Category Archive: Politics

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Primarily, we’re all screwed.

There were a few primaries last night — some ho-hum affairs that, in their own way, may have sealed the fate of the planet. By that, I mean that Donald Trump is way closer to putting his itty-bitty index finger on the red button that says “nuke” than anybody ought to be comfortable with.

Let’s look at the contests briefly, and then we can talk about where we go from here.

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Who is Merrick Garland? 3 Things You Should Know About Obama’s Longshot Supreme Court Nominee

In the never-ending, poorly acted Kabuki theater that is national politics these days, we’ve seen senator after senator — Republican and Democrat alike — chew the scenery over a replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Democrats — President Obama included — make the point that the Constitution is pretty clear about what’s supposed to happen when a Supreme Court Justice dies.

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Sooper Dooper Tuesday: A Date That Will (Okay, Might) Live In Infamy

Donald J. Trump might just sew this thing up today. If you took “this thing” to refer to Donald J. Trump’s mouth, we wish right alongside you that it might get sewn up today. “This thing,” rather, refers to the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States of America.

In other, less orange-tinted news, Hillary Clinton could put the Democratic race away with big wins in Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio, although the stakes are not quite as high. Why is that? Starting today, many of the Republican contests are winner-take-all affairs.

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A Brief Wrap-Up Before Everyone Goes Back to Not Caring About Iowa

The Iowa caucuses were last Monday. Blueprint sent me down to Iowa to cover the event, to look for the story between the headlines.

Once every four years, the Hawkeye State gets to feel like the quiet kid in elementary school everyone forgot about until his parents got him a pair of sweet Ninja Turtle light-up shoes. Iowa is the first electoral event of the presidential election season.

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The Iowho, Iowhat, Iowhen, Iowhere, and Iowhy of the Iowa Caucuses

Today, we’re going to go off the beaten path a little bit and discuss the campaign trail. As I’m sure most of you know, we’re on the verge of the Iowa Caucus. What you might not know is how the Iowa Caucus actually works. To be honest with you, I didn’t have a terribly clear idea myself before I started researching for this post (I’m a little ashamed to admit that most of my knowledge came from a classmate’s description of an episode of “The Good Wife”).

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D-Fence or D-Bate?

Showing all the pride of a stepfather watching his entitled stepson’s spoken word performance at a coffee shop teeming with hipsters, the Democratic National Committee did its best to bury the second Democratic presidential debate under a mountain of college football. Saturday night’s debate drew 8.5 million viewers, which might seem respectable until you compare it to other debates. The first Democratic debate on CNN drew nearly twice as many viewers, 15.3 million or so.

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Undergraduate/Graduate School Breakdown of the 2016 Presidential Candidates

The 2012 presidential election pitted two Harvard Law grads against each other: Barack Obama ’91 and Mitt Romney ‘75. Perhaps deepening the Ivy League rivalry, it seems that the Democratic Party will opt this year for a Yale Law grad, Hillary Clinton.


Fallacy Watch – GOP Debate #4

The Blueprint team has followed this year’s presidential debates, Republican and Democratic alike, with great interest and, more importantly, with a singular goal: tracking the reasoning flaws lurking within the candidates’ arguments. In an age of sound bites and endless, empty commentary on the so-called horserace, we believe it’s important to expose the reasoning or lack thereof displayed by those who aspire to be the next leader of the free world.

However, since we can’t help but be passive viewers of the spectacle, it’s up to the moderators to shape the raw material we work with. For the second time in a row last night, the moderators fell down on the job. In the CNBC debate last month, which left the candidates and the Republican Party in general crying foul, the moderators asked snide, substance-free questions (“Mr. Trump, is this a comic book version of a presidential campaign?”), allowing the candidates to turn the tables on the questioners in supremely predictable acts of debate jiu jitsu.