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New York’s first Narcan vending machine is working

July 6, 2023

One afternoon in the middle of June, Elan Quashie had just finished restocking the vending machine outside of the Brownsville nonprofit where he works when a co-worker told him that a man was slumped over next to it. Quashie suspected that the man was overdosing on fentanyl and immediately jumped into “training mode”; as the Overdose Program director at Services for the UnderServed, he has spent nearly a decade teaching people how to use naloxone, also known as Narcan, to reverse overdoses. But he had never done it in real life, reports Curbed.

After calling for an ambulance and rubbing his knuckles on the man’s sternum to wake him (this didn’t work), Quashie punched some buttons on the vending machine to get a pack of Narcan nasal spray. He pushed one dose into the man’s nose, and then, when that didn’t seem to revive him, another. The unconscious man finally stirred awake. He was confused — the last thing he remembered was looking for a place to sit down.

New York’s first naloxone vending machine had only been installed on the sidewalk days earlier, and it had probably saved his life.

The encounter was over in just a few minutes, but “it just gave me goose bumps,” Quashie says. “Even if I wasn’t there, anyone could have used the machine and done that in real time.” It’s that easy access that motivated the city’s health department to install one, and soon at least three more across the city.

The nondescript blue appliance, which looks like a regular vending machine from afar, isn’t only stocked with Narcan; it offers fentanyl and xylazine test strips, clean pipes, and basic health supplies like maxi pads, toothbrushes, condoms, and wound-care kits for free. But it’s the Narcan and other drug-related items that have drawn most of the attention and made it a divisive symbol of the city’s attempts at harm reduction— an approach that offers compassion and practical services to drug users with the goal of keeping them alive rather than pushing sobriety or punishing them.

The vending machine, not surprisingly, is already the subject of histrionic tabloid coverage (it was recently called a “white flag of surrender to addiction” by the New York Post board). Others see it as a source of cautious hope.

Nearly 2,700 New York City residents died of drug overdoses in 2021—the highest number since the city began tracking the numbers two decades ago, and 2022’s total is expected to be even higher. Brownsville had one of the highest rates of death from overdoses in 2021.

City health officials say it’s a crisis that could spiral out of control without an all-out intervention. “Every three hours, we’re losing a New Yorker,” said the New York City Health Commissioner, Dr. Ashwin Vasan, at the machine’s launch event. “To reverse those trends, it’s going to require more tools like this.”

The logic behind the vending machine is straightforward: If you meet people where they are, you can lower their barriers to getting life-saving care. Harm reduction has long been an accepted principle of public-health policy in countries such as Canada and Australia, and in many parts of Europe, but has only recently started gaining traction in the United States.

In New York City, one of the most active testing grounds, early efforts in East Harlem and Washington Heights seem to be working. The two safe-consumption sites that the city opened in these neighborhoods in 2021, the first in the country, allow people to use drugs while supervised by trained clinicians, without judgment or fear of arrest. The nonprofit that operates it says it’s already intervened in more than 850 overdoses since opening. By installing naloxone vending machines, the city hopes to make getting help even easier.

Naloxone vending machines have only been around for a few years in the United States. One of their biggest champions is Matthew Costello, a manager at Wayne State University’s Center for Behavioral Health and Justice, who works on substance-use and overdose-prevention programs at Michigan jails. “Data shows us that time and time again, individuals who are released from a correctional facility who have a history of using opioids are considerably more at risk for overdosing than any other population,” he says.

Costello’s team had initially considered slipping Narcan into releasees’ property boxes, but rejected it. “We wanted an individual to be able to make that decision themselves,” he says. In 2019, he realized vending machines were “the perfect idea.”

Since 2021, Costello has helped place 35 machines and counting throughout Michigan, funded by public and private grants. They’re placed in jails as well as public sites, where they’re operated by local community groups. Just a few weeks ago, a Wayne State pharmacy student used a dose of Narcan he’d gotten from a vending machine to save a stranger’s life.

But it’s difficult to track exactly how well the machines are working. “When you want to measure that, you start gathering identifiable data on people, and that’s counterintuitive for the population that we’re trying to impact,” Costello says. So his team has settled on a simpler benchmark of success: “Just flood the market as best we can with a tool that saves lives.”

