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Author: Syndicated

How a selfish ideology has defined one political party as traitors to the Constitution and humanity

Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the judgment of the American people might just seem like denial. But in denying the legitimacy of over 77 million votes against him, Trump and leading Republican politicians are implementing a design more sinister than poor sportsmanship. Trump and his party have declared war on the fundamental principle of American constitutional democracy: When an incumbent loses an election, they leave office. A peaceful transfer of power follows. Republicans know full well that Biden won. Republican as well as Democratic election officials from across the country confirm there’s no evidence of voter fraud. The election...

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Calling Races: The necessary role of the news media to project the outcome of elections in the United States

Fifty-one separate elections — one in each state and one in Washington DC, each with different rules and regulations, and no national elections commission to tell the world who wins. How, then, to quickly and accurately determine who won the highest office in the land? That is where the news media come in — and have done so since 1848, when The Associated Press declared the election of Zachary Taylor as president. The Electoral College actually chooses the president under the U.S. Constitution, acting in a process that starts with the popular vote across the republic. But its work...

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Jim Crow and World War I: How racism compounded the grief of Black families who lost sons in battle

In the summer of 1930, Mrs. Louise Kimbro, a 57-year-old African American woman from Columbus, Ohio, boarded a train for New York City. She was one of 6,685 women who accepted the government’s invitation to join the Gold Star Mothers and Widows pilgrimage between 1930 and 1933. Her son, Private Martin A. Kimbro, had died of meningitis in May 1919 while serving with a U.S. Army labor battalion in France, and his body lay buried in one of the new overseas military cemeteries. Now she would see his grave for the first time. The journey was enabled by legislation...

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Joe Biden claims mandate to unify a shattered America after winning 2020 presidential election

Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, November 7, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by the historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. Biden crossed 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania. Biden, 77, staked his candidacy less on any distinctive political ideology than on galvanizing a broad coalition of voters around the notion...

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Election 2020: Understanding the Wisconsin recount process and its purpose

On November 4, several news organizations called the presidential race in Wisconsin for Democratic nominee Joe Biden. That same day, the campaign of President Donald Trump, who trails Biden by under 21,000 votes, announced it would request a recount. “The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so,”said Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, in a statement. On Twitter, former Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker acknowledged, “If it holds, 20,000 is a high hurdle” for Trump. But Walker also said the canvass of votes that will now take place could reveal issues...

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The 1920 Election Day Massacre: Remembering the voters of Ocoee who were slaughtered for being Black

On Election Day a century ago, a white mob swept through a tiny Florida citrus town after a black man showed up at the polls to vote. Over two days of terror, the mob set fire to homes and drove black residents from their community. It was one of the bloodiest days in American political history, with the number of deaths remaining in question — some estimates as high as 60. It must have seemed like a lifetime ago to Julius “July” Perry since he first arrived in Ocoee. More than thirty years prior he hopped off that mule-drawn...

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