Election 2020

Biden Policy Possibilities

Update 487 — Biden Policy Possibilities Following Fraud-Free but Fraught Election  The 2020 election is over, likely to reach the highest voter participation rate since the election of 1900. Over 160 million Americans got to the voting booth, or the mailbox, to cast their ballots. Fears of violence proved as founded as those of the voter …

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Countdown to the Count

Update 486 – Countdown to the Count:What We Know, with 100 Hours to Go In a little less than 100 hours, an election that has felt like the longest in our history will finally come to an end. More than 85 million people have already cast their votes, and more will in the days to …

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Democracy Survives Debate

Update 484 • Democracy Survives DebateJust Voting, Counting, and Litigating Left Last night, President Trump and Vice President Biden faced off for the final time. Polls showed Biden winning by 53-39, a margin closely tracking his lead in election polls. But if the debate is viewed as a draw for Biden, then Trump, out of …

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Veepstakes Low Sizzle

Update 480 — Veepstakes Low SizzleHighlights Economic Policy Contrasts Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence took the stage Wednesday night in Salt Lake. The first and only vice presidential debate was a welcome return to sustained discourse after the spectacle of the first presidential debate.  Pence played the Trump administration’s economic policy card …

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Chaos Plays to Trump’s Hand

Update 477: Chaos Plays to Trump’s HandBut Post-Debate I, It’s Still a Losing Hand Down in the polls for months, Donald Trump needed to move the needle with a spectacular performance. And it was…spectacularly devoid of policy. The spectacle will be repeated next time if only to distract the 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions …

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GOP’s Harsh Reality TV Show

Update 468: GOP’s Harsh Reality TV ShowFeat. a Spinning Stage without a Platform Amid the various Hatch Act violations and lots of Fauci-pas, speakers at the GOP Convention this week warned about events that would happen under a Biden administration that are already happening now under Trump. With various hyperbolic and denialist accounts of and prescriptions …

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Biden, Democrats Outline Recovery Plans

Update 466: How to Restart Stalled Economy?Biden, Democrats Outline Recovery Plans Last night, Democrats across the country watched as Vice President Biden took the stage to deliver his keynote address. He met the moment with poise, painting a detailed picture of a future without Trump. But his message reassured with clear vision. He presented a …

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Big Tent on Display, Convention Day 1 & 2

Update 465: Broad Progressive Message,Party’s Big Tent on Display at Convention Democrats are gathering this week, albeit virtually, for the Democratic National Convention “hosted” in Milwaukee. Though unconventional, the program for the first two nights has showcased a breadth of support and degree of unity of purpose rarely seen among Democrats.  The Party’s platform, which …

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Trump’s Irregular Orders

Update 463 — Trump’s Irregular Orders:What’s Done and What’s Left to Congress You can perhaps understand the frustration. Fractured Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won’t — and can’t — get a Corona relief/stimulus bill larger than a thimble through the Senate. Trump watches helplessly as the prospect of a swift and sizeable fiscal shot of stimulus …

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What Price for Democracy?

Update 461 — What Price for Democracy?The Costs of Accommodating to COVID The 2020 primary season is nearly done, a season of voting amid COVID. The experience has prepared the country for the adjustments and accommodations needed to conduct fair and legitimate elections in the fall. Problems old and new abound, from long and distanced …

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