New York follows the same principle of protecting users’ privacy. The vending machine only requires that people enter a New York City Zip Code on the keypad to get an item. After that, there’s no limit to the number of items they can take. Rebecca Linn-Walton, Services for the Underserved’s chief strategy officer, compares the vending machine—which costs roughly $11,000 — to a community fridge.

“So often, people don’t come into care because they think they’ll be judged. And so if we can have a non-stigmatizing, bright, shiny blue, beautiful box on the street, people will feel comfortable getting the tools they need,” she says.

What about the unlimited supply—wouldn’t someone be tempted to take more than they actually need? Linn-Walton isn’t worried about that. “To my mind, if people are taking everything out of it, it’s because they need it. If somebody thinks they need 30 Narcan kits to use safely, good for them. Let them live. That’s all we want.”

Quashie says that in the two weeks since the machine’s launch, people have taken an average of nine Narcan kits a day, and he generally has restocked it about three to four times a week.

Research contact: @Curbed

Why ‘core’—as in Barbiecore—is the new ‘chic’

May 11, 2023

Many of us have been guilty of using the word, core, in place of style or chic—think Barbiecore for the bright pink wardrobe worn in Warner Bros.’ new summer movie, Barbie—and the word has become common parlance almost overnight, reports Vogue.

Indeed, the digital obsession with cores—used as a suffix that basically denotes a kind of style—began back in 2013, when the term, normcore, was first coined by trend forecasters K-Hole as a philosophy of fashion.

They posited that the chronically online were competing for virality and uniqueness, and as a result, both were harder to come by. Enter normcore. It was a look for people who didn’t want to stand out but saw the social power of fitting in. “Normcore moves away from a coolness that relies on difference to a post-authenticity coolness that opts into sameness,” they wrote.

Memorably, New York magazine described it as “fashion for those who realize they’re one in 7 billion.”

Normcore was followed in 2017 by gorpcore—also popularized in New York magazine. This took its name from acronym for the hiker snack “good old raisins and peanuts” and, therefore, was defined by crunchy, outdoorsy gear that could very well be Patagonia.

Then came discourse around menocore, a term coined by Harling Ross of Man Repeller that was coastal grandmother chic by another name. And so on.

The rise of micro-cores coincides with the rise of hyper-specific Internet aesthetics. There’s even an Aesthetics Wiki that chronicles all the possible cores online—including, but not limited to, bubblegumbitchcore, cottagecore, and fairycore. The ones that have penetrated the mainstream this year have been balletcore; regencycore; and our dear friend, Barbiecore. Regencycore—fueled by the return of Bridgerton and often conflated with princesscore or royaltycore—started popping up in our inboxes last year, hitting a peak in the spring when season two came out.

Balletcore shot up in searches from February 5 through February 12 and, while there is still some interest, it’s clear it had a one-week-long peak.

Of these three terms, Barbiecore has the most interest—sharply rising from June 19 until now, although the projected searches show a steep drop-off.

Kidcore, a rainbow-filled trend that leans heavily on ’90s and Y2K childhood nostalgia, and cottagecore are both vastly more popular than any of the terms listed above, showing that some of these terms have longevity for at least 12 months.

Depop—the fashion resale app beloved by Gen Z—also tells Vogue that the trends that have held strong through 2022 on the app are fairycore, gorpcore, and cottagecore. Kidcore saw an 82% search increase between the end of 2021 and Q2 in 2022.

What the earliest cores—and the most interesting ones—have in common is the understanding that the clothes represent an inner existence. Normcore is for people who believe that cool is blending in rather than standing out (a philosophy adopted by the hyper-rich like Warren Buffet and the hyper-cool like the Olsen twins); the clothes represent a way of thinking.

Similarly, the enduring power of cottagecore is likely in part because there’s a whole lifestyle to ascribe to—one that involves churning butter and making jam—or at least the fantasy of one.

Calling every trend core makes sense from some perspectives. José Criales-Unzueta wrote for i-D earlier this year that “these micro-trends are a way for writers and commentators to make new collections and designers’ ideas more digestible or understandable for a broader audience.”

A core is easily googled, whether you’re searching for clothes that fit into the look or just the definition. Also, trends exist—but not everything needs to be legitimized and elevated to the level of a core. By giving it its own name, it’s a phenomenon; not just clothes. More often than not, it overcomplicates what is, in fact, quite basic.

