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October 16, 2020

Deluge After the Donald? By Ted Rall

Joe Biden enjoys a double-digit lead over incumbent President Donald Trump because he promises a return to normalcy -- not the platonic ideal of objective normalcy in a country that doesn't torture or spy on its citizens or let them starve because their coding chops are a few years out of date. Americans desperately want to resume "normal" political life as Americans knew it before the last four years of manic presidential tweetstorms, authoritarian strongman antics and pandemic pandemonium. As Michigan voter Katybeth Davis told the Guardian, "I just want it to be over with. I really do."

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October 3, 2020

Joe Biden Will Be a Republican President By Ted Rall

Past performance is no guarantee of future returns, but there are few more reliable ways to predict what comes next than to examine the historical record, because, most of the time, history really does repeat itself.

What kind of president would Joe Biden be? His centrist supporters assure progressives that he will be one of them, pushing an aggressive legislative agenda reminiscent of FDR's New Deal. His Republican opponents portray him as a socialist. But Biden hasn't actually promised anything ambitious.

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September 28, 2020

Mail-In Balloting, the 12th Amendment and Impending Doom By Ted Rall

More than 80 million Americans are expected to cast mail-in ballots this fall, representing a 16-fold increase over mail-in ballots in the 2016 election.

This is probably going to cause a constitutional crisis of epic proportions.

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September 19, 2020

If Biden Loses, This Will Be Why By Ted Rall

It would be a stretch to say that Joe Biden is in trouble. He is ahead in the polls, including in states where Donald Trump won last time. Unlike Trump, whose campaign is apparently nearly broke, Biden's campaign is raking in corporate donations.

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September 5, 2020

Never Trump. Never Biden. The Progressive Case for Voting Third Party or Boycotting the Election By Ted Rall

Front and center in the raging debate between liberals and progressives over whether they should support Joe Biden or opt out of the two-party trap by voting third party or not at all is the assumption that Biden would do less harm both to the world and to American leftism than Donald Trump.

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August 29, 2020

The Only Wasted Vote Is a Vote Not for a Third Party By Ted Rall

"Jesus, Ted. All you ever do," some people tell me, "is complain. We get it -- you hate both the Republicans and the Democrats. We don't like them either. But those are the only two parties that have a chance of winning an election. Stop telling us what not to do. Tell us what you think we should do instead."

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August 22, 2020

Never Trump. Never Biden. The Progressive Case for Voting Third Party or Boycotting the Election By Ted Rall

Republicans will vote for President Donald Trump no matter what. Democrats will vote for Joe Biden no matter what. This column is for progressives weighing the pros and cons of succumbing to the two-party trap and voting for Biden.

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August 8, 2020

Delay the Election? Presidents Often Do Things They Can't Do By Ted Rall

The stock response to President Donald Trump's suggestion that the general election might be delayed because voting during a pandemic would involve a record number of mail-in ballots, a format he argues is unreliable and susceptible to fraud, is that he doesn't have that power.

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August 1, 2020

Trump Tries to End the Afghanistan War. Democrats Want to Keep Killing By Ted Rall

Pollsters have observed a consistent enthusiasm gap between supporters of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Any factor that dampens Democratic turnout could contribute to a second come-from-behind victory for the GOP.

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July 25, 2020

10 Reasons I Won't Vote for Biden By Ted Rall

1. My vote is a personal endorsement. It says, "I, citizen Ted Rall, approve of Joe Biden's career in public office." I do not. Voting for Biden would be a retroactive endorsement of his vote to invade Iraq, which killed over 1 million innocent people. Voting for Biden would be a retroactive endorsement of his long history of racism, beginning with his disgusting opposition to court-ordered busing.

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July 18, 2020

Like Trump, Biden Would Be a Right-Wing President By Ted Rall

What would President Joe Biden do? His supporters are making it hard to read the tealeaves.

They say he'd appoint a great Cabinet. But he won't tell us who would be in it.

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July 11, 2020

On Foreign Policy, Biden Is Worse Than Trump By Ted Rall

President Donald Trump is terrible. Joe Biden is just as bad. In some ways, the Democrat is worse.

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July 4, 2020

The Data Is Clear: Progressives Should Boycott Biden By Ted Rall

Once again, the Democratic Party is asking progressives to vote for a presidential nominee who says he disagrees with it about every major issue. This is presented as an offer it cannot refuse. If it casts a protest vote for a third-party candidate like the unionist and environmentalist Howie Hawkins of the Green Party or stays home on that key Tuesday in November, Donald Trump will win a second term -- which would be worse than Biden's first.

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June 27, 2020

Resist Evictions and Foreclosures By Ted Rall

COVID-19 has created the ideal medium for a summer of continuous protest.

Political protests and demonstrations used to be weekend affairs during which angry leftists shouted at empty government offices before shuffling home Sunday afternoon to gear up for the workweek. With 1 out of 4 workers having filed for unemployment and many more working from home, tens of millions of Americans have free time to march in the streets. Sporting events, movie theaters, retail stores and even houses of worship are closed due to the coronavirus lockdown.

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June 20, 2020

Our Politics Need a Culture of Atonement By Ted Rall

Culturally informed by Roman Catholicism's expectation that regret must prompt an apology as well as penance, Western European tradition calls for a rhetorical journey by politicians who claim to have changed course. A chastened leader should explain why and how he came to his previous belief, explain the circumstances that changed his mind and make the case for his new, different policy. He must expend political capital in order to get changes enacted.

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June 6, 2020

Did I or Didn't I Have COVID-19? Blundering Through Unknowable Truths By Ted Rall

Few things are more terrifying than the unknown, as we are discovering as we struggle to navigate, avoid and (if we fail to avoid) survive a mysterious new virus. That goes double when reliable information is hard to come by; it is unquantifiably worse without credible leadership.

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May 30, 2020

What Happens Next in Afghanistan? The Neo-Taliban By Ted Rall

I shouted the text of my latest story about the invasion from a Palm Pilot into a balky Iridium satellite phone. It was at least my third attempt, and the battery was dying. A Village Voice employee assigned to take dictation on the other side of the world interrupted me.

"I don't understand," she said, irritated. "Why don't you just go to Kinko's and email it to us?"

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May 16, 2020

We Need a Centralized Medical System, Too By Ted Rall

The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare two fundamental flaws in the American health care system.

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May 9, 2020

So Far, There Is No Reason Not to Believe Tara Reade By Ted Rall

Did Joe Biden finger-rape Tara Reade in the Capitol in 1993? No one knows but the two of them. (Given the former vice president's obviously fragile mental state, he might not remember.)

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May 2, 2020

Save America. Throw the Landlords Under the Bus By Ted Rall

We can save the economy.

We have to throw the landlords under the bus to do it.