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Women Candidates Dominate the Democratic Primaries with 22 Nominations

First the primaries, then the world

If there is a silver lining to the Trump presidency, it's that the election of the Misogynist-in-Chief has inspired record numbers of women to run for office. The number of female candidates has more than doubled since 2016, and yesterday's primary races in Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina and West Virginia showed results.

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The Election Day Pic Meme Is Our Collective Coping Mechanism (Seriously, Vote)

Hey! Did you know there are elections today in the United States? There are! No, they haven't yet all been canceled and replaced with a reality show where a man who was born into wealth pretends to be good at identifying the necessary qualities for success. Yes, it has indeed been (about) a year since we all already did a meme about how we'd changed overnight, and now it's time to look at how we've changed in a year.

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This Predictive AI Guessed the Oscar Winners and Will Guess the U.S. President Next

A Silicon Valley startup called Unanimous A.I. has built a methodology for gathering poll results based on public opinion, using predictive artificial intelligence to guess the decisions that people will make.

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John Oliver Takes Down “Dickhead” Stephen Harper on the Eve of the Canadian Election

“I guess what you’re saying, then, Canada, is do you want to dance?”

Canada can be a great place to live, but my home country comes with an Islamophobic, racist caveat--incumbent Prime Minister/Lizard Person Stephen Harper, who has already been in office for nearly a decade.

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5-Year-Old Mayor of Dorset, Minnesota Loses Election to 16-Year-Old Tourist

That's why you don't have elections that are also raffles, you guys.

Before you complain about the Electoral College, remember that there are much worse systems out there. Take Dorset, Minnesota for example. They elect their mayor through a raffle. For $1, citizens can write a name on piece of paper, and the new mayor is essentially pulled out of a hat. This year, the incumbent 5-year-old lost to a 16-year-old tourist.

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History Is Made: There Was a Line for the Women’s Bathroom… in the U.S. Senate


For the first time, there was a traffic jam in the Senate women’s bathroom. There were five of us in there, and there are only two stalls. - Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) Ah, the unforeseen consequences of the 2012 U.S. election cycle, as reported by Amy Klobuchar, senator since 2007. After all the ballots were counted and votes tallied, American voters were shown to have ushered in a record for female representation in the Senate: 20%. Maybe they'll consider opening up another lavatory? Previously in the 2012 Elections

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Election Recap: U.S. Senate Will Reconvene With Record Setting Percentage of Women

And Now For Something Completely Different

Right, right, victories for women and minorities in the polls last night, but we all know that the victories of the internet come first. Ladies and gentlemen, you are looking at the majority content of the world's newest most tweeted and most Facebook-Liked post in history. This picture, with the text "Four more years." was tweeted by and posted on the Facebook wall of President Barack Obama last night. Within the first hour of the tweet's existence it generated almost 370k retweets, sitting at 661,267 retweets as of this post, while the Facebook post has a whopping 3,270,011 likes. You did it, America. You made internet history. All joking aside, let's talk about how there are going to be more female senators than ever before in history starting next term.

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Superheroes Endorse Political Candidates in Cute Crayon Drawings [No Really]

And Now For Something Completely Different

No, it's not from Amanda. Writer J. Caleb Mozzocco draws cartoons of himself asking superheroes about their political endorsements. Some of them, like Wonder Woman, didn't really feel the need to give indepth answers, but I particularly like the level to which Batman appears to have considered his decision. Join us behind the jump for more, and don't worry: we've provided annotations for non-comics readers. You can read all of Mozzocco's cartoons here, and find out what the dogs of the superhero universe think about the election.

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You Can’t Predict Everything — Not Even Presidential Elections

We can offer predictions for a lot of things, as the pundits on your TV are no doubt reminding you as the presidential election winds down. What the talking heads will never cop to, though, is the fact that there is not such thing as a perfect prediction. Minute Physics is back to explain why, even given all of the possible data to determine outcomes and a computer that could actually process that flood of information, there is always bound to be some uncertainty in any prediction. That means while you can make very, very good guesses sometimes, you can never actually tell anyone what the future is going to be. So if you haven't already, stop listening to the folks who are telling you how the election is going to wind up. Oh, yeah, and U.S. readers? Please vote. It's the one thing that representative democracy asks of us every couple of years. The least we can do is acknowledge it.

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Mitt Romney Gains Coveted Joss Whedon Endorsement, Probably Doesn’t Want It


This morning, as one third of the editorial staff of The Mary Sue have been evacuated from their homes (but not to New Jersey, thank goodness), comes this news. Great. Check it out below.

