The Politics Thread
Welcome to the Politics Thread!This thread is here for all discussions relating to public policy and current events in any country, domestic or foreign. The politics thread is open to anyone who is interested in politics and wants to contribute their own expertise or knowledge--or even just their personal thoughts and concerns--about current events.
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