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The New York Times: Trump’s Legal Farce Is Having Tragic Results

By Richard L. Hasen Even as the campaign lawsuits brought by President Trump over the 2020 election enter their death throes, many people continue to worry that Mr. Trump will find three Republican legislatures to magically snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. They are concerned that he will pull off an antidemocratic hat trick through maneuvers…
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November 23, 2020
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Wall Street Journal: Trump Campaign Wants States to Override Electoral Votes for Biden. Is That Possible?

By Deanna Paul The Trump campaign is pursuing a strategy to have Republican-run legislatures in battleground states override results favoring President-elect Joe Biden, in an unprecedented bid to alter the outcome of the election. The effort has targeted states such as Michigan, where Mr. Biden is ahead by 156,000 votes but the legislature is controlled…
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November 21, 2020
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Just Security: Navigating a Contested Election, the Electoral Count Act and 12th Amendment: How to Ensure a Fully Counted Outcome

This article was conceived well prior to its publication date of October 7, 2020. It has been made available to political leaders, but was held back from general distribution in deference to a concern that it might discourage the vote or give a patina of legitimacy to the disruptive tactics discussed. Regrettably, the conduct of…
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November 20, 2020
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CBS News’ Weekend Roundup with Alison Keyes

We begin with the Covid-19 pandemic as the daily number of new coronavirus cases passes the 150-thousand mark for the first time. CBS's David Begnaud with more. CBS News Medical Contributor Dr. David Agus joins Allison to speak about exciting Covid-19 medical advances this week, including a new vaccine from Pfizer the company says is…
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November 13, 2020
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Campaign Legal Center: Statement by Republican Trevor Potter on Attempts to Undermine the Integrity of the 2020 Election

Americans should ignore the anxiety-inducing rhetoric of this evening’s news conference and remember President Trump lacks legal authority to circumvent our nation’s election procedures WASHINGTON – Trevor Potter, President of Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a Republican former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, and former General Counsel to John McCain’s presidential campaigns, released the following statement…
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November 6, 2020
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Gary Hart: The Cure at Troy

By Gary Hart Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize poet laureate, and late-in-life classicist, translated a play by Sophocles entitled Philoctetes.  He called it The Cure at Troy. It is the story of a Greek warrior en route to Troy to join his countrymen in their epic siege at Troy.  Their ship stopped at a small island…
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November 3, 2020
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The Bulwark: Voter Suppression and Civic Vice

By Gary Hart Though too many Americans cannot define a republic, even while saluting “the flag for which it stands,” much continues to be written about Benjamin Franklin’s ominous warning when he was asked about the results of the Constitutional Convention: “A republic . . . if you can keep it.” From republican Rome onward,…
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October 31, 2020
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The Wall Street Journal: Lawyers Prepare for Court Battles in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin

The Republican and Democratic parties have poured legal resources into three swing states where litigation could slow the tally of millions of mail-in ballots By Deanna Paul Democrats, Republicans and voting-rights groups are readying for postelection legal battles in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin—closely contested states where the late tallying of absentee ballots could result in…
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October 31, 2020