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Race For President of House Turns Ugly (Also Stinky)

Things to Do With Your Kids

It's important to remember that even in a presidential election year, there are still many smaller races that can have just as much of an effect on your daily life as the big ones. Redditor Aspirin 742 shared one in particular that he's become engaged in, and offered this quote: "I do not, nor have I ever eaten pop. I'll let the voters decide for themselves whether or not I'm ugly." Previously in Parenting

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You Mess With Big Bird, You Mess With La Forge

Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

I am personally outraged that any serious contender for the White House would target as part of his campaign the children of America in this fashion. Educators across the country, as well as millions of children and adults know that the programming on PBS has been responsible for significant improvements in education, literacy, math, science and life skills for generations of our children. PBS represents .00016% of our nation's budget, yet this free resource benefits kids across all economic circumstances. Defunding PBS directly punishes the less fortunate by removing this trusted and extraordinary educational resource available to all... But you don't have to take my word for it... Make your own decision about how you feel about Romney's campaign against PBS, and act.LeVar Burton. To our nerdy selves, LeVar Burton is first and foremost Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge of the USS Enterprise. But to our inner children, he's first and foremost LeVar Burton, host of Reading Rainbow, the third longest running kids series on PBS, behind Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (and still alive and well today in best selling app form). And with the use of his Reading Rainbow catch phrase, you know he's still got it. Previously in PBS

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Big Bird Reacts To Last Night’s Presidential Debate (Really)

And All Was Right With the World

Did you watch the Presidential debates last night? If so, you heard candidate Mitt Romney talk about cutting the government's funding of PBS (all 0.01% of it). As if that wasn't awkward enough, considering the debate was being moderated by long-time PBS journalist Jim Lehrer, Romney also name checked Big Bird. And it was the "OH SNAP!" heard around the world. Twitter saw a huge rise in "Big Bird" tweets seconds later and continuing on through the night with mostly everyone coming to the yellow fowl's defense. But today, something even more amazing happened. Big Bird responded, in his own Big Bird way, from the Sesame Street twitter account. Sesame Workshop, the group behind Sesame Street, also had something to say...

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Ms. Magazine Celebrates 40 Years of Feminism With a Wonder Woman Cover

Great Hera!

Forty years ago Ms. Magazine busted (har) out of its insert in New York Magazine and became its own stand alone title. Its 1972 cover reflects the issues of the time: war, peace, the absurd scandalousness of women who don't shave, and the idea that society undervalues the work of stay-at-home parents. Wait a second... For their 40th anniversary, coincidentally an election year that has seen number of truly alarming missteps by candidates on things as elementary as basic female biology, Ms. perhaps felt that we all needed a bit more superheroism in our lives. Check out their anniversary cover below:

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Watch The Latest Episode Of The West Wing (Basically)

Great Moments in Advertising

You know, the wait between seasons of our favorite shows are just getting longer and longer these days. I think we need to start a petition or maybe put the decision to some kind of vote. Wait, this isn't the premiere of Season 8 of The West Wing but a clever political ad with a huge Hollywood assist? Still awesome. Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Bradley Whitford, Martin Sheen, Richard Schiff, Melissa Fitzgerald, Joshua Malina, and Lily Tomlin help Mary McCormack's sister, Bridget Mary McCormack (interesting names, McCormacks), in her political aspirations. Earlier in the year, some of the cast reunited for a Funny or Die video, but this is even better. I won't ruin anything by listing my favorite parts, just please, let me present to you the best four minutes you'll spend doing anything today. (via Mashable)

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Washington State Is The First To Offer Voter Registration On Facebook


Facebook can be annoying sometimes. Ok...a lot of the time. While some people avoid the social networking site like the plague, others get a lot of use out of it. Pretty soon it will serve a very important function - allowing users to register to vote. At least if you live in Washington State. Read on for details.

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All 95 Congressional Candidates Who Pledged to Support Net Neutrality Lost in the Midterm Elections

Before Tuesday's midterm elections, 95 House and Senate candidates took a pledge called the Net Neutrality Protector's Pledge [website], which consisted of a promise to stand "against any attempt by big corporations to control the Internet and eliminate the Internet's level playing field ... to protect Net Neutrality for the entire Internet - wired and wireless -- and make sure big corporations aren’t allowed to take control of free speech online." All 95 of those candidates lost on Tuesday. All 95. To say the least, this is not very encouraging news for net neutrality.

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