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Voter fraud and the mail-in method

Presidential elections are typically nerve-wracking affairs, and the usual advice for nail-biters is to trust the system. But maybe not this time. Considering the depths of deceit plumbed by Donald Trump’s adversaries who have attempted unsuccessfully to upend his presidency, there is reason to suspect underhanded efforts are afoot to thwart his re-election. Law-abiding voters should keep a sharp eye on the electoral process to ensure that both the Republican president — and his Democratic opponent Joe Biden receive every legitimate ballot, and not one more.

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A Panther goes down: For Luis Moreno Jr., principle is more important than profit

The corporate world of professional sports is a sad place these days. And perhaps it has always been so, but now the public is better attuned to the hypocrisy with which decisions are made. The National Basketball Association and Nike, for instance, are happy to provide a platform for the ugliest critiques of America, while happily ignoring the genocide their financial overlords, the Chinese, currently carry out on the Uyghur population.

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Mixing football with politics is a mistake

Professional football has opened its pandemic-era season over the past few days and by the looks of it, America's favorite sport has flubbed the kickoff. If games played in nearly empty stadiums to minimize coronavirus exposure weren't dismal enough, the league has apparently decided to sponsor "wokeball." Attempting to mix pigskin and politics is a mistake, though, and Americans are choosing to punt.

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Out of sight, out of mind: Virginia Democrats go virtual to enact a radical agenda

Professional Democracy-watchers — that group of people who yell from the top of every bell-tower in America that President Trump has eroded nearly every civic norm holding our country together — have been silent about what's going on in Richmond, Virginia, where the Democrat-led House of Delegates recently voted to conduct their legislative affairs "virtually." As in over the Internet, not in person and not even in Mr. Jefferson's Capitol.

FILE - In this April 29, 2017, file photo journalist Bob Woodward sits at the head table during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington. Woodward, facing widespread criticism for only now revealing President Donald Trump's early concerns about the severity of the coronavirus, told The Associated Press that he needed time to be sure that Trump's private comments from February were accurate. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Donald Trump sails recklessly into Bob Woodward's 'Rage'

Plato had Socrates. Henry VIII had Thomas Cromwell — for a while. Donald Trump, alas, has had no one able keep him on course. As president, Mr. Trump is supremely confident of his ability to manhandle any interlocutor and, apparently, won't harken to wise counsel advising caution. He has now bared his unguarded thoughts to Bob Woodward, the siren of Washington who has spent two generations enticing commanders-in-chief to wreck their fortunes on the sharp edges of his reporting. Someone should hide the president's phone.

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Forced apologies for 'White privilege' is un-American

Tops in the extremist strategy for transforming U.S. culture is the effort to convince the 63% of Americans born with a light complexion that they are guilty of the secular sin of "White privilege." Condemning a whole class of people based on their skin color, rather than their conduct, is the very definition of racism. For that reason, the undertaking is un-American and deserves to be discarded.

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The skinny on beating coronavirus

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It's time to turn off NPR

Earlier this summer, James Bennet, editorial page editor of The New York Times, resigned from his post after internal and public outcry over his decision to allow an op-ed by sitting U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton arguing for military intervention as a response to the recent riots. The paper's publisher, A.G. Sulzberger, noted that a "significant breakdown in our editing process" had occurred, adding that both he and Mr. Bennet "concluded that James would not be able to lead the team through the next leg of change that is required."

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Race-baiters are reframing American history with falsehood

Above the din of protests surging across 2020 America echoes the conviction that systemic racism is everywhere, and peace won't prevail until it is finally expunged. The notion that racism is ingrained in our culture has become the dogma of this era, not only among angry Blacks, but also young Whites attempting to authenticate their "wokeness" by joining them in the streets. It is a myth, though, untethered from fact.