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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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September 4, 2020

Were the Lockdowns a Mistake? By Michael Barone

To that nagging question, the answer increasingly seems to be yes.

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September 4, 2020

Why DC Statehood Is a Suicidal Gamble By Patrick J. Buchanan

When U.S. cities erupted after the death of George Floyd, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was in the vanguard of the protests, renaming a section of downtown Black Lives Matter Plaza, and painting the name in letters on the street so huge they could be seen from space.

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September 3, 2020

When Democrats Act Like COVID Is A Crisis, I’ll Believe It’s A Crisis By Brian C. Joondeph

Watch what people do, not what they say. Politicians who say one thing and do another are called hypocrites, but perhaps they have inside knowledge that the average person does not possess.

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September 3, 2020

Presidential Expectations and the Race for the House By Kyle Kondik

That the public is less confident in Biden’s chances than the polls could have a down-ballot impact; 14 House rating changes.

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— Perceptions of the presidential race could have some impact down the ballot.

— Ticket-splitting is on the decline, but plenty of voters will vote for different parties for president and House, perhaps to the benefit of candidates from both parties.

— We are making 14 House rating changes, 10 in favor of Democrats and four in favor of Republicans. The changes don’t really impact our overall House assessment, which is that we are not expecting much net change in the makeup of the House.

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September 2, 2020

A Better President By John Stossel

The media obsess about Trump/Biden, but another candidate will be on every state ballot: Libertarian Party nominee Jo Jorgensen.

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September 1, 2020

Plight of Laid-Off American Workers Nothing to Celebrate By Michelle Malkin

American workers across the wage scale are hurting. Small-business owners across the country are fighting for their survival. Young people face more uncertainty than ever about their futures and ability to put food on the table.

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September 1, 2020

Trump Will Win by Giving Them Hell By Stephen Moore

President Donald Trump isn't the first incumbent president to run for reelection facing a deficit in the late summer polls. At this stage of the election cycle in 1948, no one thought Democrat Harry Truman had a prayer of winning as he sank in the polls.

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September 1, 2020

Where Will All These War Games Lead? By Patrick J. Buchanan

In northeast Syria last week, a U.S. military vehicle collided with a Russian armored vehicle, injuring four American soldiers.

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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 28, 2020

Is Biden Ceding the Law-and-Order Issue? By Patrick J. Buchanan

Is Joe Biden forfeiting the law-and-order issue to Donald Trump?

So it would seem.

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August 28, 2020

Trump's Republicans Scoring on Issues Democrats Wouldn't Mention By Michael Barone

You know the first two nights of the Republicans' virtual national convention have gone well when you see that Politico's morning Playbook leads with a lame joke about the U.S. Postal Service hiring a new lobbyist, aimed at reviving the post office non-scandal. Ho, ho, ho!

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August 27, 2020

States of Play: North Carolina By J. Miles Coleman and Bennett Stillerman

KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE

— After President Obama’s narrow win there in 2008, light red North Carolina has proved elusive for Democrats — but it remains a target for both sides.

— North Carolina’s politics are increasingly shaped by its growing bloc of unaffiliated voters.

— Over the past decade, North Carolina’s traditional east-west divide has evolved into more of an urban-rural split — a pattern seen in many other states.

— In a state known for volatile Senate races, 2020’s contest should be true to form,  and further down the ballot, voters will weigh in on several statewide races.

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August 26, 2020

BLM's Perpetual Fake Outrage Cycle By Michelle Malkin

Here we go again: Manufacture. Rinse. Repeat.

Everyone knows the cycle. Everyone knows it ends with false and incomplete narratives eventually being debunked by actual facts. Everyone knows that the racial mythmakers and political opportunists end up with fame, wealth and glory -- but never any criminal punishments or moral accountability.

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August 26, 2020

Big Spending Trump By John Stossel

Last week, I tallied Joe Biden's spending plans. This week, President Trump's.

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August 25, 2020

A Tale of Two Tax Cuts By Stephen Moore

Democrats keep attacking President Donald Trump's idea of a payroll tax cut for 140 million American workers. At the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden said it would endanger Social Security. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York rejects the tax cut as "unworkable." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismisses the plan as a "tax cut for major corporations."

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August 25, 2020

A Most Consequential Presidency By Patrick J. Buchanan

As Donald Trump is about to be nominated for a second term, how his presidency has already altered the orientation of his party is on display.

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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 21, 2020

Blue and Red America Differences Could Hurt Democrats By Michael Barone

Give Politico's chief Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza, some credit. After Michelle Obama's speech capping the first night of the Democrats' virtual convention, he tweeted: "Story of an era in two convention speeches: Barack 04: 'There's not a black America and white America . ... there's the United States of America.' Michelle 20: 'my message won't be heard by some people' because 'we live in a nation that is deeply divided.'"

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August 21, 2020

Will the Catholic Bishops Call Out Joe? By Patrick J. Buchanan

As a cradle Catholic and recipient of Notre Dame's Laetare Medal, Joe Biden is outspoken in declaring that the principles and beliefs of his Catholic faith guide his public life.