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2016 Presidential Hopefuls Get A Black Metal Makeover

A satanic rebranding of America’s next potential president.

Lincoln Chafee has never looked cooler.


Sure, Shephard Fairey’s 2008 Obama “Hope” logo was iconic—but was it metal? Recently Fast Co.Design decided that the 2016 race, already somewhat of a snoozer, lacked any real aesthetic oomph. In a stroke of brilliance, they commissioned venerated graphics designer Christophe Szpajdel to rebrand 11 presidential candidate’s logos, ranging from Hillary Clinton to Bernie Sanders, with black metal makeovers. According to Fast Co, “Szpadjel has spent the past 40 years distilling the complex socio-political platforms of over 7,000 black metal bands like Fistula, Arcturus, Old Man's Child, and Moonspell down to single, indelible wordmarks—albeit ones that usually contain a bloody Pentagram or an upside down cross somewhere in the design.” The results are hilarious (can you imagine Marco Rubio getting down to some Emperor?) and a fun spin on a race that already feels like it’s been going on for ages.

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How to Wage a Modern Culture War: Blame Big Government

When the GOP defends "religious freedom," ultraconservatives see a moral crusade, while moderates see a defense of citizens' rights.


The term "culture war" has been in the news lately, describing a shift in political focus from unemployment and taxes to birth control and gay marriage. Some say it's because the economy is improving (although we have a long way to go). Others, like me, say it's because it's a perennially important discussion that will never go away. But something peculiar is happening this election season: Instead of putting their moral cards out on the table, conservatives are couching their cultural crusades in the libertarian language of "big government" oppression.

Take the latest fight over whether birth control will be fully covered by the Affordable Care Act. Most Republicans (aside from Rick Santorum, of course) won't say outright that birth control is wrong. Instead, they say they object to the government mandate. This tactic has been used before, in the cases of Plan B and the HPV vaccine, but the degree of public political theater has reached a fever pitch this time, with two Senate bills using the guise of "religious freedom"—which would apply not only to religious institutions, but to individual bosses—to deny women birth control and any other medication to which their employers object.

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Will Obama Lose the Latino Vote to Marco Rubio? Can Marco Rubio Win the Latino Vote for Republicans?

Amid rumors of a Marco Rubio VP and sagging support among Latinos, Obama needs to step up his game.


Freshman Florida Senator Marco Rubio has been charming the pants off conservatives lately. A professed Tea Partier who killed it in a three-way race last November, he's stayed loyal to the most fiscally conservative branch of the Republican party. He's paid lip service to deficit hawks, CEOs, and social conservatives alike. He's a first generation Cuban-American whose pulled-up-by-the-bootstraps story could tug at anyone's heartstrings. He's charismatic, well-spoken, and only 40 years old. He even rescued Nancy Reagan from falling at a West Coast appearance at the Reagan Presidential Library on Tuesday night. The rumors are swirling: will Marco Rubio be the GOP pick for vice president?

Some are worried he's a little green, and Rubio swears a 2012 run is not in the cards, but he's nevertheless becoming a national conservative figure. And the timing couldn't be better for the GOP. Both conservative and liberal pundits have long framed Latinos as an election game-changer. Even though the majority of Hispanics still lean Democratic, the Latino immigrant story and Catholic tradition often fit right into conservative rhetoric. As of now, the GOP hasn't done much to take advantage of this. But getting Rubio on board would be a major move toward courting Latinos.

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