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Right: Democrats Are Not Going To Relinquish Power Peacefully (The Federalist)
Right: Jean-Pierre completely ignores reporter who confronts her with Biden's own words on shutting down coal plants (The Blaze)
Right: Joe Biden’s bizarre closing argument: ‘Shut up, moocher’ (Washington Examiner)
Left: Colts hiring Jeff Saturday as interim head coach is slap in the face of Black coaches (USA Today)
Left: Nancy Pelosi’s frank admission about the attack on her husband (CNN)
Left: Donald Trump Lawyer Alina Habba Warns Ron DeSantis Not To Run Against Him (Huffington Post)
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US: Evacuations announced for thousands in Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole (Fox News)
US: California ticket holder scoops $2bn jackpot in biggest lottery payout ever (The Guardian)
US: A man who flaunted private jets and luxury cars on Instagram gets 11 years in prison for money laundering (CNN)
World: Biden admin nudging led Ukraine to drop Putin condition for peace talks (POLITICO)
Business: Crypto exchange Binance to acquire rival FTX (Axios)
Business: Musk reportedly considers locking all of Twitter behind a paywall (CNBC)
World: China will focus on preparing for WAR, Xi Jinping declares (Daily Mail)
Sports: Blatter says picking Qatar as World Cup host was a 'mistake' (AP)
Now We Wait
With polls closed, it could be days or possibly weeks before we know the outcome of several key midterm races. This is because some states are required by law to wait until after Election Day to open mail-in ballots, while there are ongoing lawsuits concerning some ballots and things like improper dating. Also, Maricopa County, Arizona — one of the nation's largest counties — experienced problems with its voting machines.
Reporting from the Left: Why midterms 'election night' will be more like 'election week' (ABC News)
Reporting from the Right: White House warns elections results may not be clear until ‘a few days’ after election: ‘It takes time’ (Fox News)
From The Flag: Following the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden wasn’t declared the winner for several days, and there were legal challenges to voting results in several states. As a similar situation unfolds two years later, here’s more from both sides.
Speed Up the Counting Process, Election Integrity Demands It
- It’s completely unacceptable that we can’t count all the votes by election night, which is something other nations have achieved.
- President Biden may have tipped Democrats' hand and let it be known the left plans to object to the election’s results.
- Despite hostile objections from most in the media, Americans have had success fighting for election integrity.
“Count All the Votes on Election Night” The Editors, National Review: “In nearly every area of American life, the 21st century has accustomed us to faster service, faster delivery, and faster information. … Yet somehow, the counting of votes only seems to get slower. Worse, the glacial pace at which some cities and states count votes is ever more visible to voters. Websites and cable news can keep us glued to screens as the tallies rise, and then stop, before those counting go to bed for the night, or even sometimes subtract things that were added to the count by error. … None of this is necessary. Many other advanced democracies resolve their elections in one night. While we prefer our system to the political systems of Britain, France, or Israel… there is no good reason why our vote-counting system should be this much slower. … Some sources of mistrust in our election system are harder to repair than others, but this one is self-inflicted.”
“Does Joe Biden Know The Fix Is In?” Matt Keener, American Thinker: “Sunlight is said to be the best disinfectant—and I would propose that the best way you counter conspiracy theories is with absolute transparency. That is what this upcoming election and voters deserve: A restoration of confidence in their vote. That is why Joe Biden’s 20-minute fear-mongering speech a week before a midterm election—a speech in which he could tout zero accomplishments of his own even as he conflated the attack on Paul Pelosi with Donald Trump, January 6, and ‘election deniers,’ all while simultaneously warning this election might take days to decide as they did in 2020—is so concerning. Biden tried to paint Republicans as extremists while hinting ahead of time that they might question this upcoming election as well. It is a heck of a warning. Is it fair to ask if it is part of their strategy? Did he just tell us their game plan?”
One more opinion piece from the Right: If Republicans Win On Tuesday, Thank The Election Integrity Movement Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
Settle In for the Long Haul, Which Reinforces the Democratic Process
- Voters would be wise to expect a “red mirage” in which in-person voting leans Republican, followed by mail-in ballots that favor Democrats.
- While it’s natural for people to want an answer on Election Day, determining an accurate count is most important.
- It may be time to retire the terms “election day” and “election night” altogether because the term “election season” is more accurate.
“Vote counting could take time. That’s good — not a sign of fraud.” Editorial Board, Washington Post: “As Americans await the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections… it is reasonable to expect another ‘red mirage’ in which Election Day votes, which lean Republican, are counted and reported quickly, while mail-in ballots, which Democrats tend to use disproportionately, take more time to tally. In 2020, Mr. Trump falsely claimed that the delay inherent in proper, careful vote counting was evidence of electoral foul play. If the Pennsylvania vote is close, things could get even messier… election officials have set aside thousands of ballots on which voters neglected to write a date or on which they wrote the wrong date. … Things could be smoother elsewhere. Georgia, for example, usually counts its votes quickly. … Americans should exercise patience — and state leaders should take it as another sign they need to fix the mechanics of democracy before 2024.”
“Why we won’t have all the results on election night” Leigh M. Chapman, Philadelphia Inquirer Op-ed: “The question I am asked over and over is: When will we have the results? It’s a fair question. We will all be eager to know the outcome of such an important election. … But the answer I must give may not be the one people want to hear. While we would all like to go to bed on Election Night knowing who won in every race, it will likely take a few days for complete unofficial results. … An accurate count is paramount and cannot be rushed. … That short interval of time does not mean anything nefarious is occurring; rather, it simply demonstrates (a) careful, deliberative process… Dishonest sources who want to sow discord and doubt and create chaos sometimes use normal, expected processing times for election results to spread misinformation and disinformation about the integrity of the election.”
One more opinion piece from the Left: Get ready to wait for the midterm results Joanna Lydgate, Norm Eisen, and Christine Todd Whitman, Los Angeles Times Op-ed
Majority Trust in US Elections, With a Partisan Divide
Polling results released by Gallup last week found 6 in 10 Americans trust in the nation’s election integrity, although Democrats (85%) expressed a higher level of confidence than Republicans (45%).
In a separate poll, an even higher portion of respondents expressed confidence in the nation’s elections (80%), while the partisan divide held.
Nearly a quarter of all Republicans and 19% of Independents said they didn’t trust the accuracy of election results, compared to just 5% of Democrats who felt the same way (NewsNation/Decision Desk HQ).
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Kristallnacht, Biggest Time Wasters, Growing Intelligence
On November 9, 1938, in an event that would foreshadow the Holocaust, German Nazis launched a campaign of terror against Jewish people and their homes and businesses in Germany and Austria. The violence continued through the next day and was later dubbed “Kristallnacht,” or “Night of Broken Glass." Above is the interior view of the destroyed Fasanenstrasse Synagogue, in Berlin.
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