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Breaking News

This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.




  • Odds of a Contested November Election Are on the Rise

    Now that state-run electoral systems are in chaos in the midst of a pandemic, with no assurances the conditions for normal voting behavior will return by November, the odds of a contested general election (not just by Trump, but by elements of both parties) have gone up.



  • 15th Turns 150!

    The presence of new citizens in the form of formerly enslaved people forced Congress to consider what citizenship and voting actually meant. 



  • The Quarantine Diaries

    Around the world, the history of our present moment is taking shape in journal entries and drawings.



  • A Troublemaker With a Gavel

    by Karen Tumulty

    Perhaps, before too long, the troublemaker with a gavel will finally get her wish—to no longer hear herself introduced as the most powerful woman in American history.



  • All the President's Crackpots

    by Jeet Heer

    Richard A. Epstein’s crank theories about the coronavirus are influential thanks to a powerful network of right-wing legal activists.