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2020 electorate will be more diverse than ever

The growing number of Democrats running for president in 2020 are a diverse group of candidates. But they won’t be as diverse as the people voting for them. According to projections from the Pew Research Center, a higher number of those who will cast votes for president next year will be younger than their counterparts […]

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Hey, Howard Schultz: We don’t need another unqualified, inexperienced billionaire as president

When you’re white, male, and super-rich, you must think that the rest of the world owes you their attention. And too many in the media (many also white, male, and wealthy, if not super-rich) are treating the teases from former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz about running as an independent as the most important story in […]

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Six rules for the media on how to cover the 2020 election

With the entrance of multiple Democrats into the 2020 presidential contest, and with several others either waiting in the wings or still pondering, the nation’s political reporters have a chance to do a better job than they did in 2016. The question is: Will they? Other journalists are offering advice and warnings. Many acknowledge that […]

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Sexist double standard arrives early in 2020 race

Well, that didn’t take long, did it? It’s 22 months until the next presidential election, and already one potential Democratic female candidate is being trashed while one Republican male who’s not even a candidate is being treated like an elder statesman who might challenge Donald Trump. On the last day of 2018, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth […]

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Why media failed so badly in 2016 election, and why they’re still failing

The election was horrible, the coverage was worse, and the outcome was unbelievable. Yet here we are, soon after being served up an orange turkey on a Thanksgiving platter, and the traditional media still haven’t learned their lesson. We waded through nonstop screaming coverage of Hillary Clinton’s emails on every channel and every inch of […]

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Trump awakens a sleeping giant — on the left

The results of the election were discouraging, depressing, maddening, and downright scary for progressives across the country. Actually, not just for progressives. For women everywhere. For Muslims. For immigrants. For people of color. For LGBT folks. For anyone who falls outside Trumpland and the viewpoints of Steve Bannon, the CEO of Donald Trump’s campaign who […]

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Election 2016 aftermath: Where does America go from here?

The losing side in an election often asks itself such a soul-searching question the morning after experiencing a devastating loss. And make no mistake: The election of Donald J. Trump is a devastating loss for America. As of this writing, ballots were still being counted. And although Trump won the Electoral College, Hillary Clinton is […]

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The most over-covered news stories of the 2016 election

It’s almost Election Day, and it can’t come a moment too soon. For 20 months, we’ve been inundated with nonstop cable news coverage, a never-ending stream of Donald Trump rallies, endless stories about trivial matters, pontificating pundits, “breaking news” that isn’t, parsed polls, unskewed polls, nothing-burger scandals, and so much more. What a relief it […]

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Need a laugh? 2016 election memes to carry us through

As awful as this election as been (and boy, has it been awful), it also has brought us memorable phrases, memes, and tweets that cracked us up, made us bang our heads against our desks, and caused innumerable face-palms. We’ve seen countless jokes and images of Donald Trump’s hair, often with the words, “We shall […]

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Clinton peels off voters of Eastern European ancestry from Trump

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s bromance with Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be adding to the factors that could cost him the election, but in a way his campaign didn’t see coming. As if Trump hasn’t inflicted enough damage on his campaign, and as his campaign and poll numbers sink further and further, Democratic nominee Hillary […]

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