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Whether you’re all gathered around the Christmas tree or sharing latkes over Zoom, catching up with friends and family is the light in this dark, difficult year.

But let’s face it: The holidays aren't the holidays without a little drama, be it a burnt pecan pie or an hour-long interrogation on your dating life. So, who’s creating all the problems? There are a few zodiac signs who are stirring up more than just hot chocolate. Here, the three constellations who are probably starting drama at holiday parties, and one who’s bringing us all together.

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The Culprits 1. Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19)

Most Likely To: Deliver a brash, but hilarious joke at your expense.

Aries is a slot machine of original ideas. Once the winning combination appears across their brainscreen (often in joke-form) they cleverly blurt it out in celebration. The fire signs are action-oriented, not consequence-oriented. So as you’re going in for your third glass of spiked eggnog, Aries advises you against drinking too much, like the time you gracefully threw up on stage at your college graduation. Sure, Aries’s humor might insult, humiliate or infuriate. But our favorite firecrackers embody the phrase, “If you don’t like it, you can leave.” And trust us, you won’t want to. Grandma’s horrified expression was totally priceless.

2. Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Most Likely To: Launch into an impassioned political diatribe.

The existential thinkers of the zodiac tend to transcend the small, insignificant dramas around the party table. Instead, Aquarius watches them play out like a detached observer. Their usual holiday M.O. is engineering an intricate string light display or playing their newly-gifted Nintendo game. But everything changes when Aquarius’s strongly-held beliefs are challenged. When Uncle Bigot yells out an uninformed political statement during the white elephant exchange, Aquarians can’t help but retaliate. These brainy air signs will pull out all of the facts and figures in their long-winded, progressive monologue. (We say monologue since no one else would dare counter them after listening to their masterclass in socioeconomics.) Vegan gingerbread cookies, anyone?

3. Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Most Likely To: Subtly critique your wrapping paper.

Let’s be clear: Virgos have the purest of intentions. The earth signs will arrive early at your front door with a bouquet of poinsettias and homemade (healthy) cookies in hand. But they can sometimes go too far in their pursuit of perfection. We all know Virgos are planners. They have a clear picture of how they imagine events will play out, with little room for deviation. For the big holiday feast, they’re envisioning warm, inviting table decor, bold flavors and intriguing conversation. So when things go even slightly awry, Virgo might just have to point it out: “You chose store-bought challah? That’s cool, but if you’d have told me, I would’ve happily brought my homemade recipe.” Virgos just want things to run smoothly, but they might create too much friction in doing so.

The Mediator 1. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20)

Most Likely To: Carve the tension like an electric turkey knife.

Geminis are mutable air signs—and all that air makes them positively buoyant. These playful signs bring a lightness to strained encounters or heated squabbles during the holiday festivities. Gemini can find common ground with just about anyone. And with quick, communication planet Mercury as their ruler, Gem can put their sharp wit and racing mind to good use here. Is your cousin locked in a prison of questions surrounding when she’s going to have children? Gemini can set her free by directing everyone’s attention to the hand-painted ornament across the room (and a funny story about its origins...even if it’s made up). These creatives love bringing concepts, ideas, and people together. And this holiday season, we’re thankful for their uncanny ability to distract us. 

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Joe Biden should forego a second term while he is ahead: columnist

President Joe Biden has made it known that he intends to run for reelection in 2024, and Democratic Party power brokers have, for the most part, pledged to support Biden if he does. Yet there remain concerns throughout liberal and progressive circles that Biden should step down after just one term. On Saturday, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd argued in an editorial that while Biden has the momentum to make his four years in the White House significantly impactful, he should decline to seek a second term.

Dowd compared Biden's tenure to that of the late United States Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who "missed the moment to leave the stage" and "thought she was the indispensable person" which "ended in disaster." Ginsburg's seat on the bench was filled by Amy Coney Barrett, a right-wing Christian fundamentalist and a complete antithesis to Ginsburg.

Dowd urged Biden to take note.

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"The timing of your exit can determine your place in the history books," Dowd wrote. "This is something Joe Biden should keep in mind as he is riding the crest of success. His inner circle, irritated by stories about concerns over his age and unpopularity, will say this winning streak gives Biden the impetus to run again. The opposite is true. It should give him the confidence to leave, secure in the knowledge that he has made his mark."

Indeed, Biden and Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill are riding a legislative victory wave heading into the midterm elections. That tailwind could thwart the Republican Party's hopes of retaking the House of Representatives, the Senate, or both.

According to Dowd, "this is the moment for Biden to decide if all of this is fuel for a re-election campaign, when he will be 81 (82 on Inauguration Day), or a legacy on which to rest."

Biden, Dowd opined, "could leave on a high, knowing that he has delivered on his promises for progress and restored decency to the White House. He did serve as a balm to the bombastic Donald Trump. Over the next two years he could get more of what he wants and then step aside. It would be self-effacing and patriotic, a stark contrast to the self-absorbed and treasonous Trump."

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Biden, however, "was not to be a visionary but to be a calming force for a country desperately in need of calming, and a bridge to the next generation," Dowd continued. That makes Biden "a logical one-termer, and that keeps him true to his high-minded point: What does the country really need?" she added.

Dowd believes that the time for Biden to "pass the torch," as he said in 1987 during his first run for president, is nigh.

"The country really needs to dodge a comeback by Trump or the rise of the odious Ron DeSantis. There is a growing sense in the Democratic Party and in America that this will require new blood. If the president made his plans clear now, it would give Democrats a chance to sort through their meh field and leave time for a fresh, inspiring candidate to emerge," Dowd wrote.

She then laid out the potential political shrewdness of a Biden retirement.

"Usually, being a lame duck weakens you. But in Biden’s case, it could strengthen him. We live in a Washington where people too often put power over principle. So many Republicans have behaved grotesquely out of fear that Trump will turn on them. So the act of leaving could elevate Biden, freeing him from typical re-election pressures, so he and his team could do what they thought was right rather than what was politically expedient," Dowd said. "It would also take steam out of what are certain to be Republican attempts to impeach him should they regain the House and make him less of a target for their nasty attacks on his age and abilities. The next two years could be hellish, with Republicans tearing Biden down and refusing to do anything that could be seen as benefiting him."

Dowd stressed that even though Biden's age is a point of contention, it is far from the most important issue.

"These are dangerous times — with inflation hurting us, weather killing us, the Ukraine war grinding, China tensions boiling, women’s rights on the line, and election deniers at CPAC, where Viktor Orbán spews fascist bile to a wildly enthusiastic audience," she concluded. "It might be best to have a president unshackled from the usual political restraints."

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