Taking Barbiecore as a prime example, there are a few simple reasons for why celebrities are wearing bubble-gum pink now. First, Pierpaolo Piccioli—one of the most influential designers working today—made an entire collection of gorgeous Valentino clothing in the same shade of Pantone-approved pink. Second, big Hollywood director Greta Gerwig is behind a movie about Barbie starring big Hollywood stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, and the costume design is intriguing. Third, pink is an eye-catching, summery color that people like. Yes, pink is trending—but for reasons much more easily explained than why people turned to dressing like Jerry Seinfeld in 2014. It’s not running against the grain; it is the grain.

Attempting to elevate something as simple as a color into the trend of the summer by calling it a core is a lazy way of thinking about fashion.

Research contact: @voguemagazine

A pro-Trump PAC files an ethics complaint against DeSantis

March 17, 2023

Donald Trump spent much of the past year teasing a 2024 presidential campaign—telling New York magazine last summer that he had “already made that decision” on whether to run and promising his rally crowds for months that they would be “very happy” about his choice, reports The New York Times.

Now, Trump’s allies are accusing Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida of doing the same—but insisting that he has violated state law.

MAGA Inc., a super PAC supporting Trump, filed a complaint with Florida officials on Wednesday, March 15, alleging that DeSantis—the former president’s chief potential rival for the Republican Party’s 2024 nomination —is operating a shadow presidential campaign.

The super PAC said that DeSantis should be considered a presidential candidate because he has taken meetings with donors, raised money for a political committee, and toured the country to sell books, while allies are reaching out to potential campaign aides.

“Governor DeSantis’s failure to declare his candidacy is no mere oversight,” reads the MAGA Inc. complaint to the Florida Commission on Ethics. “It is a coordinated effort specifically designed for him to accept, as unethical gifts, illegal campaign contributions and certain personal benefits.”

The pro-Trump super PAC, which sent the complaint via certified mail on Wednesday, is asking the state commission to impose “the most severe penalties” under Florida ethics law, which include, among other things, impeachment, removal from office, public censure and ballot disqualification. NBC News earlier reported on the complaint on Wednesday.

A spokesperson in the governor’s office, Taryn Fenske, said the complaint was part of a “list of frivolous and politically motivated attacks,” adding, “It’s inappropriate to use state ethics complaints for partisan purposes.”

While DeSantis hasn’t formally declared a White House bid, he is checking all the boxes of a potential candidate, the Times said. He published a book that could double as the outline of a 2024 campaign platform and has been promoting the book on a nationwide tour—including stops in states that are hosting the first three Republican primary contests. He has also laid out foreign policy positions this week on Fox News.

The allegations from the pro-Trump group echo a similar complaint filed against Trump last year in March by a Democratic super PAC. In that complaint, the Democratic group, American Bridge, argued to the Federal Election Commission that Trump had been behaving like a 2024 presidential candidate while avoiding federal oversight by not filing a statement of candidacy.

The group filed a lawsuit in July against the federal commission, seeking to force it to take action against Trump within 30 days. The lawsuit accused Trump of trying to disguise his run for the presidency in order to leave voters “in the dark about the contributions and expenditures he has received, which is information they are entitled to.”

The FEC did not take action against Trump. He eventually announced a formal presidential campaign four months later.

Trump’s allies could face a similarly tough road in persuading the state ethics commission to act. DeSantis has appointed five of the nine members of the commission.

Research contact: @nytimes

NY Governor to direct $35 million to support abortion providers statewide

May 12, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul  has announced that New York State will invest tens of millions of dollars toward abortion care and providers with the prospect of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning  Roe v. Wadelooming, following the leak of a draft opinion indicating that would happen, reports New York Magazine.

On Tuesday, May 10, Hochul revealed that $35 million will be allocated to the cause statewide. She is directing the state health department to create an abortion-provider fund which will receive $25 million in funding to later distribute to those who provide abortion care. The governor says the money will come from the health commissioner’s emergency fund, so the funding won’t need to be reallocated for that purpose.

The remaining $10 million will be disbursed by the Division of Criminal Justice Services as “safety and security capital grants” to help bolster the security at reproductive-health clinics and other abortion providers and to secure the safety of their patients and staff.

