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Alternative news hijacks the form of the mainstream news cycle for the purpose of satire. The most simplistic traits, and anchor behind a desk, over the shoulder graphics and politically- themed sets, mirror the actual news programs being mocked. These “exaggerated parodies of news reports” are to emphasize the lunacy of mainstream news practices.

For example, traditional news will often feature a reporter “on-location” at The White House, Capitol Building or another location with restrictive access. Alternative news, and famously The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, satirize the perceived sense of immediacy of an “on-location” reporter, as if standing outside The White House gates grants any higher degree of communication with the president. Furthermore, on The Daily Show the titles of the field correspondents are typically quantified with “Senior _____ Correspondent”, with the blank being filled with a story-specific adjective that changes episodically. By utilizing so many aspects of the mainstream news cycle in comedic, ironic ways, the alternative news program showcases the futility of some of their practices, indicating to the viewer that perhaps they should analyze the mainstream cycle with a more critical eye. …


Sizable demonstrations have erupted in Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay after the Wisconsin state Supreme Court delivered a shocking ruling in favor of the Republican state legislature effectively overturning the Badger state’s Presidential election results. By suing Wisconsin’s General Accountability Board, the Republicans were able to stop the certification of the election for long enough to get a case before the Wisconsin state Supreme Court. Once in front of the notoriously partisan court, the Republicans successfully argued for the dismissal of 129,000 ballots on the basis the voters had not confirmed their address prior to casting their ballot.

The Court was scheduled to hear the case on the ballots in question in August but left the case on the docket seemingly for this purpose. In their legally convoluted ruling, the court’s action has effectively wiped away the Democrats victory and given Wisconsin’s ten Electoral College votes to Trump. This brings the Electoral College to a score of 324–214 and provides Donald Trump a lifeline in his longshot effort to remain in office. Naturally, President Trump is crowing about what this means for the viability of his ongoing fight to remain in office. …


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Late last night, results from the three remaining undecided states were submitted. President-elect Biden took Wisconsin, Georgia and Florida by razor thin margins. With tabulation of the entire nation complete, Biden has won the Electoral College by a score of 334–204. The popular vote margin remained largely unaffected given the closeness of all three now-completed races. Ultimately, Biden and Harris carried 74.7 million votes to Trump’s 69.1 million in a race that saw the highest voter turnout in the country’s history. When President Trump tweeted at 3:00am that he would be addressing the nation at noon, America expected a concession.


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AP is reporting Joseph R. Biden Jr. will become the 46th President of the United States after his home state of Pennsylvania has made him the oldest ever President-elect. Kamala Harris will be the first female executive, shattering a glass ceiling that remained in place for far too long.

North Carolina went for Trump early this morning, which initially kept the dream alive for the incumbent.. But this afternoon, Pennsylvania brought the electoral tally to 279–204 in favor of the Democrats, putting the election mathematically out of reach for Trump. Wisconsin, Georgia and Florida are still undecided, and the tally will be completed on an unknown timeline. Biden stamped the election with approximately 5.3 …


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“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”Thomas Jefferson

After an excruciating campaign season, the 2020 Election gets underway today. The monumental election is likely to play out as a referendum on the controversies and capabilities of the 45th President. In the polarized nation, nearly half of the country has been counting the days until the end of Trump’s presidency; the other half hope it never ends. The country is politically, economically and emotionally strained as the polls open.

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The first polls have opened in the Eastern Standard Time zone. Preparedness for in-person voting varies slightly along the East Coast. In absence of an organized federal response to the pandemic, states in the Northeast have been cooperating on public health endeavors and have expanded no-excuse vote-by-mail to every registered voter across all nine states. New York’s Governor Cuomo published a guidebook of minimum safety thresholds for in-person voting during the pandemic; the guidebook was later cosigned by all the governors of the region. The in-person polls will also serve as a trial run for a new contact tracing system the Northeastern governors have jointly planned to implement. …


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After a long summer filled with social distancing, civil protests and acrimonious political attacks, we finally arrive at the moment of national choosing. Polls will open in the Election of 2020 in less than 48 hours as both sides appear confident in the outcome. Although final polling shows Biden maintaining a steady 5% national lead, the swing states that will determine the election remain difficult to forecast. 35 Senatorial elections will dictate the balance of power in the upper chamber and all 435 Representatives of the House will be chosen. …

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Tyler Baum

Dispatch270 lead writer. Bates College 2019. Zillenial “reporter”. Graduated into a pandemic with a side of civil unrest.

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