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Acronym TV 2015 Year in Review: War, Protest and Politics

Acronym TV 2015 Year in Review: War, Protest and Politics
Mon, 12/21/2015 - by Dennis Trainor, Jr.
This article originally appeared on Acronym TV

A look back on some of the biggest stories of 2015 – from what to do about the threat of ISIS abroad and what to think of the San Bernardino mass shooting at home, to the unlikely rise of a socialist Senator from Vermont and the ugly reality of Donald Trump’s appeal, we'll look at all of that and more in the Acronym TV 2015 year in review.

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