said he did (implying that he oversaw a period of outsourced jobs and bankrupted companies); is taking extraordinary measures to prevent multiple years of tax returns from becoming public (implying that he has hidden money in tax evading offshore bank accounts); a series of poorly chosen words in London, Jerusalem and Warsaw (implying the Brits were messing up the Olympics and that Palestinians are poor and disenfranchised because of their “culture”); and accusations that he may have never even paid taxes at all over the last decade, this time on the floor of the United States Senate no less. It’s been rough on the man. Democrats are hoping he’ll just self-destruct.

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August 10, 2012 at 8:22 am