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How one game-changing midterm is reshaping America

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No one can claim that the midterm elections have not been a provocative event, with a presidential-style campaign underway that has attracted the most financially and digitally connected mega-donors in the country.

Before Election Day, nearly two-thirds of adults (64 percent) agree that politicians have been making decisions based on political party instead of the best interests of the country. Nearly four in 10 (38 percent) say that there are too many politicians willing to go to Washington just to get a job (rather than to make the world a better place), and roughly one in three Americans say that they (31 percent) do not know someone who feels this way.

Meanwhile, the president has set himself up as the arbiter of basic national standards, using nearly all of his comments on the campaign trail to call for a variety of behaviors: Republican voters against Democratic ones, voters against the press, and, of course, those same voters against black and brown people.

So why should we care about the general level of confusion and uncertainty voters are experiencing right now?

Well, the “Mad Men-era of politics” which some describe has led to an uptick in what could only be described as misinformation. Propaganda — especially from the president and his many supporters — on social media is spurring citizens to share false and unreliable information. In fact, a number of sources have predicted that Election Day could be the worst day for information on Facebook ever.

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