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The Daily Show and the Filter Bubble

December 9, 2016


Last week, Trevor Noah interviewed the conservative commentator Tomi Lahren on The Daily Show. Although I recommend watching the nearly half-hour unedited version, the one that aired is still remarkable to watch. Lahren, a firebrand conservative who has a show on TheBlaze network, remarked as she started the interview that she had entered “the lion’s den.” […]

The Insurgency and the Establishment: Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, and the Battle for the Soul of the White House.

December 2, 2016


Even though the long and bitter election campaign is over, the country remains more divided than ever before. Polling shows that ideological and political partisanship is high. This stark division is also reflected within the Republican Party. In many ways, Trump’s victory was a refutation of the power of the well-oiled (and well-funded) Republican political […]

The Candidates on Science

October 29, 2016


In the days remaining until the election, each weekend seems to bring some new revelation. Trump has suffered from a recent streak of unsavory tapes and comments, but this weekend the conversation has shifted again. Hillary’s email controversy has been resurrected from an unlikely source to come back to haunt her. It remains to be seen […]

Can Trump Win by Being Trump?

September 28, 2016


I was surprised by the tameness of Monday night’s debate. Compared to the heated Republican primary debates, Trump was fairly restrained (at least initially). It was clear that he was still on the short leash he has been on since the Republican Convention. Even though the first debate is the most important in setting the narrative […]

An Election of Upheavals, But One of Reform?

September 13, 2016


The election season of 2016 has brought massive upheavals to both political parties. For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton faced off against Bernie Sanders in an unexpectedly tough primary race. Sanders captured the spirit of many younger voters who felt disaffected by Clinton’s establishment status. Though he ultimately conceded, Sanders was able to push Clinton and […]