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Who formally declares the winner of the US presidential election?

BY: - October 2, 2020

With the U.S. presidential election rapidly approaching at a time of extraordinary political and social disruption, the possibility of an unclear or contested result is coming under scrutiny. Unlike many other countries, where the president or prime minister is chosen by direct popular vote, in the U.S., a candidate may win the popular vote and […]

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Election violence in November? Here’s what the research says

BY: - October 1, 2020

After Kenya’s 2007 election, as incumbent President Mwai Kibaki declared victory, the opposition alleged the election had been rigged. A wave of protests, riots and ethnic violence followed. As many as 1,500 citizens were killed and another 600,000 forcibly displaced. As the U.S. presidential election draws near, many have expressed concern that a similar scenario […]

Cleveland debate: Fact checking claims from Trump, Biden

BY: - September 30, 2020

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden squared off in their first General Election debate in Cleveland on Tuesday night. There were plenty of fireworks throughout the night, most coming from the debate stage and not from Progressive Field three miles away. (Sorry, Indians fans.) Here is a look at several claims with […]

Biden says he’ll support election outcome but Trump urges supporters to ‘watch very carefully’

BY: - September 29, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pledged Tuesday night to accept the outcome of the election, while President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “watch very carefully” what happens as voters cast their general-election ballots. Those comments were in response to a question at the first presidential debate from debate moderator and Fox News anchor Chris […]

Trump tells far-right group to ‘stand back and stand by’ in presidential debate

BY: - September 29, 2020

President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Tuesday night’s chaotic and messy presidential debate were each asked how they would deal with the nation’s institutional racism. Trump directly addressed a far-right group, the Proud Boys, telling them to “stand back and stand by,” and failed to answer a question about why Americans should […]

Trump and Biden quarrel over mask mandates and state shutdowns in first presidential debate

BY: - September 29, 2020

The two men vying to become the next president offered a stark contrast to voters on face mask requirements and on how soon state economies should reopen amid the pandemic, just two of many areas where they squabbled during Tuesday’s contentious and often chaotic first debate. The exchange between President Donald Trump and former Vice […]

Trump says he’ll announce Supreme Court pick by Friday or Saturday

BY: - September 22, 2020

President Donald Trump said Monday that he would announce a replacement for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by either Friday or Saturday. During a morning interview on “Fox and Friends,” the president said the administration wanted to pay its respects to Ginsburg, who died Friday night from complications with cancer, before announcing a nominee later […]

‘Operation Grant’ looks to turn Republican voters against Trump

BY: - September 11, 2020

One speaker after another offered a scathing rebuke of Donald Trump. The president is an “incompetent sociopath.” He uses “vile and despicable language.” And he’s the wrong leader in these “dangerous times.” These comments did not come from Democrats and liberals, but rather from a group of lifelong Republicans who are straying from the party […]

2020 Elections: Campaigns turn to Facebook ads in reaching supporters

BY: - September 9, 2020

In the digital age, political candidates have new opportunities to advertise their campaigns using social media. Candidates use Facebook advertising to introduce themselves to voters and attack their opponents. Others use it to promote their fundraising efforts — with posts offering a convenient link to campaign websites in a more interactive way than what TV […]

Fact-checking Trump’s claims on voting by mail and drop boxes

BY: - September 1, 2020

Sitting in his office above downtown Columbus, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose took to social media to set the record straight. He played a video clip that falsely implied Ohio mail-in ballots would be at risk of getting tossed aside by partisan postal workers. “Absolutely not true,” LaRose said, delving into a string of […]

Sen. Brown says Dems will overcome challenge of reaching voters during pandemic

BY: - August 31, 2020

The political conventions have come and gone. In a normal presidential election year, the candidates would spend the fall touring the country, making sure to spend plenty of time in the swing state of Ohio. That won’t be the case this year, but U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Friday he is confident his party will […]

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The health care long game: Biden, Harris, and Medicare for All

BY: - August 27, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate has meant different things to differently situated liberals and progressives. But as regards health care, the message is clear.  Harris’s presidential run failed in large part because she couldn’t stake out a coherent place in a crowded field of health care […]