The Austin family in Concord, New Hampshire, went through a roller coaster of emotions shortly after the ball dropped to ring in the new year.

Their fourth child, a son named Cainan, was the first baby born in the city in 2017, at 7:44 a.m. on New Year's Day.

Hours earlier, around 1 a.m., father Lamar Austin also lost his job, via text message no less. But he told the Concord Monitor, "Sometimes you lose something and you get something even better."

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If there's one thing we've learned from the modern history of elections in America, it's that New Hampshire sure is important.

Yes, even the 2016 election, with all of its unusual, uh, let's call them "quirks,"  the Granite State is set to play a key role. It's of the utmost importance that New Hampshirites register to vote and show up to the polls on Election Day.

That's where Ben Affleck comes in, thanks to a new video from Funny or Die and NextGen Climate.

Image via Funny or Die.

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How door-to-door political campaigning restored my faith in humanity.

"The truth is that the real work of politics, the stuff that wins elections, isn’t exciting."

I’ve seen a lot of elections, but I’ve never seen anything like 2016.

No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, chances are that your feelings about this race are strong.

Case in point: Protesters at a Donald Trump rally in San Diego getting in a massive fight in May. Photo by Mark Ralston/ AFP/ Getty.

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