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The next time your right-wing uncle tries to ruin the holidays with ‘proof’ of creationism, show him these videos

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With Thanksgiving fast approaching, no doubt many progressives are dreading at least one part of the holiday ritual — trying to make peace with that one relative who rejects liberalism. Or science. Or evolution. Or all three.

While The Raw Story can’t help with everyone’s family dynamic, we can at least offer pro-evolution readers some useful videos to share with the creationist in their lives.

Starting with the basics, Stated Clearly explains evolution itself in this 9-minute video.

“Evidence overwhelmingly suggests that all life on Earth is related,” the group’s founder, Jon Perry, says in the clip. “So remember, next time you invite family and friends over for a holiday feast, you’re actually just inviting family. That includes the turkey, and the pumpkin pie.”

Perry’s tutorial can be seen below.

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For something a bit faster, graphic designer Jurian Möller put together this animated video showing the breadth of human evolution across 550 million years:

Möller also turned the video into a 100-foot-long book illustrating the process through “153 great-grandfathers.”

“The differences between the generations on each page are very difficult to see,” he writes on the book’s website. “But the long, continuous ancestral line goes right back to our very origins.”

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Finally, we turn to a reliable champion of evolution in “Science Guy” Bill Nye. If you don’t have time to watch his entire debate with Creation Museum founder Ken Ham, then we recommend this short video on how creationism can hurt children.

“I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine,” Nye argues. “But don’t make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can—we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.”

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Who are all these white men running for president — and why?

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The country’s last presidential election was wide open, with incumbent president Barack Obama termed out of office and his vice president, Joe Biden, opting not to run as his replacement. While the vacancy looked like an opportunity for the 16 Republican men (and one woman) who ran in 2016, Democrats essentially cleared the field for Hillary Clinton, the first woman to win the party’s presidential nomination. Her only two challengers were white men; one who eventually became a star at the center of his own political movement and the other who was shortly reduced to strumming his guitar shirtless for attention.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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