Get ready for the most negative election season ever

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A new study by the Wesleyan Media Project reveals this election season has seen the most negative ads so far on record. Seventy-percent of political ads - so far - have been negative, thanks to the involvement of outside SuperPACs made possible by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

Outside interest groups have increased their advertising activity by 1100% from 2008 – and 86% of their ads are negative. The candidates themselves have increased their use of negative ads, too – jumping from 8% in 2008 to more than 52% this time around.

Research shows that negative ads turn voters off and lower Election Day turnout – which bodes well for Republicans who do better when fewer people vote. So while negative ads might be a good way for fatcats to intimidate politicians – they’re bad for our democracy.

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Trump Could Learn From the "Rat Park" Experiment

Even as Donald Trump's surrogates are re-tweeting photoshopped images of Hillary Clinton in blackface, Trump himself is trying to win the black vote by simply asking black Americans "What the hell do you have to lose?!"

And in response to the news that NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin had been shot in Chicago, he sent out two tweets talking about how bad the crime rate is getting.

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