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Jesse Wegman makes a case for abolishing the Electoral College — and for picking the window seat

"These aren’t pie-in-the-sky ideas," says Jesse Wegman, member of The New York Times editorial board, when asked about national efforts to shift toward a vote-by-mail system in the middle of a pandemic.

In Opinion Jesse Wegman writes: "It may take more work to win elections by listening to what voters actually want than by simply rigging the maps, but it’s a critical step to save our representative democracy."

"The way the Electoral College operates today is not carved in stone," says author Jesse Wegman. "The winner-take-all rule is really just a state invention. There's nothing keeping us from changing it to a different method." @nprfreshair )

Jesse Wegman, author of "Let the People Pick the President," says the Electoral College's winner-take-all rule is not mandated by the Constitution: "There's nothing keeping us from changing it." @nprfreshair )

@PoliticsProse  • March 19 at 7 p.m.: Jesse Wegman in conversation with Adam Liptak discussing "Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College "

As Jesse Wegman indicates in his new book, the Electoral College has distorted American politics from the very beginning

In Opinion "President Trump’s impeachment defense is — in addition to being riddled with false factual claims and misleading characterizations — legal claptrap. It’s also likely to work," writes Jesse Wegman.

A theme has emerged in the impeachment hearings: Veteran government officials are coming to understand only reluctantly that Trump and his henchmen spent months carrying out a secretive extortion plot to help him win re-election in 2020, says Jesse Wegman

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"Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams represent an increasingly endangered species in Mr. Trump’s Washington, a world populated by grifters, self-dealers, liars and cheats who look at political power and see personal gain," writes Jesse Wegman

If Tuesday’s congressional testimony by William Taylor is to be taken at face value, then it is now beyond doubt: President Trump placed his personal political future above the national-security interests of the United States, writes Jesse Wegman

If Tuesday’s congressional testimony by William Taylor is to be taken at face value, then it is now beyond doubt: President Trump placed his personal political future above the national-security interests of the United States, writes Jesse Wegman

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