The Anti-Politics and Anti-Comedy of Norm Macdonald

When Norm Macdonald passed away last month at the age of sixty-one, most major outlets ran obituaries praising his long career in comedy. Many of us were reminded how funny Macdonald was and took to YouTube to dip into the deep reservoir of his material.
Notable figures of the online right did the very same thing, some of them claiming Norm Macdonald as one of their own. While they may have overstated their case, it can nonetheless be difficult to square appreciation for Macdonald’s comedy with his ambiguously conservative politics.

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Why William Shatner’s space voyage matters

OPINION:
In a world where we’re told to fear a virus that’s almost 100% survivable for healthy people under the retirement age and warning labels terrify us at every turn, we recently watched a spectacle of bravery and ingenuity of the sort that built this country: 90-year-old William Shatner launching into space aboard Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin.
This was no publicity stunt, as Mr. Shatner‘s instantly recognizable in every corner of the globe.

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Buttigieg’s paternity leave is a reminder that the US prioritizes work over family | Arwa Mahdawi

The Week in PatriarchyPete Buttigieg

Buttigieg’s paternity leave is a reminder that the US prioritizes work over family

Arwa Mahdawi

The transportation secretary is ‘at work’ like the heroic workaholic he is – but that undermines the whole point of parental leave

‘Forget bonding with your vulnerable newborns, there are urgent emails to be sent.’ Photograph: Sue Ogrocki/AP

‘Forget bonding with your vulnerable newborns, there are urgent emails to be sent.’ Photograph: Sue Ogrocki/AP

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The Story Behind “Let’s Go Brandon,” the Secretly Vulgar Chant Suddenly Beloved by Republicans

On Thursday, Rep. Bill Posey, a Republican from Florida, ended a speech on House floor with a curious exclamation: “Let’s go, Brandon!”
Let’s go who now?
Posey had been railing against President Biden’s Build Back Better bill: “They want you to help put America back where you found it and leave it the hell alone,” he said right before the Brandon cheer, which he accompanied with a desultory fist pump.
The expression coming from a sitting member of Congress caused a bit of a stir online.

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The Story Behind “Let’s Go Brandon,” the Secretly Vulgar Chant Suddenly Beloved by Republicans

On Thursday, Rep. Bill Posey, a Republican from Florida, ended a speech on House floor with a curious exclamation: “Let’s go, Brandon!”
Let’s go who now?
Posey had been railing against President Biden’s Build Back Better bill: “They want you to help put America back where you found it and leave it the hell alone,” he said right before the Brandon cheer, which he accompanied with a desultory fist pump.
The expression coming from a sitting member of Congress caused a bit of a stir online.

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Texas Republicans’ Attacks on Trans Kids and Abortion Are Part of the Same Sinister Strategy

In the coming days, Texas Governor Greg Abbott will sign a bill banning trans kids in his state from playing on a sports team that matches their gender identity. No matter that the state already has a restrictive policy; as it stands, if a trans girl in Texas wishes to play on the girl’s volleyball team or run track and field with her peers, she has to modify her birth certificate, a process that requires no small amount of time and money. The new bill, H.B. 25, removes even that option. Dressed up in language asserting the need to protect young girls, we should recognize what H.B.

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Steve Bannon Doesn’t Want to Testify. We Already Know What He Did.

Steve Bannon during an election rally in Richmond, Va., Wednesday on Oct. 13.Steve Helber/AP

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Steve Bannon Doesn’t Want to Testify. We Already Know What He Did.

Steve Bannon during an election rally in Richmond, Va., Wednesday on Oct. 13.Steve Helber/AP

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Steve Bannon Doesn’t Want to Testify. We Already Know What He Did.

Steve Bannon during an election rally in Richmond, Va., Wednesday on Oct. 13.Steve Helber/AP

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Steve Bannon Doesn’t Want to Testify. We Already Know What He Did.

Steve Bannon during an election rally in Richmond, Va., Wednesday on Oct. 13.Steve Helber/AP

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