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Trump’s ‘fraud’ charges run real risk of costing GOP Senate runoffs in Georgia

‘If voters believe the game is rigged, why should they bother playing?’ President Trump and his supporters have reason to be sore about how they’ve been treated. But their anger about the hypocrisy of their opponents and hard feelings about the way Joe Biden won shouldn’t encourage them to give up. That’s the danger of promoting the belief that..

Why School Districts Are Bringing Back Younger Children First

After a summer of uncertainty and fear about how schools across the globe would operate in a pandemic, a consensus has emerged in more and more districts: In-person teaching with young children is safer than with older ones and particularly crucial for their development. On Sunday, New York City, home to the country’s largest school system, became ..

There’s Another Runoff in Georgia, and the Winner Gets a Month in Congress

ATLANTA — Kwanza Hall and Robert M. Franklin Jr. have been campaigning for months, planting signs in grassy medians along busy Atlanta roadways and onto windows of popular brunch spots. They have distributed hand sanitizer, met with the men of Omega Psi Phi and vigorously debated each other. In a livestreamed discussion, they delved into ambitious ..

No easy return to Iran deal and other commentary

Liberal: No Easy Return to Iran Deal The New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman warns Joe Biden, “This is not the Middle East you left four years ago.” President Trump’s “most significant foreign-policy achievement” was forcing “Israel and the key Sunni Arab states to become less reliant on the United States” and “cooperate among themselves over new t..

What to Know About the Supreme Court Census Case

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments on a question that goes to the heart of American democracy: Must the government count everyone living in the country, citizens or not, in the census totals that the House of Representatives uses to reallocate its 435 seats among the states? For more than two centuries, the answer has been “yes.” Both Art..

Wisconsin certifies Joe Biden victory after partial recount

Wisconsin officials on Monday certified President-elect Joe Biden’s win after a partial recount added 87 votes to the Democrat’s narrow margin. Ann Jacobs, the Democratic chairwoman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, confirmed Biden’s victory over President Trump by 20,695 votes out of about 3.3 million ballots cast. Trump’s campaign paid $3 ..

California’s Governor Warns of ‘Drastic Action’ as Hospitals Fill

A Covid-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles. California is one of several states that had appeared to have gained control of the virus, only to see it spread rapidly throughout the fall. Credit...Jae C. Hong/Associated PressCalifornia’s intensive care units could be overloaded by the middle of December, and its hospita..

Vaccines Are Coming, but Pandemic Experts Expect a ‘Horrible’ Winter

Each week, good news about vaccines or antibody treatments surfaces, offering hope that an end to the pandemic is at hand. And yet this holiday season presents a grim reckoning. The United States has reached an appalling milestone: more than one million new coronavirus cases every week. Hospitals in some states are full to bursting. The number of d..

Cuomo Fears ‘Nightmare of Overwhelmed Hospitals’ as Virus Cases Spike

Warning that New York had entered a “new phase in the war against Covid,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Monday that the state will implement a barrage of new emergency actions, some of which echo the strict measures taken this spring, to stem a rising tide of infections and deaths. Mr. Cuomo said that the strength of the virus’s second wave has forc..

Arizona Certifies Biden’s Victory and Wisconsin Is Expected to Follow Suit

Election officials counting votes during a recount in Milwaukee this month.Credit...Tannen Maury/EPA, via ShutterstockArizona on Monday officially certified President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s narrow victory in a state President Trump won four years ago, further undermining efforts by Mr. Trump and his supporters to portray his decisive national ..

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