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The sad state of campaign debates: 2014 edition

Ever since the election-changing Presidential Debates between Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy in the 1960 election, American voters have come to expect debates between candidates. More recently, however–and particularly this year–campaign debates have gone into a state of decline: It’s becoming harder and harder to get political opponents to appear together live to…

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Male rape: Not funny

We all know rape isn’t funny. Obviously, it’s a very serious subject. Obviously. It can cause serious, irreversible permanent physical and psychological damage. So why would anyone think rape is funny? Rape jokes, though–those are something completely different, right? Everybody knows they’re just jokes. Nobody ever means anything by them, and it’s only overly-sensitive people…

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Deadbeat Congress goes home

In the ultimate act of Congressional do-nothingness, Congress has abruptly cancelled the few remaining work days scheduled between now [Sept.18] and the Nov. 4 election, packed up and gone home. Of course, I use the term “work days” loosely, as many of our Congressional representatives define their jobs as not deliberating, not voting, not even…