Elections

Mail-in ballots in Chester County, Pa., November 4, 2020. (Rachel Wisniewski/Reuters) As we expected, the Third Circuit federal appellate court on Friday rejected the Trump campaign’s appeal of Judge Matthew Brann’s dismissal of its post-election challenge in Pennsylvania. The three-judge panel’s 21-page opinion, emphatically upholding Judge Brann’s decision last Saturday, was penned by Circuit Judge
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Top Georgia Republicans are fighting to hold their coalition together in the lead-up to January’s runoff Senate elections after some prominent activists backing President Donald Trump have started raising their voices, publicly calling on voters to boycott the races. Over the weekend, pro-Trump lawyer L. Lin Wood posted a series of tweets alleging that Republican
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden greets workers during a campaign stop at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Mack Assembly plant in Detroit, Mich., March 10, 2020. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) Despite his labor-left agenda, Biden did not do especially well with organized labor. Although Joe Biden won a majority of votes cast by labor-union members, available data suggest
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A single day often appears, in the fullness of time, to represent a moment of transition between two eras. One such day appears to be October 10, 2000, when President Clinton signed the legislation that permanently normalized U.S. trade relations with China. Another appears to be November 8, 2016, when the … Read More
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A person fills out a ballot in a privacy booth at a polling station during early voting in New York, N.Y., October 25, 2020. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) All mandatory voting advocates are doing is further degrading the importance of elections and incentivizing more demagoguery. After the 2016 presidential election, I wrote an exceptionally unpopular op-ed for
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Dan has a good article on the homepage, the main point of which is that the system worked, since Trump’s efforts to reverse the election failed. Certainly I agree with him about that. But he also finds charges that Trump tried to “steal” the election “overheated.” Since I made such a claim myself, I …
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President Barack Obama gestures during his first news conference as president in the East Room of the White House, February 9, 2009. (Jim Bourg/Reuters) Former President Obama claimed on Wednesday that evangelical Latino voters chose President Trump over Joe Biden because Trump backs their views on abortion and gay marriage. While Trump lost the 2020
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President Donald Trump touts recent U.S. stock market gains during a brief appearance in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, November 24, 2020. (Hannah McKay/Reuters) Dan has a good article on the homepage, the main point of which is that the system worked, since Trump’s efforts to reverse the election failed. Certainly
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President-elect Joe Biden announces his national security nominees and appointees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Del., November 24, 2020. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) President Trump has signed off on President-elect Joe Biden receiving the classified President’s Daily Brief, or PDBs. A spokesperson for the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) told The Hill that the
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Poll workers process absentee ballots to be counted on election day at the TCF Center in Detroit, Mich., November 2, 2020 (Rebecca Cook/Reuters) On the menu today: Michigan certifies its vote totals; the General Services Administration starts the transition; and it’s time for a hard, unflinching look at the president’s post-election legal efforts. What Did
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Detroit, Mich., October 31, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) After much drama, Michigan’s state electoral board certified that, with a 154,000-vote lead after ballots were canvassed at the county level, presumptive President-elect Joe Biden is the winner of the state’s 16 electoral votes. This is a
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U.S. Senators Kelly Loeffler (R., Ga.) and David Perdue (R., Ga.) wear protective face masks as they walk together at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, July 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) One of the more insidious things about President Trump is the way he acts as a kind of gravitational distortion in our political-moral space. His combination of
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The Michigan Capitol building is pictured in Lansing, Michigan. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook) Top Michigan state lawmakers who met with President Trump at the White House on Friday said they haven’t seen any evidence that would call President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the state into question and pledged to follow the “normal process” on picking electors. “We
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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney to President Donald Trump, speaks about the presidential election results during a news conference in Washington, D.C., November 19, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Two-hundred and fifty years ago, a young lawyer named John Adams risked professional and economic ruin when he defended British soldiers who were accused
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden at a campaign stop in Atlanta, Ga., October 27, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Joe Biden has won the presidential election in the state of Georgia, a state recount confirmed on Thursday. Initial results last week showed that Biden won the state by about 15,000 votes, a margin small enough that state
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Chaplain (Major General) Thomas Solhjem, U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, and Sergeant Major Ralph Martinez, Chaplain Corps Regimental Sergeant Major, lay a wreath at Chaplains Hill in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery in honor of the Army Chaplain Corps 245th birthday, July 29, 2020. (Elizabeth Fraser/Arlington National Cemetery) As there is much talk of
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Voters fill out their ballots at a polling station on Election Day in Detroit, Mich., November 3, 2020. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters) There’s a Groundhog Day effect to the news today, as once again the nation’s attention returns to the Wayne County, Mich., Board of Canvassers, where the board’s two Republicans now want to un-do their certification
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An observer watches a poll worker tabulate ballots at the Allegheny County Election Warehouse in Pittsburgh, Pa. November 6, 2020. (John Altdorfer/Reuters) The main problem for President Trump continues to be math. Realistically speaking, the legal battle over the 2020 election is over. As I explained over the weekend, from President Trump’s perspective, that battle
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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger gives an update on the state of the election and ballot count during a news conference at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga., November 6, 2020. (Dustin Chambers/Reuters) As the ongoing recount of Georgia’s troubled election barrels towards the Friday deadline to certify the state’s election results, Georgia secretary
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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock speaks during an Election Night event in Atlanta, Ga., November 3, 2020. (Jessica McGowan/Pool via Reuters) Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock is trying to run away from his radical left-wing record in his campaign to persuade Georgia voters to elect him and hand Democrats unified control of Congress
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