The distribution of the funds would begin as soon as an official decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is reached and announced by the Supreme Court.

“To truly ensure that anyone seeking an abortion in New York has access to that, we have to ensure that the providers have the resources and the capacity to accommodate all patients who walk through their doors,” Hochul said during a  virtual press conference. “It’s simple. If we’re going to guarantee the right to an abortion, we have to guarantee access to an abortion.”

Hochul called the abortion-provider fund “nation-leading” and the first fund of its kind in the State of New York.

“We’re not playing defense. We’re playing offense,” Hochul said.

Hochul’s announcement comes a day after state Attorney General Letitia James declared her support for  legislation  that would establish a state program to expand abortion access for low-income New Yorkers and also for those traveling to New York from another state seeking care.

Research contact: @NYMag

Larry David curbs HBO documentary on his life

March 2, 2022

You’re going to have to curb your enthusiasm for HBO’s upcoming Larry David documentary, reports Vulture.

The two-part doc The Larry David Story, which was set to premiere on Tuesday, March 1, has been postponed.

In a tweet, HBO wrote, “Instead, Larry has decided he wants to do it in front of an audience”—“it” apparently being the career-spanning interview featured in the documentary. Puck reports that the Seinfeld writer “didn’t love” the finished doc, which has “been shelved indefinitely” in its current state.

Per the outlet, David agreed to the interview with his friend Larry Charles before he knew the documentary would air on HBO. But the move to pull reportedly came the day before its premiere, after the network released a trailer for the show in mid-February.

David has his own ties to HBO, which is home to his long-running comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm, about a fictionalized version of himself. Watch out for next season’s documentary plot.

Research contact: @vulture

Sorry, you actually haven’t been accepted to the University of Kentucky

April 14, 2021

Half a million high school students learned a hard lesson about the ins and outs of college acceptance earlier this year.

As the story goes, a month ago, the University of Kentucky emailed acceptance letters to 500,000 high-school seniors, only to quickly dash their dreams of becoming a Wildcat. As a follow-up email explained, the vast majority of the messages were sent in error, New York Magazine’s Intelligencer reports.

The students originally received an email on March 15 that read, “We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted into the selective Clinical and Management program in the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences for the Fall 2021,” according to LEX 18, Lexington’s local NBC network affiliate.

The acceptance was for the school’s Clinical Leadership and Management program, which reportedly accepts 35 to 40 new students every year, Intelligencer notes.

Within 24 hours, the students had an apology email from the university that cited a “technical issue” as the cause of the mix-up.

“Only a handful of those on the prospect list had been admitted to UK. The vast majority had not—nor had the vast majority of these students expressed an interest in the program,” University of Kentucky spokesman Jay Blanton said in an interview with LEX 18. “Nevertheless, we regret the communication error and have sent correspondence to all those who were contacted, offering our apologies.”

As for why people received acceptance emails for a program they never applied to, Blanton said, “The student could have indicated [that he or she was] interested in UK at some point or they may have sent an application. There are a number of ways we would have their contact information.”

Research contact: @intelligencer

‘Summit’ talks: What on Earth is the ‘Boyfriend Cliff’?

July 22, 2020

On July 20, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a detailed, colorful poster entitled New York Toughdepicting the surge of the coronavirus pandemic within the state as a steep mountain that New Yorkers worked hard to flatten by their cooperative actions to shelter in place, shut down all nonessential businesses, test for the virus, social distance and wear masks; and support the healthcare heroes who work at the front.

But in addition to this familiar visual metaphor, Claire Lampen, a writer for New York Magazine’s The Cut, noted that the poster “…also features a bunch of highly specific yet bewildering symbols: ‘Winds of Fear’ bluster around the mountain as the crisis builds; a mask mandate at the mountain’s peak helps usher New York into its first phase of reopening; and the economy, portrayed as a river (?), feeds into the “Sea of Division” (??).

However, “perhaps the most perplexing detail,” Lampen says, “is the “Boyfriend Cliff”—represented by a little crag [midway up the right side of the mountain] with a small man dangling from its tip.”

“Is the ‘Boyfriend Cliff’ where we dispose of … boyfriends once we are through with them? Does the ‘Boyfriend Cliff’ refer to a boyfriend named Cliff?” she asks.

