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The killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi is seen as part of the U.S. and Israel's shadow war aimed at dismantling Iran's nuclear weapons program. LA Times
VOA VIEW: If Israel had a target, it would not take years.
The Justice Department on Monday moved to dismiss the criminal case against former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn and released the text of President Trump’s Wednesday pardon order. The pardon document expansively shields Flynn from “any and all possible offenses arising from the facts set forth … or that might arise, or be... New York Post
Several prominent Republican senators indicated Neera Tanden could face an "uphill battle" when she seeks confirmation.
VOA VIEW: The importance of having a Republican lead Senate.
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President Trump's special adviser on coronavirus issues has reportedly resigned from his post. Dr. Scott Atlas, whose employment status was set to expire this week anyway, sent a note dated Dec. 1 to Mr. Trump, Washington Times
Presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden's national security adviser has held favorable views of the Hillary Clinton campaign-financed dossier that proved to be highly inaccurate with its various felony allegations against President Trump. Jake Sullivan, who served as the Clinton campaign's senior policy adviser, attended a postelection meeting in February 2017 ... Washington Times
Several GOP state lawmakers have filed 12 articles of impeachment against Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, over their fellow Republican's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The articles, which were filed by Rep. John Becker, accuse Mr. DeWine of numerous abuses of power in the past several months, including threats to veto ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Sad news, but DeWine must go.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Monday his office is probing allegations of voter fraud in the Peach State, even as he continues to defend the results of the Nov. 3 election. There are about 250 cases being examined, according to The Associated Press, but a spokesperson ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Let the facts prevail.
Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine could be the second vaccine to receive the Food and Drug Administration's emergency use authorization. ABC
VOA VIEW: Trump is keeping another promise.
At a bare minimum, lawmakers need to pass a stopgap spending bill. ABC
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Iowa officials are expected to certify a Republican candidate as a six-vote winner for an open seat in the U.S. House, in what is shaping up to be the closest congressional election in decades ABC
The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes fell for the second straight month as lack of available homes continue to stifle house hunters ABC
VOA VIEW: The Biden win is making many uncertain.
President Donald Trump's sweeping order to exclude all undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census faced skepticism Monday from a majority on the U.S. Supreme Court. ABC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
There's one publicly known investigation that could lead to criminal charges for Mr. Trump, and it's led by a district attorney whose office is up for grabs. CBS
VOA VIEW: Liberal media stupidity.
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Alex Azar says Moderna and Pfizer vaccines may receive FDA approval and be ready for use before Christmas. CBS
The United States reported more than 4 million coronavirus cases in November alone. CBS
"I felt it was too much control over who I am," recounts one employee who was challenged on her hairstyle. CBS
VOA VIEW: More black ignorance.
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Loopholes in a CDC moratorium for evictions mean many renters are still losing their homes. CBS
U.S. stock futures rose on Monday night after the major averages notched sharp monthly gains for November. CNBC
President-elect Joe Biden announced on Monday several nominees and appointments for the incoming administration's top economic posts. CNBC
Congress faces a Dec. 11 deadline to avoid a government shutdown, and has to decide whether to pass another coronavirus stimulus bill. CNBC
VOA VIEW: How is Biden going to clean up this economic crises?
Arizona and Wisconsin's declaration of wins for Joe Biden damage efforts by President Donald Trump to reverse his projected loss in the Electoral College. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Not good for now.
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Millions of jobless people may not be receiving the full payments they are owed, a government watchdog report released Monday found. CNN
VOA VIEW: Time will show the proof.
President-elect Joe Biden enters the month of December with a question still looming over one of the most critical decisions in his Cabinet: Who will he nominate to be Secretary of Defense? CNN
VOA VIEW: Biden is having a hard time making good choices.
The Justice Department on Monday released a copy of President Donald Trump's pardon of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and formally asked a federal court to dismiss the case against him. CNN
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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan plans to sign a new city budget that will reduce the police budget by 18% despite homicides reaching highs not seen in at least over a decade. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Seattle made a major mistake.
The current policy of non-cooperation prevents law enforcement from alerting immigration authorities when releasing an undocumented person from prison, even if there is an outstanding order for deportation. FOX News
TikTok users helped to identify the hospital the user worked at and reported her for her flagrant disregard. FOX News
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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.