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This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.

  • Don't Expect a Contested Election

    by Charlie Cook

    A veteran political analyst says the likelihood of an election result close enough to be contested by Donald Trump is diminishing, and compares likely results in House and Senate races to historical patterns.  

  • The Vote Suppression Tipping Point

    Have decades of efforts to stop Democratic constituencies from casting ballots become flagrant enough to inspire revenge by voting? 

  • A Teacher, His Killer and the Failure of French Integration

    The murder of a French social studies teacher who showed his multiethnic class images offensive to Islam illustrates the dilemma of the French policy of secularism, which is beset on one side by complaints that immigrants do not assimilate and on the other by rising xenophobia and racism.

  • How to Steal an Election

    A new documentary, “537 Votes,” takes viewers back to the 2000 Florida recount—and shows how little has changed since then.

  • Trump's Rhetoric Casts Doubt on Election

    For months, President Trump has been casting doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 election and mail-in ballots, even though legal and historical experts say there's no cause for concern.

  • Developments Since My Birth

    by Wallace Shawn

    Wallace Shawn argues Trump has given Americans license to do what they've long wanted to do: abandon the moral obligation of compassion and even the work of paying lip service to it.

  • New York Times, CNN Sullied By ‘Anonymous’ Charade

    by Eric Wemple

    Post media critic Eric Wemple says the media allowed "Anonymous" to float the belief that responsible public servants were checking the worst impulses of the Trump administration when, in fact, they accomplished nothing of the sort.

  • Two Visions of the Suburbs Are on the Ballot. Both Are Myths

    While Donald Trump imagines American suburbia as affluent, homogenous and imperiled by liberal housing policies, Joe Biden ignores the fact that separate suburban municipalities work to segregate Americans by race and class and perpetuate different levels of access to opportunity.