Commentary

People watch from their vehicle as President Donald Trump, on left of video screen, and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speak during a Presidential Debate Watch Party at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The debate party was organized by Manny's, a San Francisco community meeting and learning place. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Comment: Candidates were muted but not their differences

The debate’s exchanges were much improved over the first meeting; so who used that to its best effect?

 

Comment: The GOP is headed for defeat, and it knows it

Don’t trust the polls? Consider how Republicans are scrambling to lock in actions before the election.

 

Comment: Why do some entertain election doomsday scenarios?

Paradoxically, it’s a kind of desperate optimism and idealism that lurks behind responsible pessimism.

 

Kevin Duncan puts his ballot in the ballot drop box outside of the Arlington Library on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 in Arlington, Wash. The Arlington school District has three measures on the February ballot, including one to replace Post Middle School. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Commentary: Get your ballots in early by mail or drop box

To make sure your ballot is counted and your voice heard get your ballot in; the earlier, the better.

Kevin Duncan puts his ballot in the ballot drop box outside of the Arlington Library on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 in Arlington, Wash. The Arlington school District has three measures on the February ballot, including one to replace Post Middle School. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Comment: Chief justice most focused on court’s legitimacy

His siding with the court’s liberals in an election case signals his desire to avoid partisanship.

Comment: Democrats shouldn’t retaliate; they should legislate

Rather than packing the court, they can heed the court’s ‘texualists’ and pass laws that protect policy.

Kristen Welker on the "Today" show in January. MUST CREDIT: Nathan Congleton/NBC

Comment: How debate moderator can deliver useful discussion

NBC’s Kristen Welker can take some tips from Savannah Guthrie to keep control of the questioning.

Kristen Welker on the "Today" show in January. MUST CREDIT: Nathan Congleton/NBC

Comment: Biden, at 77, could be a champion of young Democrats

By steering a moderate course, he could advance much of what progressives are seeking.

Comment: Summer’s BLM protests weren’t as violent as portrayed

A review of more than 7,000 protests shows that 96 percent involved no property damage or injuries to police.

Commentary: Debunking 5 myths about mail-in ballots

For starters, they don’t favor either party and the process isn’t rife with fraud.

Comment: Who loses from the rush to confirm a 9th justice?

Take your pick: Democrats, Republicans, the Supreme Court and the American people, for starters.

Demonstrators on both sides of the abortion issue stand on the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 20, 2016, as the court announced several decisions. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Comment: Court-packing a bad idea but shouldn’t be ruled out

Just the threat of adding justices can promote moderation among the Supreme Court’s membership.

Demonstrators on both sides of the abortion issue stand on the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 20, 2016, as the court announced several decisions. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Comment: Enrolling in Medicare? These 3 tips make it easier

It’s open enrollment time. Here’s how to get the information you need online, by phone or video chat.

October 18, 2020: Town halls

Comment: Town halls show Trump, Biden same as they ever were

In their competing appearances, Biden explained — at length — and Trump boasted and sidestepped.

October 18, 2020: Town halls

Comment: Herd immunity requires a vaccine or killing millions

We can’t reliably protect the vulnerable if we allow the disease to spread freely among young adults.

Comment: NBC caved to ratings with Trump counter-programming

The network could have scheduled a town hall at any time; it chose to drown out ABC’s Biden town hall.

Comment: Majority of public losing say in federal courts’ makeup

Jurists are being confirmed by U.S. senators who represent a minority of the American public.

Comment: Trump, senators lack cool — if not candor — of Barrett

While not the judge’s doing, a cloud hangs over her nomination, thanks to Trump and Republicans.

Comment: Before passing more covid relief, get it right

Lax oversight meant that billions of aid went to fraudsters or to companies for which it wasn’t meant.

Comment: Why it isn’t as simple as ‘applying the law as written’

Justice Anton Scalia was an ‘originalist,’ but his opinions sure meshed with his political beliefs.

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