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If you love a veteran, get a vaccine.

It’s Veterans Day, and I am thinking about all the Americans who have served their country, risking or giving their lives to serve the interests of our nation. I’m thinking …

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The new (old) fight over Critical Race Theory

In the wake of 2021’s very bad Election Day for Democrats, much talk has rightly focused on education as a wedge issue. In Virginia, particularly, schools and education were a …

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Essays

On Queer Haircuts, Gatekeeping, and the Value of Identity

For every queer person, coming out is a defining experience, not unlike a volcanic eruption. It is preceded by a slow build of pressure as we come to terms with …

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I didn’t watch either of the dueling town halls.

My ballot is already in the mail, and we all know Joe Biden is going to win New York anyway. At least I got to vote for AOC for the …

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On Free College for Billionaires

Pete Buttigieg has a talking point he returns to often, in explaining his opposition to proposals that college should be free: He thinks millionaires and billionaires, who can afford tuition, …

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What My Partner’s Abortion Taught Me: Men Benefit from Choice, Too

“Her choice meant I could continue pursuing the personal and professional life I wanted … and that I wouldn’t lose my partner to a botched back-alley abortion, or to a long prison sentence.”

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