Sophia A. McClennen,

Sophia A. McClennen

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Past articles by Sophia:

Why "Planet of the Humans," Michael Moore’s new film about green energy, is so controversial

The documentary, directed by Jeff Gibbs and produced by Moore, is streaming free on YouTube now → Read More

How late night comedy shows are making sense of absurd and reckless coronavirus responses

COVID-19 isn't funny. But making fun of dangerous and stupid political and public responses is important → Read More

Bernie Sanders isn't too "fragile" a candidate to run against Donald Trump

The only thing fragile about the Sanders campaign are arguments against him that favor Establishment Democrats → Read More

The "Bernie Blackout" appears to be over: How will the media cover the Sanders campaign now?

Corporate news media is finally taking the Sanders campaign seriously. Does that mean the end of anti-Bernie bias? → Read More

The real outrage of the Afghanistan war papers that no one wants to talk about

The most disturbing revelations aren't even the lies to the U.S. public, but the lies to the Afghan people → Read More

Why Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" matters now more than ever

Great satirical films hold up over time. Their messages keep resonating because the flaws they diagnose persist → Read More

Why we need serious Trump jokes: From "SNL" to Colbert, comedians make sense out of impeachment

Once again it is the satirists who are best equipped to cut through the nonsense of the Trump era → Read More

Why are college students so stressed out? It's not because they're "snowflakes"

College students exhibit stress at levels far higher than their parents did, and it's no wonder why → Read More

Why the "political center" is a dangerous myth — and how it could cost Democrats the 2020 election

The longer Democrats continue a snipe hunt for the imaginary middle, the less chance they have of beating Trump → Read More

Here are 4 ways Donald Trump profits from racism

Several of the headlines emerging from the fallout of President Donald Trump’s recent racist behavior claim that fascism is coming to America. It’s perplexing to read them, because they seem to suggest that there is something new to the blatant and unapologetic racism and xenophobia of the Trump cam → Read More

Racism, Inc.: How Donald Trump profits from xenophobia

Until we understand how Trump profits from his racism, we won’t be able to effectively counter it → Read More

Will lies win the 2020 election?

False information circulating in the 2016 election was concerning; 2020 looks poised to simply normalize it → Read More

Jon Stewart, defender of American values: How comedians are redefining patriotism now

Over and over, political comedians are taking our national values more seriously than our politicians do → Read More

Can Democrats win in 2020 by attacking Trump? A new study says no

New study shows that support for Trump remains remarkably stable, despite a slew of controversies and scandals → Read More

Islamophobia is about politics, not faith: New study explores impact on 2020 elections

Islamophobia is on the rise, with 44 percent of white evangelicals holding negative views of Muslims → Read More

Samantha Bee's brutal Trump taunts: Why her Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner is necessary

"Once a year the current president should face someone who calls them out," Bee said at her Not the WHCAD event → Read More

The Mueller Report has become the left's Benghazi

The longer the left focuses on it as proof that Trump should be impeached, the closer he gets to reelection → Read More

Why is it so threatening to say Muslim lives matter?

We are increasingly divided not just over which lives matter, but whether we should even question how we mourn → Read More

Trump vs. "SNL": A political comedy Americans are actually watching

A new poll shows Americans have strong opinions about mixing politics with comedy, even on shows they don't watch → Read More

This is the real crisis facing the 2020 election

The crisis facing the 2020 election isn’t a huge field of Democrats or Donald Trump. It's an uninformed electorate. → Read More