@MorningEdition, @UpFirst; #Jacksonland: https://t.co/rbiz4bc7VC Coming 1/14/20: Imperfect Union: John Fremont, Jessie Fremont, and the Identity of America
Internal NPR memo notes "Election Day" is less distinct than it was. It's evolved into "voting season," with voting for weeks before the date. Counting mail-in ballots takes days afterward. All presidential elections used to be so. Imperfect Union describes the election of 1844:
McConnell alleges that Democrats want to permanently alter the rules of the game. Republicans, of course, are themselves accused of trying to permanently alter the rules through the census, voter suppression-- and McConnell's own open effort to pack the courts. 1/
McConnell waited little more than an hour after news of Ginsburg's death to give an elaborate rationalization, which he'd publicized in advance, for why his Garland rule applied solely to 2016, not 2020. What remains the same in both cases: his party has more than 50 votes.
Am spending the day judging a high school debate tournament - young people arguing the merits and demerits of Medicare for All - and I think the country will be all right if we can hold it together long enough to leave it to them.
Here’s the video where McConnell, in 2019, first said he would fill a vacancy in an election year. As it becomes clear he will disregard the principle he publicly articulated in 2016, his audience laughs.
So far in 2020, we've had a near-war with Iran; a presidential impeachment trial; a string of presidential primaries; and a global pandemic that crashed the stock market and shut down the country and much of the world. Today is March 27.
March 11 was arguably the day life changed: the president gave an ill-received speech, markets fell, Tom Hanks said he tested positive, and the NBA played its final games. Other sports and most schools closed within days. March 11 was five months ago today.