From the daily archives: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

One group of voters knew what was at stake, showed up in record numbers, and elected reality television star Donald Trump President of the United States. The 2016 Election is a crowning achievement for white evangelicals as this victory looks likely to have an impact on American law for decades after the Trump presidency comes to its conclusion.

White evangelicals have had their eye on the long-game battle for control over the Supreme Court of the United States since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and they won. Republicans in U.S. Congress took a gamble that they could get away with […]

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For the first 18 years of my life I lived in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania,  a tiny  coal mining place about 45 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.  I played on the American Legion baseball team and my happiest moment was when we were given a blue jacket with a red stripe on the sleeves. I wore it everywhere.   My father was an auto mechanic working with his brother in a modest garage built by their  mother, a Syrian immigrant.  Dad also sold a few cars, old and new, mainly to Polish miners and priests from Transfiguration Church just up the road.  When […]

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On Election Day, she won.* But then, she lost.*

No, even though Hillary Clinton received the most votes, she won’t become the first female President of the United States. It* happened to us yet again.

In the good old USA, by necessity we have to use the term popular vote rather than a simpler term: vote.

For the fifth time since the end of the Federalist Era, the person who won the popular vote lost the election. In the commentary offered by the punditocracy since election night, several media sages have pointed out that this country is the only place […]

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