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The Public Slate

Lydia Bradbury

    Sydney: If Things Were Different (Editorial)

Sydney: If Things Were Different (Editorial)

The hostage situation in Sydney, Australia, concluded overnight, but it remains international news as details filter through and the events of yesterday are given a complete context. The initial fear was that this was a terrorist attack, fueled largely by the appearance of a black flag with Arabic writing in the window of the Lindt cafe, held up by terrified hostages pressed against the glass. It is only after the

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    Colbert Talks Bernie Sanders for President

Colbert Talks Bernie Sanders for President

With a limited number of shows before he goes off the air, conservative satirist and show host Stephen Colbert offered the coveted “Colbert Bump” to Bernie Sanders as they talked about whether the Independent senator was going to run for president. The longest serving independent in Congress and the only self-described socialist, Sanders demurred on whether he was really launching a campaign, but did confirm that he is thinking about

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    Ted Cruz’s Net Neutrality Playbook

Ted Cruz’s Net Neutrality Playbook

Net neutrality is one of those seemingly boring political issues that really should not be an issue at all. Support for net neutrality, or the concept that consumers should decide what content they view rather than being steered by their service providers, has universal support from the public, politicians, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and even the service providers themselves. Everyone supports an open internet where no content is prioritized

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    Jon Stewart Interviews Samantha Power About ISIS (Review)

Jon Stewart Interviews Samantha Power About ISIS (Review)

On Monday, Jon Stewart joked about the 3,000 troops Obama is sending to the Middle East to act as advisors to America’s allies on the ground. Last night he got the chance to ask Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power about all those advisors in a more serious context. Most of the show was taken up by the interview, but while that may have killed some of the jokes

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    Colbert Tips Breitbart as ‘Political Hatchet Men’ (Review)

Colbert Tips Breitbart as ‘Political Hatchet Men’ (Review)

Stephen Colbert rarely has anything good to say about what President Obama does and his new choice for attorney general is no different. On his show last night, the conservative satirist covered the recent news about ISIS, Obama bowing in China and capped it off with an interview, but the high point of the episode was the “compliment” he paid to conservative news site Breitbart. In the popular “Tip of

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    ‘The Daily Show’ Sputters Over ISIS (Review)

‘The Daily Show’ Sputters Over ISIS (Review)

Jon Stewart and The Daily Show spend a lot of time being incredulous over what happens in American politics. Much of what the show covers is definitely important, but sometimes the outrage and astonishment get in the way of the show’s stated goal: comedy. Last night on the show, Stewart covered a story about the air strikes on ISIS, including the news that its leader, Abu Bakhr al-Baghdadi, might have been killed

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    Colbert Talks GOP Mandate to Do Nothing (Review)

Colbert Talks GOP Mandate to Do Nothing (Review)

Stephen Colbert may have hated talking about the midterm elections that seemed like they would never end, but now that the election is over he has more fodder for his excellent satire on Republican politics. Now that the right wing has control over the American legislature, there are even more Republicans for him to make fun of and he is not letting that opportunity get away from him. What the

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    John Oliver Wraps Season With Look at State Lotteries

John Oliver Wraps Season With Look at State Lotteries

John Oliver may have made a name for himself on The Daily Show, but over the course of the year he has shown himself to be a top-notch host in his own right. Tackling some of the most pressing and most ignored cultural and political issues of the time, he has delivered searing indictments of misconduct and stupidity with humor and common sense. This week’s episode was the season finale of Last Week

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    South Park’s 12-Steps for Beating Mobile Game Addiction

South Park’s 12-Steps for Beating Mobile Game Addiction

In the age of mobile everything, mobile “freemium” games that offer games with in-app purchases are the big thing right now, making them the perfect target for South Park’s searing cultural critique. In the new “Freemium Isn’t Free” episode, the show’s creators presented their 12-steps for beating mobile game addiction with a little help from South Park’s Stan Marsh and Satan. Surprisingly, even Satan hates freemium games and he made it

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    Midterm Result: Rick Scott Wins Re-Election in Close Florida Race

Midterm Result: Rick Scott Wins Re-Election in Close Florida Race

Republican incumbent Rick Scott has won re-election in a close race for Florida governor. He beat Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, a former governor of Florida himself, by a one percent margin. One of the more interesting races of the 2014 season, it is probably most famous for “Fangate” in which Scott refused to debate Crist over the presence of a small fan on the stage. While the debate was only

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