Trump continues long, unfortunate presidential tradition of lies and self deception

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Polonius advises his son departing for his university schooling: “To thine own self be true.”
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Political system must include all our diversity

Our country is watching a historic drama play out in the wake of the uber-contentious 2020 presidential election.
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Hyde-Smith re-elected despite attack ads

Republican Mississippi U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is no stranger to getting her hands dirty. How else could a woman work her way from tending livestock and mucking stockyard stalls to earning a chairmanship in the Mississippi Legislature and later serving as the state’s first female Agriculture Commissioner to effective service in the U.S. Senate (again as the first Mississippi woman to hold that post)?
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Social Security can kicked down road by both parties

American voters occupied themselves during the 2020 presidential and congressional campaign cycle, talking about COVID-19, the Amy Coney Barrett nomination to the Supreme Court, national social justice strife, and an uncertain economy.
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After election, health care looms as same political challenge

When the electioneering bandwagons roll back into the barn and our new leaders assume their duties – regardless of the party in power – health care remains as the immense force on the nation’s political horizon.
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Passions high, but state’s vote numbers reliably red

Like everything else in 2020, the election cycle seems to have been going on for WAY too long. In less than two weeks, the never-ending campaign will have ended.
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Separation of powers: ‘Pack court’ has a long history

Depending on one’s partisan leanings, the latest national furor over so-called “court-packing” started with the failed 2016 Supreme Court nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland. Former President Barack Obama nominated Garland as the successor to the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
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As political debates go, Trump-Biden not wildest I’ve seen

The raucous, at times, incomprehensible first 2020 presidential debate between incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic contender former Vice President Joe Biden was by most bipartisan assessments a dumpster fire in American democracy.
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With Roe v. Wade as the litmus test, expect judicial appointments to be political brawls

Democrats and Republicans alike have strained at gnats to obscure the fact that decisions regarding the naming of a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is about anything more than more impactful than the future of the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion.
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Should voting be convenient?

From microwave popcorn to digital grocery shopping to telemedicine, our citizens worship time and the technology that saves time.
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