Like Seinfeld, Rachel Maddow’s Trump Tax Return Special Was A Show About Nothing

On Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow spent an hour talking about nothing.

MSNBC used the time slot leading up to her show hyping the idea Maddow had a “special report” revealing Donald Trump’s “tax returns” using that little graphic box in the bottom right hand corner of the screen with a countdown timer. You know the one.

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Despite Internet Backlash, Ellen’s Usain Bolt Tweet Wasn’t Racist

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The Rio Olympics came to an end on Sunday, capping an interesting Olympiad which included mysterious color-changing pools, fake robberies and, despite Donald Trump’s continued claim we don’t win anymore, utter medal count domination by the United States of America.

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The Donald is Coming to Town August 19 — Trump References Minnesota’s Somali Community During Maine Speech

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According to the local CBS affiliate, the circus known as the Donald Trump presidential campaign comes to our home state in less than two weeks. On August 19, Trump will hold a “major fundraiser” with tickets going for up to $100k a piece.

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Calm Down: Cheerios’ Prince Tweet Was Dumb But Not Offensive

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Last Thursday, after Prince’s untimely death, outrage from the Twittersphere forced Cheerios to remove a tribute tweet and issue an apology as the world moved a step closer to becoming a soulless vacuum of tepid hypersensitivity.

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The Trump Pattern: Controversial Comments Will Do Nothing to Hurt Poll Numbers

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On Monday, Donald Trump proposed blocking all Muslims from entering the U.S. for an indefinite period of time.

This proposal was almost universally criticized or condemned by every imaginable figure spanning the entire U.S. political spectrum from Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton to Paul Ryan to Dick Cheney. The White House said Trump’s statement “disqualifies” him from being President. Representatives from all over the world also weighed in to chastise the leading Republican Presidential candidate for what many view as dangerous and provocative rhetoric.

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Gopher Fans Ride the Rails of Time

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It was almost midnight September 2nd as thousands of Gopher football fans streamed to the Green Line rail platforms. Metro Transit lined up trains like cord wood. Not that the riders minded the short wait. An orange crescent moon presided over a glorious summer night and temps were still in the mid-seventies. Indeed, the sound of the train horns could easily lead the mind to wander and reminisce: Were we dreaming or did this scene happen before?

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Super Bowl Halftime Show 2016: It’s Time to Get Countrified

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It’s time to bring country music back to the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The stage has most recently filled by some of pop music’s biggest stars such Bruno Mars, Beyonce, and Katy Perry most recently. It’s also been filled by legends like Madonna and Bruce Springsteen. But it’s time to bring the twang back.

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The Commercialized Christmas Season and Christian Faith

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With Christmas around the corner, it is painstakingly obvious how commercialized our values have become. Certainly our nation is a country of many nationalities and religious backgrounds with a seemingly never-ending controversy over the labeling of holidays like Christmas or Easter, as it forcibly imposes one religion upon another.

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Erosion of Courage (Reflections on ‘The Interview’ Cancellation)

Staying Behind the Legal Picture Line at the DMZ

A view from behind the yellow line (for photography) in South Korea’s Demilitarized Zone across to North Korea

As I looked across the Demilitarized Zone (a layered valley of autumn-tinged fields and soldiered fences) my heart sank with a heavy realization: Korea had more than governments, economics, armies, allies and living conditions dividing it; the landscape glowered at me as the greatest separation. North Korea was (and is) treeless.

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Is this Really the End for Nye’s Polonaise Room?

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The announcement regarding the pending closing and demolition of Nye’s Polonaise Room didn’t surprise me. Its prime location in one of Minneapolis’ budding river-side districts is a coveted location for developers to build yet another cluster of expensive and unsightly condos (though it would take quite the addled architect to unseat the ugliest new building in the Twin Cities); and the current plan is to do just that.

The real surprise, for me at least, came in the form of a community that refused to let its cultured (yet over-priced) dive bar (and restaurant) go silently into the tacky, glassy abyss of young professional abodes; though this will be, in some form or another, the eventual result.

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