Joe Biden: Why the former vice president’s national lead matters

Let’s state it up front: winning the popular vote means nothing in and of itself. You only become president if you win the Electoral College.

That said, the national polling matters a lot. We have a ton of it, unlike in a number of swing states. It’s more accurate than the state polling on average. Most importantly, we have a fairly good idea of what Biden’s margin needs to be nationally in order to win in the Electoral College.

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The mass trauma events of 9/11 and Covid-19

The coronavirus pandemic may be the most significant mass trauma event of the decade, and it’s drawing parallels with another significant trauma — the September 11, 2001, attacks. The events of 9/11 have much to teach us about the impact of trauma.

Does trauma impact us in the same way regardless of its source? Will our recovery journey be the same? What causes some trauma to forge human connection while other trauma destroys it?

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Supreme Court: John Roberts sides with liberals to block controversial Louisiana abortion law

he 5-4 ruling is a win for supporters of abortion rights who argued that the law was not medically necessary and amounted to a veiled attempt to restrict abortion.
The majority opinion was penned by Justice Stephen Breyer, who wrote that the majority “consequently hold that the Louisiana statute is unconstitutional.”

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Protesters describe the police brutality they’ve faced while protesting police brutality

At demonstration after demonstration, officers have met peaceful protesters, who are condemning the police killing of George Floyd — and police violence more broadly — with disproportionate and brutal force, often for no reason but to “disperse” a crowd. It’s an approach that’s only illustrated how quick police can be to use violent tactics, particularly against black individuals.

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Trump announces plan for return to campaign rallies and ‘racially charged’ doesn’t begin to cover it

ississippi, as Trump’s effort to acknowledge the history of racism and reach out to Black voters. Which seems … unlikely to go well, especially with Trump in front of a rally crowd, the exact environment in which he often goes on his most vicious rants. The plan was also announced the same day Trump ruled out renaming military bases named after Confederate leaders, so it’s not like he was in the mood for a big turnaround on racism.

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Trump accuses 75-year-old peace advocate assaulted by Buffalo police of being ‘antifa provocateur’

The horrific video of the assault on Gugino does show the long time peace activist walking toward the line of police with something in his hands. That something is very clearly a cell phone. It’s very, very clearly not a “scanner” that can “scan police communication in order to black out the equipment,” because there is no such thing. 

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Some GOP Heavyweights Won’t Vote To Reelect Trump: Report

Republican Voters Against Trump is lashing out against what’s filling the president’s time during the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide anti-racist protests: “Hiding in a security bunker. Watching his shows. Afraid. Alone. Not a leader, not a president,” says the group’s new ad. “It’s time for a competent president,” the spot concludes. “Let’s elect one.”

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Wisconsin GOP plots to block Dem governor’s power to veto new gerrymanders

Democrats have blasted the GOP’s maneuver as a ploy to circumvent Evers’ veto power by enabling the partisan Republicans who control Wisconsin’s Supreme Court to adopt new gerrymanders. They’ve specifically charged that, under these proposed rules, the Supreme Court majority could draw new districts “without discovery, a trial, or the presentation of any evidence or input by anyone other than partisan politicians.”

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