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The assassination of a top nuclear scientist comes at a fragile moment for Iran's government, which must balance calls for vengeance even as it waits for Biden to take office. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Iran should play in down.
Joe Biden needed this like he needs another hole in his head. Come to think of it, that’s pretty much what Bill Barr has given him. The Attorney General revealed Tuesday that he appointed federal prosecutor John Durham as a special counsel to allow him to continue investigating how the Obama-Biden administration weaponized the FBI... New York Post
Health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities should be the first in line to get the coronavirus vaccine, a panel of medical experts that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The 15-member Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend giving priority to the two groups — who encompass some... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Reasonable vote.
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The allegations, provided without credible evidence of widespread fraud or misconduct, have been rebuffed in courts in other states.
A top Georgia elections official on Tuesday lashed out angrily at the rhetoric surrounding the election and the threats of violence that have resulted, specifically calling on President Donald Trump to rein in his supporters. Gabriel Sterling is a Republican who oversaw the implementation of the state's new ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Time will tell the truth.
Attorneys for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and representatives of Nevada’ six Electoral College delegates for President-elect Joe Biden inspected voting materials Tuesday at the main Clark County elections office in suburban Las Vegas. The visit to the ballot-counting center in North Las Vegas came ahead ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The facts are ...
Alabama Republican Rep. Mike Rogers is expected to replace Rep. Mac Thornberry, Texas Republican, as the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. Mr. Rogers was elected to the top Republican position on the panel Tuesday by the House GOP Steering Committee, over Rep. Mike Turner, Ohio Republican, according ... Washington Times
In a veiled swing at President-elect Joe Biden's education plans, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday blasted the push for free college as a "socialist takeover of higher education" that could damage the nation's economy. Speaking at an online conference hosted by the Education Department's Federal Student Aid office, DeVos ... Washington Times
A Trump campaign lawyer has called for fired DHS election security official Chris Krebs to be "shot at dawn." ABC
VOA VIEW: The entire truth should be told.
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President Donald Trump has raised roughly $170 million since his Election Day defeat, a sum garnered through a nonstop stream of solicitations that have falsely claimed the election was stolen while requesting contributions for an “election defense fund.” ABC
Republicans are calling on the Democratic chairwoman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission to resign ABC
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, he would.
Ninety of these groups have received more than $1B in tax-deductible donations over the last decade. CBS
In a Facebook live stream with Mark Zuckerberg, Fauci said Americans should be vaccinated if they want to be "part of the solution" to the pandemic. CBS
VOA VIEW: Very few believe or trust Fauci.
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Several of Mr. Biden's expected nominees would break barriers if confirmed by the Senate. CBS
Some conservatives say Facebook and Twitter have left them feeling "ostracized." Now, they're turning to sites criticized for allowing misinformation and promoting violence. CBS
VOA VIEW: Better and more fair - by Facebook.
Many states skimped on jobless aid to self-employed and gig workers, a government watchdog found. CBS
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Bipartisan lawmakers are pushing a new stimulus plan as Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell have made no progress on a coronavirus relief bill. CNBC
The coronavirus pandemic has given a number of tech companies, and prominent Silicon Valley figures, an excuse to exit California. CNBC
U.S. stocks jumped on Tuesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average kicking off December by adding to its historic rally from November. CNBC
Rep. Mike Kelly's request comes after Pennyslvania Gov. Tom Wolf already has certified that the Joe Biden won the state over President Donald Trump. CNBC
The Treasury secretary cited portions of the law that said he didn't have the authority to allow Fed programs to run past the end of 2020. CNBC
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Neera Tanden's Center for American Progress and its political arm have raised millions from those with ties to Wall Street and Silicon Valley. CNBC
Attorney General William Barr appointed Connecticut US Attorney John Durham to act as special counsel investigating whether intelligence and law enforcement violated the law in investigating the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. CNN
President-elect Joe Biden's hopes of reviving the Iran nuclear deal may already be coming undone. CNN
VOA VIEW: Not going to happen.
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Gun violence continues to plague Chicago streets with the city seeing a significant uptick in shootings and murders compared to last year. FOX News
A disproportionately large number of poor and minority students were not in schools for assessments this fall, complicating efforts to measure the pandemic’s effects on some of the most vulnerable students, a not-for-profit company that administers standardized testing said Tuesday. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The facts show the stupidity of Dems.
China called for the release of Huawei's chief financial officer on the two-year anniversary of her arrest at Vancouver International Airport. UPI
VOA VIEW: Wait for Bidden - may cost a million to Hunter.
American holiday shoppers spent close to $11 billion this year for Cyber Monday, a record for most digital sales in a single day. UPI
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The electoral college is a must to keep. One must read to the end of The Washington Post’s recent editorial headlined “Abolish the Electoral College,” before hitting on the real reason the paper’s editors want to upend the long-standing constitutional institution. “Mr. Trump’s election was a sad event for the nation,” notes the Post, “his re-election would have been a calamity.”
Maybe, maybe not. That’s a matter of partisan perspective. Those who are genuinely concerned about the future of American governance would be calling to strengthen institutions that provide political stability, not destroy them. But when your concerns about “American democracy” are really just a euphemism for partisan power grabs, you end up making lots of sloppy arguments.
Like so: “It is alarming that a candidate came so close to winning while polling more than 5 million fewer votes than his opponent nationwide. The Electoral College, whatever virtues it may have had for the Founding Fathers, is no longer tenable for American democracy.”
The fact that the Electoral College doesn’t align with the “popular vote” isn’t alarming; it is the point. If the Electoral College synchronized with the outcome of the direct democratic national vote tally every election, it wouldn’t need to exist. It isn’t a loophole; it is a bulwark.
The Electoral College exists to diffuse the very thing the Post claims is most beneficial: the “overbearing majority,” as James Madison put it. If majoritarianism is truly always the best means of deciding an issue, then the Post would support a mere majority of states being able to overturn the First Amendment or decide abortion policy.
But if states still matter, then the Electoral College’s “virtues” are far stronger today, in an era when federalism is ignored and Americans are more likely to cluster in urban areas, than it was in the founding generation, when Washington was largely powerless. It is one of the institutions that makes a “democracy” tenable in a truly diverse and sprawling nation.