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The presidential election comes down to these 9 states
Here's a look at the nine states that will likely decide who wins the presidential election. Florida With 29 electoral votes up for grabs, Florida is the largest of the traditional battlegrounds. Twenty years ago, it was the state that decided the presidential election between then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore. President Bush won the state by five points in his 2004 reelection. President Barack Obama carried the state by razor-thin margins in both 2008 and 2012. Then, four years ago, Trump narrowly edged out 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
It does not take an astute observer to see how elites in the media, Hollywood, the federal bureaucracy, academia, international institutions, foreign policy establishment and Silicon Valley are united in their opposition to President Donald Trump. His brazenly offensive persona and unabashed assault on the status quo have created mass uncertainty during a pandemic. Even from a conservative point of view, it is understandable that this intersectional rancor, a trans-partisan alliance of sorts, would challenge Trump.
But Trump is just one man, and in their frenzy to remove him from office, these interests are jettisoning their principles for what they believe is the greater good. Embracing an ends-justify-the-means mentality to defeat the always-Machiavellian Trump may yield a favorable result next week at the ballot box. But the long-term ramifications could be more harmful to liberal democracy than anything the president could accomplish.
How South Carolina became one of 2020’s most unexpected Senate battlegrounds
The historically Republican state is now considered a toss-up.In a state where no Democrat has won a Senate seat for more than two decades, former South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison has fielded an incredibly strong challenge to incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham, a high-profile Trump ally. Although early polling had Harrison lagging Graham by as much as 17 percentage points in February, recent surveys have the two lawmakers in a statistical tie.
In the past few weeks, Big Tech entities have censored a salacious story about the contents of Hunter Biden's laptop because they believe it hurts his father's chances to win the presidency. Facebook communications director Andy Stone said his platform would censor the article regardless of its truthfulness. Even though the former vice president and his troubled son have not denied the legitimacy of the laptop contents released by the New York Post and other outlets, prestigious journalists have done the work of the Biden campaign, speculating without evidence that it was a Russian disinformation operation.
Some maverick left-wing journalists, such as Matt Taibbi, Michael Tracey and Glenn Greenwald, have posited that the media response to the Biden leaks is the real scandal. While Hunter's suspect foreign deals and his father's potential knowledge of those acts are certainly newsworthy, they are probably not much of a game-changer for the race. Tech companies' response reveals a more insidious threat to our democracy. It shows the rise of a political elite who are happy to control information and act as a de facto truth commission for the public for whom they harbor a growing contempt.
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One particularly troubling statement reveals the extent of the decline of the Fourth Estate. In a Washington Post op-ed, professor Thomas Rid wrote, "We must treat the Hunter Biden leaks as if they were a foreign intelligence operation—even if they probably aren't."
Rid is not a partisan hack by any means. He is an academic with the most substantial credentials. He works as a professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. His point of view is seemingly ubiquitous throughout major American institutions. Journalistic inquiry must be abandoned if the corporate-appointed stewards of the written word do not like the impact its findings may have on the masses' minds. These elite actors have internalized the axiom of "ignorance is strength," allowing their hostility toward Russia and other rationalizations to jettison longstanding principles.
Trump’s constant attacks on Kristen Welker show he doesn’t expect the debate to go well
The Trump campaign has been whining about anything and everything related to the second presidential debate.That’s why in the lead-up to Thursday’s second and final debate between Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Trump has preemptively attacked moderator Kristen Welker of NBC almost every day. That’s why his campaign has made such a big fuss over the debate topics and the addition of a mute button designed at making the debate more watchable than the first one was thanks to Trump’s antics. And that’s why they’ve seemed to be spinning a bad showing before the debate has even happened.
Some commentators, such as Michael Anton of the Claremont Institute, have theorized that Democrats are attempting to turn the election into a color revolution against Trump. The suggestion has proved controversial, and has even caused Anton to receive an ominous death threat from a think-tank official. They allege that Democrats set the stage by creating organizations, staffed with liberal operatives posing as nonpartisan and independent, to influence popular narratives regarding the vote.
Take for example the Transition Integrity Project (TIP), which is run by longtime Democratic operative Rosa Brooks and filled with a "bipartisan" group of Republicans and Democrats, all of whom not-so-coincidentally share a hatred of Trump. Before she rebranded herself as a crusader for protecting elections, Brooks was openly outlining ways to remove Trump from office—even floating the idea of a military coup—only a week after his inauguration. More recently, Brooks wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post last month discussing the results of TIP's "war game" simulation of the election—predicting that unless Biden won big, his supporters would bring "street-level violence and political crisis."
A second Trump term would mean severe and irreversible changes in the climate
No joke: It would be disastrous on the scale of millennia.During the final presidential debate Thursday night, both candidates were asked how they would combat climate change and support job growth. President Donald Trump offered few specifics, merely saying that that, “We have the Trillion Trees program. We have so many different programs. I do love the environment.
In that scenario, the Democrats in the TIP's war game prepared to take unconventional measures to remove Trump from office. Influential Democratic operative John Podesta, playing Biden, refused to concede the election after losing. He then called for Wisconsin and Michigan to send pro-Biden electors, nullifying the vote, with blue states threatening secession to remove Trump from office regardless of the decision made by the American people.
Now, imagine if a group of predominantly Republican operatives had done the same before President Obama could be elected in 2008. Imagine if they had staged a lobbying effort warning that Obama's win might not be legitimate and that, under their predictive analysis, he would cause widespread violence if he won. And imagine if some of the most powerful corporations and highly respected journalists in the world defiantly refused to report on potentially damning details connected to his Republican opponent.
What would that look like? Would such a string of events invoke cries of fascism from the Left? If the shoe were on the other foot, would Democrats be okay with such obscene gaslighting and hypocrisy?
The idea that the operations against Trump constitute a color revolution may be a bit far-fetched. But it seems likely that the various institutions supporting Biden are working together to fight an adversary they all loathe for practical reasons. Trump's policies are inherently destructive to the status quo, and the institutional powers that stand to lose out amidst the chaos are likely opposing him out of self-interest.
However, in a desperate rush to defeat Trump, these interests have overstepped their bounds and engaged in behavior that imperils our republic. Suppose their combined efforts are successful, but result in the permanent loss of free speech, reputable journalism, checks and balances and other core American values. Is the victory worth it? That cure may be worse than the disease.
Gavin Wax is president of the New York Young Republican Club, chair of the Association of Young Republican Clubs, digital director for the Young Republican National Federation, an associate fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and a frequent guest on Fox News. You can follow him on Twitter at @GavinWax.
The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.
The Democracy Activists Who Love Trump .
Despite his own assault on democratic norms, the president is lauded in parts of Asia for his hawkishness toward China.Chin isn’t an American shock jock, though. In fact, he doesn’t even live in the United States. He is, instead, an early and prominent advocate of Hong Kong’s prodemocracy movement: His 2011 book, On the Hong Kong City-State, was a formative text for the localist movement, which seeks to promote and protect Hong Kong’s identity and way of life, separate from that of mainland China. Chin, a former professor, peppered his opinions with historical references to ancient Chinese dynasties and arcane tidbits from folk tales.