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October 3: All Power to the People?

Little Village’s “First in the Nation” election coverage team filed dispatches from the first Presidential Debate. Detroit-based Katie McGowan went to Nandi’s Knowledge Cafe & Bookstore in the Highland Park neighborhood. THE results of the 2008 election unfold before me early in the morning on a friend’s television in Rijeka, Croatia. As it becomes clear […]

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GOP Convention Update: Profiling

Convention crowds gather around people of celebrity. For a person who watches little to no television and pays limited attention to the mainstream media, these characters are often unidentifiable save for the cameras swarming around them. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a notable exception. Some of the Convention’s ostensible celebrities, like actor Janine Turner […]

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GOP Convention Update: r3VOLution

Tea Party Patriots litter the crowd, causing the occasional minor stir. Small groups leave the convention hall in protest chanting, “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.” Despite best efforts, their shouting is inaudible and, essentially, impotent. Ron Paul brought the national debt to the awareness of young supporters AND he’s contributed to the dictionary. […]

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GOP Convention Update: AC/DC

“It began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America,” Ryan laments. He adds anecdotes about small town America, family life on the street where he grew up (and still lives), and about back when he had to dirty his soft hands just to make a buck. […]

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GOP Convention Update: Patriots and Pioneers

    “We will roll back Obamacare on day one!” [U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH)] In Marxist theory, the term “false consciousness” refers to the ways in which the proletariat is led to identify with the ruling class and to invest (too) deeply in the notion of class mobility. […]

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