Category Archives: US Elections

USA Elections: Can America Survive The Re-Election Of Donald Trump? – opinion

The 2020 presidential election may be one of the most significant and far-reaching events of the 21st century.

The stakes almost defy comprehension — suggestive less of a competition over who will become the president of the United States, but whether people will vote to either retain the ideals and promises of an already wounded democracy or to sanction a further slide of American society into the abyss of authoritarianism.        Continue reading

USA: Presidential debate: Key takeaways from the Trump-Biden showdown – BBC News

  • US election 2020 – Report from BBC News
Composite image of Donald Trump and Joe Biden debating

Trump vs Biden Debate

The mute button, or at least the threat of it, seemed to work. In the second presidential debate, Donald Trump and Joe Biden candidates were more restrained.

The candidates allowed each other to speak. They used respectful tones. Even when they went on the attack, they did so in a calm, deliberate manner.

After a pugnacious first debate, during which Donald Trump’s constant interruptions may have cost him support in subsequent opinion polls, the president has very visibly dialed down the volume – and it made him a much more effective debater.

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USA Elections: Kamala Harris v Mike Pence: Five takeaways from Vice-President debate – BBC News

Dodging questions and interruptions: While the VP debate was more civil, there were still moments of tension

Vice-presidential debates seldom shake up presidential races, and the face-off between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence on Wednesday night seems destined to be no different.

Both candidates had strong moments, and a few stumbles, over the course of the 90-minute affair. But as far as lasting memories go, they were few and far between.          Continue reading

US ELECTIONS 2020: Six key takeaways from contentious Trump-Biden presidential debate

WASHINGTON — After more than a year of circling each other, Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden met on the debate stage Tuesday night in Ohio.

The 74-year-old president and the 77-year-old former vice president are similar in age, and they share a mutual dislike. But they differ starkly in style and substance. All of that was evident from the outset on the Cleveland stage.            Continue reading

USA Politics: Four Reasons to Doubt Mitch McConnell’s Power – David Frum | The Atlantic

For once, he may be on the wrong side of a power dynamic.

David Frum | The Atlantic

TO USE POWER, YOU MUST HAVE IT. 

On the night of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s deathSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that a Trump nominee to replace Ginsburg would receive a vote on the floor of the Senate.

That announcement promised a use of power without hesitation or compunction, an abrupt reversal of the supposed rule that blocked an Obama nomination nine months before the 2016 election.            Continue reading

USA POLITICS: Trump’s Pre-Election Diplomatic Offensive Glosses Over Awkward Realities – Opinion

The ‘Abraham Accords’ merely make public once-furtive friendships between Israel and Gulf monarchies, while bigger problems remain 

Julian Borger | The Guardian UK

The White House was festooned with the flags of four nations. There were trumpet blasts, multiple signatures on various pieces of paper, and much weighty talk about blood and history – everything you might expect from a peace deal.

AND NOT JUST ANY PEACE DEAL. The agreements signed in Washington on Tuesday were titled the Abraham Accords, implying an epochal reconciliation between Judaism, Islam and Christianity, three faiths with shared Middle East ancestry.                 Continue reading

USA POLITICS: The Platform the GOP is Too Scared To Publish – By David Frum |The Atlantic

What the Republican Party actually stands for, in 13 points

David Frum | The Atlantic

REPUBLICANS HAVE DECIDED NOT TO PUBLISH A PARTY PLATFORM FOR 2020. 

This omission has led some to conclude that the GOP lacks ideas, that it stands for nothing, that it has shriveled to little more than a TRUMP CULT. 

THIS CONCLUSION IS WRONG. The Republican Party of 2020 has lots of ideas. I’m about to list 13 ideas that command almost universal assent within the Trump administration, within the Republican caucuses of the U.S. House and Senate, among governors and state legislators, on Fox News, and among rank-and-file Republicans.      Continue reading

US Politics: He Predicted a Trump Win in 2016. What’s His Forecast For 2020? | NYT Opinion video

He Predicted a Trump Win in 2016. What’s His Forecast For 2020? | NYT Opinion

Right now, polls say Joe Biden has a healthy lead over President Trump. But we’ve been here before (cue 2016), and the polls were, frankly, wrong. One man, however, was not.

The historian Allan Lichtman was the lonely forecaster who predicted Mr. Trump’s victory in 2016 — and also prophesied the president would be impeached. That’s two for two. But Professor Lichtman’s record goes much deeper.          Continue reading

USA Elections 2020: THE  DONALD  IS ONE  LUCKY  GUY – By Hubert Williams

COMMENTARY – By  Hubert  Williams

Bridgetown, Barbados, September 5, 2020 – Nearly four years ago, against all odds, a political novice named Donald Trump, who I said at the time understood well the science of deals, shocked the world by defeating Mrs. Hillary Clinton, humbling the Democratic Party and winning his way into the White House as America’s 45th President.

Now, political novice no more, he seeks to rise to the challenge of a repeat; and is again blessed by incipient weakness in the opposition for the November 3 poll; for it is Nature’s dictate that an old man and a young woman seldom mate well; and the brief campaign — with all its COVID-19 restrictions and racially-tinged disturbances around the country — will likely coalesce white and right-wing support around the President.      Continue reading

Our kind of people: … America’s black upper class and Black Lives Matter

The United States is also home to the biggest group of highly successful black folk in the world

United States Aug 22nd 2020 edition – The Economist

Lawrence Otis Graham recalls where he first met Kamala Harris, last summer, in Martha’s Vineyard. It was at the holiday home of Spike Lee, a film director, who held a $1,500-a-head fundraiser for the woman who is now number two on the Democratic ticket. “She is the new Barack Obama for us,” says the thrilled Mr Graham, an author and property lawyer from New York. By “us” Mr Graham means African-Americans, and in particular the glitziest end of African-American high society.            Continue reading