Or does the “Boyfriend Cliff” symbolize your relationship falling off a cliff when you and the significant other you don’t live with, who (again) may not be a boyfriend, realize you won’t be seeing each other for a few months due to social-distancing recommendations.

Some think it’s a personal reference made by the governor. For example, Syracuse.com seems pretty certain the “Boyfriend Cliff” harks back to a comment Cuomo previously made at a press conference, concerning his daughter Mariah Kennedy Cuomo, her boyfriend (not named Cliff), and the Cuomo family’s Spaghetti Sundays.

Chrissy Teigen, who weighed in on Twitter, seems to agree with this reading. She reminded Cuomo that he had claimed to “like the boyfriend,” prompting Cuomo to clarify, “We do like the  boyfriend. Alll boyfriends face a steep climb.”

The Cut contacted Cuomo’s office for answers. Two days later, Peter Ajemian— Cuomo’s senior deputy communications director—offered an explanation. According to Ajemian, the “Boyfriend Cliff” is simply “an ongoing‎, playful bit the governor has been doing publicly with his family over the past few months to help lighten spirits during an incredibly difficult time.” And why a cliff? There is so much we still don’t know.

Research contact: @TheCut

#FireChrisHayes trends after MSNBC host covers Biden sexual assault allegations

April 30, 2020

The host of MSNBC’s show “All-In,” Chris Hayes, sparked backlash from the left when he became the first prime time host on the network to cover a former aide’s sexual assault allegations against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. As a result, the hashtag #FireChrisHayes began trending on Twitter, The Hill reported on April 30.

Hayes welcomed New York Magazine Writer-at-Large Rebecca Traister to his program Wednesday night, April 29, after she penned an essay, entitled “The Biden Trap,” which was critical of the former vice president for not addressing Tara Reade’s allegations in any interviews—and, thereby, leaving Democratic women supporting his candidacy to answer questions about the allegations for him.

“What this is creating is a perfect storm … where women are being asked … to answer for these charges,” Traister told Hayes. “In part because of the vacuum created by Joe Biden who is not yet really directly answering these questions, and certainly, not doing what I wish he would, which is to say: ‘Please direct your questions about these allegations to me, and not the women that are out there offering their support to my candidacy.”

Biden has conducted dozens of national and local interviews in recent weeks, but has yet to be asked about the allegations, The Hill said. His campaign denied the allegations in a statement on March 28.

However, Reade said last month that Biden sexually assaulted her in a secluded part of Capitol Hill when he was a senator in 1993. She was backed up by a former neighbor, her mother, and her brother. She was one of several women who came forward last year to say that Biden’s public touching had made her uncomfortable. He later said he would adjust his behavior.

“The man in question, the nominee, the former vice president, is going to have to address [the allegations],” Hayes argued during the segment. “And not have [former Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate] Stacey Abrams or anyone else, or [Senator] Kirsten Gillibrand [D-New York] do that.”

Abrams is reportedly on a list of candidates Biden is considering to be his running mate. She told CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday night that she believed Biden while citing a New York Times investigation written earlier this month, before more corroboration of Reade’s allegations was reported.

“The New York Times did a deep investigation and they found that the accusation was not credible. I believe Joe Biden,” Abrams said.

The Times later pushed back on the assertion that it had cleared Biden of any wrongdoing, The Hill reports. “Our investigation made no conclusion either way,” a Times spokesperson said in a Wednesday statement.

Several journalists praised Hayes for covering the story while knowing the potential for backlash from some on the left.

Reade has said that she confronted Biden’s aides, but the aides Reade listed have gone on the record to say that they were never confronted about the allegation.

Reade also says she filed a complaint with the human resources office in the Senate about the allegations of inappropriate touching. Media outlets, however, have not been able to track down the complaint, according to The Hill.

Reade did not file a police report at the time. She filed one with the Washington, D.C., police last month.

Research contact: @thehill

Tripping the light fantastic: Is light therapy for you?

March 11, 2020

Many consumers are “going into the light” these days—not seeking “the rapture” or eternity, but instead pursuing its radiant, restorative properties. Indeed, devotees believe, light therapy—also known as photomedicine or photobiomodulation—promises a host of physical and psychological benefits.

