Are We Doomed to Relive the ’90s?

Newt Gingrich: Check. McRib: Check. A back-to-the-future sampling.

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From Madonna to Lady Gaga: ’90s items and their 2010 equivalents.

Back to the Future

Freakout over “first black president”

Freakout over first black president

Newt Gingrich

Beanie Babies

Anchor babies

Hillarycare

Obamacare

S&L bailout hangover

Wall Street bailout hangover

Flag burning

Koran burning

Nixon nostalgia

Clinton nostalgia

Ross Perot

Michael Bloomberg

Madonna

Lady Gaga

Defund the NEA!

Defund NPR!

Run, Forrest, Run!

Run, Sarah, Run!

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

“I Believe Anita Hill”

“I Still Believe Anita Hill”

McRib returns

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