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Masthead Weekly 05.17.19

The presidential candidates are making speeches, stopping by coffee shops, and shaking hands. On the surface, this election seems like any other. But, argues the politics writer Isaac Dovere, it’s actually the first of its kind in U.S. history.

What to Know: The World-Altering Impact of the 2020 Election

By Isaac Dovere

How often have you heard politicians say, “This is the most important election of our lifetimes”? This time it’s true. In terms of shaping a direction for the future of the country, and the world, it might be the most consequential American presidential election ever. The election of 1860 brought the Civil War, and for all of America’s divisions, that’s not coming again—but the world also wasn’t interconnected then, and the United States didn’t matter as much as a force within it.

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