According to New York Magazine’s popular feature, The Cut, the following is only a partial list of what one company promises that sitting under a small panel of red lights will improve: athletic performance and recovery (owing to faster muscle recovery and joint repair), sleep (thanks to increased melatonin production and a “healthy circadian rhythm”), and skin quality (as a result of reduced inflammation and increased collagen production).

The red lights, in this case made by Joovv, represent just one of dozens of at-home therapies based on the idea that light can change us on a cellular level.

This past summer, the journal, Frontiers in Medicine, published an issue dedicated to photomedicine, heralding improvements from exposure to the lights that could help minimize the effects of aging, skin cancer, and psoriasis; as well as autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes. There’s even some evidence that neurological problems, including Alzheimer’s and traumatic brain injuries, can be improved with light therapy.

It does make intuitive sense that light could change the skin: For example, we know that a baby born with jaundice will often be treated with light. And many people claim they have seen their seasonal depression lift after using a SAD lamp.

Light-therapy devicesuse different kinds of light, from invisible, near-infrared light through the visible-light spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, and blue), stopping before the harmful ultraviolet rays.

So far, according to The Cut, the effects of red and near-infrared light are the most studied; red light is often used to treat skin conditions, whereas near infrared can penetrate much deeper, working its way through skin and bone and even into the brain. Blue light is thought to be especially good at treating infections and is often used for acne. The effects of green and yellow light are less understood, but green might improve hyperpigmentation, and yellow might reduce photoaging.

For red and near-infrared light, scientists speculate that the light interacts with something called cytochrome c oxidase, or CCO, a photosensitive enzyme found within the mitochondria. When CCO finds light, it converts it to energy and uses that energy to do whatever that cell is supposed to do—only more efficiently.

Sounds promising? Yes, says The Cut. Still, there are a few claims about light therapy we should know not to fall for

Any at-home device that makes confident promises about green or yellow light is to be met with skepticism; the evidence just isn’t there yet. Pulsing red light, a hypnotizing effect some devices offer, should be regarded with interest mixed with some suspicion. (Dr. Jared Jagdeo, director of the Center for Photomedicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, told The Cut of firmly of pulsing red light, “Nobody knows the function of that. Anyone who claims to know the function of it, they’re just hypothesizing.”)

Finally a few words to the wise from The Cut: Anything cheaper than a few hundred dollars is probably ineffective, and prescribing yourself light therapy for some ailment instead of visiting a doctor is inadvisable.

Research contact: @NYMag

Trump, Clinton ‘walk back’ friendships with Epstein in episode of Showtime’s ‘Our Cartoon President’

July 16, 2019

In a caustic cold open for the July 14 episode of the Showtime original series, “Our Cartoon President,” current and former U.S. Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, respectively, came together to deny that they did anything wrong when they partied and flew with the alleged pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, The Daily Beast reported on July 12.

Trump and President Bill Clinton each have had very little to say about their own connections to alleged sex trafficker and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein—except to say that neither one of them now has a friendship with the supposed billionaire financier and neither has flown recently on his plane, fittingly nicknamed the Lolita Express.

Which is not to say they have never boarded the jet. Both men acknowledge that they may have been passengers on Epstein’s infamous flights. “But so was [actor] Kevin Spacey,” Trump says.

“The only reason I was on that jet 26, I mean, four times, was it was the best deal on [travel app] Kayak.com,” Clinton adds in the cartoon.

In the hastily assembled cold open clip from the latest episode, Trump begins by addressing the nation about his ties to Epstein. “Sure, I told New York Magazine in 2002 that Epstein is a ‘terrific guy,’” Trump says, citing a real quote. “But that was before I found out that I said, later in the same sentence, that ‘he likes beautiful women … on the younger side.”

Then, cartoon Bill Clinton joins him. “Hey, everybody it’s me, America’s cold sore,” he says. “Every few years I pop up to remind you of your bad choices in the ‘90s.”

“You know, Bill and I may disagree on health care and criminal justice,” Trump says—as Clinton chimes in with “barely”—“but we are unified against these all but undeniable accusations.”

“In the end, aren’t we all just Americans accused of the most ghastly crime imaginable?” Clinton asks before the two presidents embrace in solidarity.

“I can’t believe we almost let Hillary tear us apart,” Trump concludes.

Research contact: @CartoonPres